6-foot-9 inch power forward James Michael McAdoo has basketball blood in his veins. Both his parents went pro playing basketball in Europe and his older sister played collegiate ball at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. It doesn’t stop there; Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo also lies in his family tree.
Coming into the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, McAdoo was a McDonald’s All American. After his freshman year, he was projected to be a lottery pick; instead he decided to stay for two more years. McAdoo was named to the All-ACC Second team in his sophomore and junior season.
He had forgone his senior year and declared for the draft after his junior year. Coming from the UNC, McAdoo was on track to go pro like other current NBA players: Vince Carter, Kendall Marshall, Ty Lawson, and even our very own Harrison Barnes. Unfortunately, on draft night, he never heard his name called by Adam Silver. Many scouts believed he was too much of a “tweener” as he lacked both a dominant post game and perimeter game. He averaged a solid stat line of 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds for UNC during the 2013-14 season.
Today, he is trying to make an NBA roster by showcasing his talents in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League. Playing and starting at the forward position for the Warriors, he has been playing a solid amount of minutes. In their second win, McAdoo’s play was quite disappointing. He shot 3-11 from the field for six points, three rebounds, two steals, and two assists. Unless he turns a corner and impresses the Warriors, they may not need him. The Warriors currently have three power forwards on the roster: David Lee, Marreese Speights, and Hilton Armstrong.
He will need to step his game up and prove he’s a valuable asset by showing his best assets: his athleticism and energy. McAdoo is great finisher around the basket but on the defensive end, he lacks the ability to rebound. Just like his offensive game, he is versatile in the sense he can do a bit of everything. He possesses an impressive 7’ 1 wing span but isn’t bulky enough to defend large forwards and he isn’t quick enough to defend guards for long periods of time.