Like Oladipo had the clear advantage on the defensive slide, McLemore has the clear advantage in this slide. With Big Mac being compared to a more athletic and explosive version of Ray Allen, quite possibly the best pure shooter in the history of the NBA, you can't say he doesn't have the advantage here.
A lot of people will point out the fact that Oladipo had higher field goal percentages and even a higher three-point percentage. McLemore shot 49.5 percent overall, and 42.0 percent from beyond the arc. Both are extremely impressive numbers for a shooting guard.
But wait a minute! Oladipo rocked a 59.9 percent field goal percentage and a 44.1 three point percentage.
Why does McLemore have the clear advantage then?
It all comes down to what I've been saying over and over again during this slideshow: Style of play.
The vast majority of Oladipo's scoring came from inside the paint or short inside jumpers, using his physicality to get in close, while McLemore spent a lot more time on the perimeter and in the mid-range than Oladipo. Mclemore took a total of 174 three-pointers this past season, while Oladipo only took 68. There's nothing wrong with that, and props to Oladipo for making over 44 percent of his tries, but with his style of play, almost all of his threes were wide-open, spot up shots.
McLemore actually made 73 of his three-pointers, five more than Oladipo took.
And then there's mechanics. Oladipo has worked hard (and he has done a pretty good job) of fixing his jump-shot mechanics, but the fact is, it's still a big-time work in progress. His mechanics still aren't very repeatable, they're not fluid, and quite frankly, it's a pretty ugly jumper. It works for him and his style, but those are the facts.
McLemore's jumper is an absolutely beautiful piece of art. It's easily the best jump-shot we've seen in the NBA draft in a long time, and the comparisons to Ray Allen aren't far off. His jumper is absolutely picturesque.
Advantage: McLemore. Oladipo is improving in this area, but I don't think anyone will argue that McLemore, at this point, has a much better jumper.