Michigan's Mitch McGary may have missed most of the 2013-14 season for his Wolverines, and while he will not be picked nearly as high as he may have one year ago if he chose to enter the 2013 NBA Draft there still remains a high likelihood that the 6-foot-10 Chesterton, Indiana native will be selected late in the first round.
1. San Antonio Spurs
Picture this: McGary landing with the reigning NBA Champions, the San Antonio Spurs. That's where DraftExpress has him going at this moment, and what a fit he would be. With Boris Diaw and Patty Mills set to become a free agents it's likely that the Spurs will either be looking for a starter or even more depth to their already loaded bench. If McGary's there for the taking at pick No. 30, San Antonio could very easily swipe him away from everyone else. And what a coup that would be.
2. Miami Heat
But picture this as well: the Miami Heat, a team desperate for big men, snatching McGary with the 26th overall pick. Certainly would be a power move and with so much attention being laid upon the likes of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh (assuming The Big Three stays intact) McGary would garner dozens of opportunities to be the type of productive big man the Heat have been searching for.
3. Milwaukee Bucks
Assuming that Mitch McGary falls out of the first round, he might not fall very far from that tree. The Milwaukee Bucks are in need of a big man with John Henson being made available for a trade via reports that came out on Sunday. At pick No. 31, the Bucks are currently projected to take 7-foot-3 center Walter Tavares of Gran Canaria International, one pick after Mitch McGary was to be selected. As we've learned though, nothing is ever easy to predict. The Bucks could find themselves in a great spot should the Michigan man tumble out of the first round, and it would behoove them to pick him up.
4. Toronto Raptors
If there is one team picking early in the first round that could "reach" for Mitch McGary, that team could be the Toronto Raptors. Right now, Toronto has some fine pieces but adding frontcourt depth is a big need for them this offseason. If they love what they have seen from McGary in his two year sin college and any workouts he's been involved in, could they take a chance on him? It's certainly possible. It could bode well for them as well if McGary falls into the second round as they currently stand with the 37th overall pick. If teams like San Antonio and Milwaukee pass on him, he could fall all the way up to Canada if things turn out right.
5. Los Angeles Clippers
Finally, the Los Angeles Clippers present an interesting case. It's true that they already have two frontline starters in DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. After that though, it is a relatively thin unit. Chad Ford, ESPN NBA aficionado has McGary being taken by the Clippers to fill that big man depth issue and I'm of the opinion that it certainly would make some level of sense. Trotting out a triad of Jordan, Griffin and McGary is treacherous at merely the thought, and would aid one of the deepest teams in the league already greatly.