As part of CSN's preview for the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we preview Chris McCullough's season...
Player: Chris McCullough
Position: Power forward
2016-17 stats: 16 G, 5.0 mpg, 2.3 ppg, 0.1 apg, 1.2 rpg, 0.1 spg, 0.5 bpg, 50.0 FG%, 14.3 3P%, 60.0 FT%, 51.6 eFG%, 37 ORtg, 98 DRtg
2017-18 storyline: McCullough appeared in just two games for the Wizards in the 2016-17 season after joining them in the trade deadline deal that brought Bojan Bogdanovic to Washington. McCullough was a mainstay on the inactives list in what was his second NBA season. Combined with the 14 games he played for the Nets last year, McCullough appeared in a total of 80 minutes all year.
McCullough's athletic potential is obvious, as he shows in practice all the time and as he showed in the 2017 Summer League in Las Vegas. He can run the floor, play above the rim and even has a smooth jumper from long range. How and if McCullough can put it all together are the real questions.
[RELATED: HOW THE NBA CAN PREVENT TANKING]
In the Summer League, McCullough showed an ability to finish strong at the rim and grab rebounds, but his shot was cold and he spent considerable time on the perimeter. It's not clear yet what type of NBA style suits him best. Will he be a stretch-4 or is he best served by simply focusing on rebounding and defense?
The Wizards won't be able to give McCullough much of an opportunity this year, either, and that's even with the expectation Markeff Morris will miss several weeks of the regular season. They have depth ahead of McCullough including veterans Jason Smith and Mike Scott at power forward. McCullough will likely see some time in the G-League this year as he hopes to start reaching his vast potential. Keep in mind the Wizards have to decide on McCullough's rookie scale contract option for the 2018-19 season. The deadline is Oct. 16, the day before the NBA regular season begins.
Potential to improve: Rim protection, offensive skillset, consistency
MORE WIZARDS' ROSTER PREVIEWS:
Can John Wall take another step after earning All-NBA?
Is this the year Bradley Beal becomes an All-Star?
What is the next step in Otto Porter's development?
Markieff Morris can be an X-factor this season
Will Marcin Gortat's role change or be the same this year?
Will Kelly Oubre, Jr. make a big leap this season?
Can Ian Mahinmi make a bigger impact in his second season?
Will Tim Frazier be the solution at backup point guard?
Jodie Meeks could make big impact off bench
Mike Scott can add toughness to Wizards' bench
Jason Smith's improvement as a shooter should help Wizards bench
Will Tomas Satoransky's role expand in his second year?
Will Sheldon Mac be given a bigger opportunity?
Can Daniel Ochefu earn playing time in a crowded frontcourt?
[RELATED: WHO WILL BE MOST-IMPROVED ON THE WIZARDS THIS YEAR?]
SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE WIZARDS STORIES