Grading Every Mountain West NBA Draft Selection Of The 2010s
Grading the professional career of every Mountain West player in the NBA Draft this decade
Grading MW NBA Draft selections of the ’10s
The 2019 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. With another 60 players soon to join the NBA ranks, here’s a look back at every Mountain West NBA Draft selection of the 2010s.
Boise State | ’18 Draft – R1P22 | 20.3 MPG/5.2 PPG/4.2 RPG
I’m not a fan of grading a player’s career just a year removed from draft day, but for the sake of inclusion, I decided to have Chandler Hutchison among the names in this piece. It could be a while before we truly know how the BSU star’s career will pan out.
As of right now, he’s tasked with trying to make the most of his time with a completely incompetent franchise in the Chicago Bulls. Hutchison started 10 consecutive games in January before suffering a bone fracture in his foot that caused the swingman to miss the rest of his rookie season.
UNLV | ’16 Draft – R2P38 | 15.5 MPG/3.7 PPG/1.5 RPG
What do we make of Patrick McCaw’s career after three years? Yes, he has three rings, but he’s averaged 7.7 minutes per game over his 32 playoff appearances.
Needless to say, McCaw being a perfect 3-for-3 has more to do with luck than anything else. At just 23 years old, there’s plenty of time for McCaw to leave his stamp on what would be his fourth (!) championship ring, though. No matter how it’s done, you can’t hate on a guy who has an NBA title, let alone three before his 24th birthday.
UNLV | ’16 Draft – R2P41 | 5.7 MPG/1.2 PPG/1.8 RPG
It’s been a rough go of it for the former one-and-done Rebel in his professional career thus far. Zimmerman was waived just 376 days after the Orlando Magic selected him in the 2016 draft and he’s been in the G League ever since. It’s tough to say whether Zimmerman will ever return to the league and in what capacity. The big man averaged 20.1 minutes and 8.3 points per game with the Westchester Knicks this past season.
UNLV | ’15 Draft – R1P17 | 12.0 MPG/3.0 PPG/1.1 RPG
The 22-year old former Rebel Rashad Vaughn has already donned seven uniforms in his young professional career. Vaughn averaged just over 14 minutes a game in his rookie year with the Milwaukee Bucks, starting six times.
After bouncing around the G League the past few seasons, Vaughn might be able to make the jump this summer if he delivers over the offseason. The guard poured in 15.5 points per game and logged a 40.7/39.2/85.2 shooting slash line last season with Delaware.