Before he spent a season with the Cavaliers and played ball in Spain, Jordan McRae stood out as one of the best scorers that ever stepped on a G League court. That was especially evident in the 2015-16 season as the 6’5 guard averaged 23.3 points, 5.3 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals on 46% from the field and 32% from beyond the arc on 5.4 attempts per game for the Delaware 87ers (now Blue Coats).
While he was a consistent scoring threat over the course of his 29 games with the team, the highlight of the year definitely took place in a January 26th game against the Canton Charge. Because in that matchup, McRae broke a single game G League record by putting up 61 points on 21-34 from the field, 3-8 from 3 and 16-18 from the free throw line.
Three years after that great season, McRae returned to the G League as a two-way player for the Washington Wizards/Capital City Go-Go. Although that deal technically allowed him to be under an NBA contract, where he’d have the opportunity to spend up to 45 days with the Wizards where he’d get a chance to make up to $77,250.
Despite a depleted Wizards backcourt, the 6’5 guard has remained in the G League for most of the year as he’s played in 17 of Capital City’s 22 games. In 36 minutes per game, he’s averaged 28 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals on 44% from the field.
While that production has allowed him to stand as arguably the best scorer in the G League, the veteran guard has decided to boost that production over the last week or so. Since the calendar turned to 2019, he’s averaged a league-best 35.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game on 48% from the field.
Although McRae has been an abysmal perimeter shooter that’s shot 18% from beyond the arc in that stretch, he’s done a great job of counteracting that by regularly getting to the charity stripe as he’s shooting 91% from the charity stripe on a league-best 12.4 attempts per game.
The tremendous offensive output from the two-way guard has paid huge dividends for the Go-Go as the team has gone undefeated during that five game stretch. Alongside his fantastic numbers, his impact is evident by the fact that the Go-Go are a jaw-dropping 28 points per 100 possessions better when he’s on the court (112.4 points per 100) compared to when he’s on the sidelines (83.9 points per 100).
Due to the restrictions of the two-way deal, there’s a lot of uncertainty about McRae using his great play in the G League to get more minutes with the Washington Wizards. However, it’s obvious that he’ll be a gigantic focal point for a Go-Go team that has a 13-9 record and stand as the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference. With that record, the Go-Go currently have legitimate hopes of being the top team in the conference as they’re just 3.5 games behind the top-seeded Long Island Nets who are 17-6.
As we enter the closing weeks of the regular season and near the playoffs, Wizards two-way player Jordan McRae could stand as one of the important players in the G League due to his fantastic play on the offensive end.