The Wizards will be brought back one of their undrafted rookies back to the roster on Saturday after a week and a half in the D-League.
McClellan played six games for the Delaware 87ers, averaging 10.7 points and shooting 55 percent from the field in 25.6 minutes of action per game. On top of shooting well, he did a great job of drawing fouls. He averaged 6.1 free throw attempts per 36 minutes during his time down there. Unfortunately, McClellan’s hot shooting didn’t carry behind the arc, where he was only 3-10. Here a few highlights from his two best games:
Believe it or not, McClellan still has more starts in his NBA career (2) than in his D-League career (1). The fact that he didn’t start in Delaware shouldn’t be alarming, the 87ers likely just wanted to keep their starters together, rather than disrupt chemistry for someone they knew would be heading back to Washington.
Still, it makes you think back to the promise McClellan showed to earn those starts while Bradley Beal was injured, and how quickly he became a non-factor in the team’s rotation. Now that he’s back in Washington, he’ll get a chance to remind the team of that hope as they get ready to make a decision on his future.
All player contracts become fully guaranteed on January 10, so the Wizards need to figure out what they want to do with McClellan, Danuel House, and Daniel Ochefu, who are all on partially guaranteed deals. They’ve all shown hints of promise, but none of them have been able to earn consistent, meaningful playing time, even though the Wizards’ bench has struggled throughout most of the season. All three players will have to show that they’re better options than what could be out there when some veterans hit the waiver wire later this season.