Summer league games tend to matter less when you’re a championship-level team with a mostly established roster. As any Golden State Warriors fan worth their salt will tell you, the Dubs aren’t your usual title winner.
Due to the club’s atypical, dual-schedule approach to roster building — not to mention the exodus of several players from its run to the NBA Finals — Golden State’s fans and front office had plenty to watch this time. And people looking to find a diamond in the rough have not been 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, has quickly become an unlikely summer hero for the Warriors.
In seven summer league games, he averaged 13.3 points, nearly four rebounds, four assists and one steal per game with shooting spreads of 49-46-77. As a result, the Warriors rewarded him with a one-year, non-guaranteed contract and an opportunity to secure a roster spot during training camp.
That doesn’t mean, however, that McClung is done playing for the summer.
McClung operated by the American team
Best of Mac McClung at the NBA Summer LeagueWhat. A SHOW. Mac McClung played for the Golden State Warriors in the 2022 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.2022-07-18T19:04:25Z
USA Basketball announced its official 12-man roster for Stage Four of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers on Wednesday and the 23-year-old McClung has been selected.
McClung and Co. will host Uruguay on August 25 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. Four days later, they will return to the same field for another qualifying bout with Colombia.
Tyler Cavanaugh, Malik Ellison, Michael Frazier II, Langston Galloway, Dewan Hernandez, DaQuan Jeffries, John Jenkins III, Eric Mika, David Stockton, Robert Woodard and McKinley Wright will join the Dubs guard for the two-game set. As has been the case throughout qualifying, the team will be coached by Jim Boylen.
The Americans compete in Group F, where they find themselves in a stalemate with Brazil at the top of the standings with an even 5-1 record. Mexico and Puerto Rico will also compete in the group, alongside Uruguay and Colombia.
The fifth qualifying window is scheduled for November while a sixth/final stage is scheduled for February 2023.
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Ex-Dubs on the outs
Players have been brought in and out of the Team USA pool throughout qualifying, but the exclusion of former Warriors big man Jordan Bell here comes as a surprise nonetheless. The 27-year-old, whom Boylen once called Team USA leader, had been a force on the hardwood in previous windows.
Over four qualifying games, Bell averaged 6.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.5 blocks and 2.0 steals per outing while shooting 68.8 percent from the field. In his 88 total minutes on the court, USA outscored their opponents by 60 points.
Former Dubs goaltender – and reported Kings signing – Quinn Cook was also left off the list after shooting just 4 of 16 from the floor and 2 of 7 from deep during his two-game stint with the team. last month.
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