Steven Adams will be out for Sunday’s game against the Nets and may be out even longer as we found out more about his elbow injury. With Steven Adams out, this makes the perfect opporutunity for Mitch McGary to get more playing time.
The second year man had a pretty good rookie season, but has not seen much playing time with a healthy Adams, Kanter and Collison. Last year, McGary averaged 6.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and .5 blocks per game. McGary played in a total of 32 games and started two of those games.
McGary did miss some of the year earlier on due to an injury also, but once he was on the court, he was a great help to an injured Thunder squad. The elbow injury to Adams does not seem to be serious but the team is taking no chances after what happened last year and are taking this very cautiously.
Although McGary should get more playing time, it will be hard for him to get due to Nick Collison coming in last night and playing great as the starter. Collison ended up scoring 6 points and snagging 11 rebounds in a 109-106 win against the Dallas Mavericks.
McGary playing in 13 games this year is not a huge sample size, but in the games he has played, McGary has averaged only 1.2 points and 1 rebound per game.
Playing McGary will be up to Billy Donovan’s discretion, but he definitely deserves a chance to prove himself. Collison will be retiring in a year or two more than likely, and McGary will be the new Collison. Donovan gave Payne a shot earlier this year, and now Payne has overtaken Augustin as the backup point guard to Westbrook. The same could happen to McGary, maybe he could perform good enough to overtake Collison.
This all remains to be seen, so come Sunday we will see if McGary gets some much needed playing time against the Nets which could be a blowout win.