Bojan Bogdanovic was the big player the Wizards acquired in Wednesday’s trade with Brooklyn, but he wasn’t the only player they got from the Nets. They also acquired Chris McCullough, the 29th overall pick in the 2015 draft, as part of the deal.
Prior to being drafted by the Nets, he played one season at Syracuse, which came to an end in mid-January after he tore his ACL. McCullough has spent most of his first two pro seasons bouncing back and forth between Brooklyn and their D-League affiliate, where he averaged 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game this season while shooting 34.7 percent on threes.
Here’s a quick breakdown of what he can bring to the table in Washington:
McCullough is great athlete at the power forward position. He runs the floor well in transition which should be put to good use in Washington. McCullough is also fantastic at using his height and athletic ability to attack the offensive and defensive boards, and contest shots.
He can also stretch the floor with his outside shot. He has a nice stroke, good range on his shot, and isn’t afraid to launch it when he’s open.
While McCullough is very athletic, he doesn't utilize his strength well. He is listed at 215 pounds, 10 pounds less than Washington’s other acquisition, Bogdanovic. However he’s still only 22, so there’s plenty of time for him to grow more into his frame. That will make him more dependable finishing around the rim and defending people in the post.
McCullough is set to make $1.5 million next season and has a team option for $2.2 million in 2018-19. Though he may not make an impact for Washington right away, he has the right set of skills to develop into an athletic, stretch four option to complement John Wall down the road.
If he can continue to bulk up and add to his game under Scott Brooks, he very well may prove to be more than just salary filler in Bogdanovic trade.