Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add context, and discuss how they affect the product on the court.
Today’s stat is the number of points Jordan McRae scored in the Capital City Go-Go’s win over the Maine Red Claws on Friday night, which was...
Things have been going pretty well for Jordan McRae. The G-League named him Player of the Week on Monday, and he followed it up by going for 54 points against Maine on Friday. That’s the most anyone has scored in a G-League game this season. Thanks to his recent scoring tear, he’s now the leading scorer in the G-League, averaging 29.5 points per game.
McRae’s play is having a positive effect on the rest of the team. The Go-Go have gone 7-1 so far in January to jump up into a tie for second in the Eastern Conference, just 2.5 games back of the conference-leading Long Island Nets.
Although he isn’t as important to the Wizards’ future as Devin Robinson, there’s a good case for why the team should look at bringing him up to the main roster. The team doesn’t have a true shooting guard behind Bradley Beal and they need to sign someone to get back up to the 14-man roster minimum in the next week. McRae doesn’t count toward that roster count since he’s on a two-way contract, but if the team converted it to a standard NBA contract, they could solve two problems at once.
The big question Washington has to ask is whether McRae’s skills translate to a complementary role coming off the bench, but it’s become clear they need to find an answer. Washington has a need for an extra shooting guard to give Beal a breather now and then and they have someone who has made it quite clear he’s outgrown the league he’s playing in right now.