In a strategic move to reinforce their backcourt, the Orlando Magic announced the signing of the prolific free agent guard, Mac McClung. Jeff Weltman, the esteemed President of Basketball Operations, shared the news today, although specific terms of the contract remain undisclosed, in line with team conventions.
The 6-foot-2 McClung, weighing in at 185 pounds and born on January 6, 1999, is no stranger to NBA hardwood. Last season (2022-23), he took the court for Philadelphia in two matches, clocking an impressive average of 12.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.5 assists in just over 20 minutes per game.
His versatility was further on display with the NBA G League's Delaware Blue Coats, where he started in 28 out of 31 games. He posted an enviable average of 19.8 points, 5.0 assists, and 2.6 rebounds in approximately 27 minutes of play, playing an instrumental role in leading the Blue Coats to the coveted 2022-23 NBA G League championship title.
His talents weren't just restricted to scoring. During the NBA All-Star Weekend held in Salt Lake City, basketball aficionados were treated to a spectacle when McClung clinched the Slam Dunk contest, proving his mettle against some of the game's best.
McClung's Remarkable NBA Odyssey
Though he was initially undrafted by NBA franchises, McClung's journey has been notable. His stints include playing for Chicago, the L.A. Lakers, and Philadelphia. His career average stands at 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in just over 16 minutes per game.
His G League stats are equally, if not more, commendable with an average of 20.6 points, 6.1 assists, and 4.6 rebounds. Before gracing the NBA, McClung showcased his skills in the collegiate basketball scene. At Georgetown University, he made a mark with averages of 14.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in around 27 minutes per game.
His freshman year saw him lead all Big East newcomers in scoring, earning him a spot on the Big East All-Freshman Team. Following Georgetown, McClung showcased his prowess at Texas Tech University, averaging 15.5 points per game. Fans of the Orlando Magic can anticipate seeing McClung on the court, donning the #10 jersey.