Summer league games tend to matter less when you’re a championship-level team with a mostly-set roster. As any Golden State Warriors fan worth their salt will tell you, though, the Dubs aren’t your regular title winner.
Due to the club’s atypical, dual-timeline approach to roster construction — not to mention the exodus of multiple players from its NBA Finals run — Golden State’s followers and front office alike had plenty to track this time around. And people looking to find a diamond in the rough weren’t left disappointed.
Mac McClung, who had cups of coffee with the Bulls and Lakers in addition to being named G League Rookie of the Year last season, quickly emerged as an unlikely summer hero for the Warriors.
In seven summer league appearances, he averaged 13.3 points, nearly four rebounds, four assists and a steal per game with shooting splits of 49-46-77. As a result, the Warriors rewarded him with a one-year, non-guaranteed deal and an opportunity to secure a roster spot during training camp.
That’s not to say, though, that McClung is done balling for the summer.