This two-time, first-team all-SEC player of the year, from the University of Tennessee was drafted 58th overall by the San Antonio Spurs and then traded to the Philadelphia 76ers on draft night in 2014 NBA Draft. Meet Jordan McRae, who is now in first full season with the Wizards after previously spending time with two NBA teams (2015 with the Phoenix Suns and the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers, which won a championship), two international teams (Melbourne United in 2014 and Baskonia in 2017) and two G-League Teams (the Delaware 87ers, now Blue Coats, in 2015 and Capital City Go-Go in 2018). McRae was signed to a two-way contract with the Wizards in September of 2018. That year he played 31 games with the Go-Go and 27 with the Wizards.
His play that year parlayed into his contract being converted into a standard NBA contract this offseason. Jordan’s McRae strengths are easily recognizable by watching him play. Two quote Drew Gooden, “he can put the round thing, in the brown thing”. McRae set the D-League and G-League single game record with 61 and 54 points respectively. During his time in the developmental league, he shot 47% from the floor, 52% from two-point range and was an 81% free throw shooter averaging 25 points per game, 30 as a member of the Go-Go.
When called up, Jordan’s numbers didn’t waiver. He shot 47% from the floor, 53% percent from two and 80% from the line in a little over 12 minutes per game. Jordan McRae is now the back-up to Bradley Beal and will be expected to provide consistent scoring and playmaking coming off the bench. For him to achieve this, he will need to work on his three-point percentage. McRae’s offensive downfall last season was his percentage from deep; going from 34% in the G-League to 28% in the NBA. In addition to improving his three-point shooting, he should attempt to limit his turnovers while further developing his ball handling and playmaking ability, which will help him play more under control and open the game more for himself and his teammates.
Defensively, McRae is a solid athlete with a seven-foot-long wingspan and nice leaping ability. If McRae continues to become stronger, he has the potential to be a solid defensive guard. Jordan McRae will be a key rotational piece, solid bench scorer, and defender for this Wizards team, and will play around 25 minutes per game averaging between 15-20 points per game.