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Jordan McRae can’t stop getting buckets

NBA: Washington Wizards at Detroit Pistons Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The news keeps getting better for Jordan McRae. He was selected to the All-NBA G League Eastern Conference Team, which makes sense considering he’s the league’s leading scorer.

There’s a stigma that comes with getting too good in the G-League, that perhaps a player’s scoring ability won’t translate when they have to face bigger, stronger defenders. The good news is that hasn’t happened yet with McRae. He’s been able to score effectively at the top level. He has a .585 true shooting percentage with Washington, which is the fifth-best percentage among players who have played at least 10 games with the Wizards this season.

More importantly, he’s showing that he doesn’t have to have the ball in his hands to be effective. In Capital City, he uses 32.1 percent of the team’s possessions when he’s on the floor. In Washington, he’s dialed that back to 19.1 percent. The Wizards assist on 65.2 percent of their baskets when McRae is on the floor, which is higher than the team average (62.9) on the season, and the team’s true shooting percentage with him on the floor (.567) is virtually identical to the team’s on the whole for the season.

McRae’s ability to adapt to playing different roles has allowed him to carve out a role in Washington that will make it hard to let him go back to Capital City.