NBA Draft 2014: Evaluating Dario Šarić, Nik Stauskas, Tyler Ennis, and Doug McDermott

Joe Robbins

In this edition of the player capsules, we take a look at Players 9-12 on the Orlando Pinstriped Post community big board.

We've been cranking out player capsules over the past two weeks. Below is the third one, featuring Dario Saric, Nik Stauskas, Tyler Ennis and Doug McDermott.

Dario Saric

Height: 6'10

Weight: 223

Wingspan: 6'10

I've grown to really like Saric, so much that I moved him to No. 6 on my latest big board, ahead of Noah Vonleh, Aaron Gordon and Marcus Smart, respectively. The dude has just been dominating European league after European league before he comes to America, and he can't even legally drink in this country. That's absurd.

Potential fit in Orlando:

Not only do I like Saric as a player, but I also think he'd be a perfect fit in Orlando. He can play either forward position and boost a little creativity in the offense as a playmaker. The worry here is whether or not he can defend either forward spot, but he's a feisty player who at least attempts to work on that end. He's huge for a small forward and only average at power forward--that isn't a bad place to be.

Selecting Saric also gives Orlando the benefit of stashing him away for a season, depending on whether or not he chooses to come State-side. This allows the Magic to work out the slew of forwards it has on the roster for another year to give the organization a chance to iron out the kinks. Meaning, they can decide which forward is worthy of a second contract, who should be let go and who can provide trade value. Then, in another year or so when Orlando is ready to compete, Saric can be thrown into the mix.

Of course, I'd hope that Saric would come over immediately, because patience is a virtue that I apparently don't have, but there can be good in him dominating Europe for another season.

Nik Stauskas

Height: 6'6

Weight: 207

Wingspan: 6'7.75

No player in college basketball changed his role and game in one season more than Stauskas. In 2012/13, with Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. leading the way, Stauskas, a freshman at the time, played mostly off the ball as a spot up shooter. He was great in that capacity, of course, because he's a fantastic shooter, but in his sophomore season he showed off a new skill-set: Passing, dribbling and working as a secondary ball handler.

Without Burke and Hardaway Jr. soaking up possessions, Stauskas became a very good playmaker, adding the ability to score off the dribble and in pick-and-rolls. His assist rated more than doubled (from 7.6 to 18.8 percent) and his Usage Rate shot up. The most encouraging piece of statistics was that Stauskas' True Shooting actually improved by a percent, despite taking on a higher workload in the offense.

So now Stauskas is a player with multiple weapons on offense. He can knock down open shots, and he barely trails only Doug McDermott as the best shooter in the class; he can score in isolation, using a deadly pull up jumper; or he can facilitate pick-and-rolls, where he's threatening enough to find the roll man or drill the shot if the defense plays under the screen.

Potential fit in Orlando:

Because of his ability to do so many different things offensively, he'd be a great fit with the Magic.  If Victor Oladipo is the point guard of the future, Stauskas is the perfect running partner. Oladipo would take the tougher matchup on defense and continue with lead guard responsibilities, while Stauskas would help with facilitating the offense and serve as a floor spacer off the ball. As I'm writing this, I'm actually getting a little giddy about the possibility of seeing the two work in tandem.

Tyler Ennis

Height: 6'2

Weight: 182

Wingspan: 6'7.25

Ennis peaked as high six or seven in some mock drafts during the college season, but has dropped off a bit since the pre-Draft processes began. He isn't an elite athlete or shooter, two things that really stick out in one-on-one, workout type settings. Marcus Smart reportedly dominated Ennis in a workout for the Lakers, so badly, in fact, that the Lakers are bringing Smart back to face Elfrid Payton, whom they hope will serve as tougher competition.

This shouldn't, however, come as much a surprise for anyone who is paying attention. Smart is an aggressive bully type point guard built to physically dominate his opponents. No wonder Ennis was dominated. Ennis is a much more laid back, in control type guard who thrives by taking care of the ball, setting up his teammates and picking his own spots to score.

That might put a cap on his ceiling, but it also seals up his floor. Ennis won't be a bad guard in the NBA. At the very worst, he'll become a reliable back up point guard, something every championship team needs to have.

Potential fit in Orlando:

Take what I said about Stauskas and flip it. Ennis would play caretaker alongside Oladipo, who would take the tougher of the two guard assignments on defense. Argue all you want about whether Ennis is a knock-down shooter, what he really needs to improve is his ability to score inside the arc. He was atrocious around the rim (54.7 percent, per Hoop-Math) and shot barely over 30 percent on two-point jumpers. He also doesn't get to the free-throw line very often. One of those attributes has to improve if he wants to be a threat in the NBA.

Doug McDermott

Height: 6'7

Weight: 218

Wingspan: 6'9.25

We'll finish this tier talk off with McBuckets, one of my favorite college basketball players of all time. Allow me to rant, if you will: We don't really get the chance to see college basketball players as good as McDermott very often, because top talents leave the college game before they are seniors and physically dominant over freshman. That's totally fine, by the way, because they come to the NBA and the NBA is a much, much better game and, oh yeah, they get compensated for their services.

But it's hilarious and awesome when a really good basketball player stays for a few extra years and dominates lesser competition and tries his best to win a championship. Can you imagine if John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins stayed four years at Kentucky? Actually, I wonder how that would have affected their draft status. Wait, that'd put both of them in last year's draft and Cleveland still would have taken Anthony Bennett and Orlando would have had their choice of the two! STAY IN COLLEGE, KIDS!! (not really, go get paid immediately)

Back to McDermott: He's lights out from anywhere on the floor and has seemingly unlimited range. He can score on the block, though I'm less bullish he'll be able to do this in the NBA. Plus, he can score better off the dribble than most people think--he added a Dirk Nowitzki one-foot fadeaway to his game, a perfect move to compliment his less than stellar lateral quickness.

Potential fit in Orlando:

Orlando needs shooting very badly and McDermott would add that immediately. He can play either forward spot, in the sense that you can literally put him at either, but I think he's going to play a lot more small forward in the NBA. Herein lies the difference between tweeners and guys who can play either spot: Jabari Parker can play for long stretches at power forward in small ball schemes without murdering the defense, but McDermott at power forward is death by shots at the rim. That is unless he's paired with a shot blocking savant, of which Orlando has none.

So McDermott is a small forward. Here's the thing: He's actually a very crafty and smart team defender. He knows where to be, he knows how to rotate and he works really hard to stay in front of his man on the perimeter. He'll never be an above average defender because he doesn't have the length or lateral quickness, but you can get away with hiding him on the opposing team's most unthreatening offensive presence. He'll find an NBA home because he can shoot from anywhere on the floor.

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