Former Thunder forward Mitch McGary not closing doors on comeback
Mitch McGary, affectionately known as The Monster according to Basketball Reference’s nickname list, is eyeing a comeback in the NBA, according to a recent story on ThunderWire by USA Today Sports.
“I’m enjoying myself. I’m stress-free. Life can’t really get any better for me. But if I was playing basketball, it might be a little bit better. If I wanted to [come back to the NBA], I think the window is closing on me pretty quickly and I’d have to get back into it in the next couple of years if I wanted to get back playing.”
McGary last played with the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2015-16 season after being drafted by OKC at #21 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.
McGary played his college ball with the Michigan Wolverines under head coach John Beilein alongside future NBA players such as Trey Burke, Nik Stauskas, Tim Hardaway Jr., Glenn Robinson III and a young Caris LeVert.
In his age-22 rookie season, McGary produced 6.3 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game and 0.5 blocks per game per Basketball Reference. That season, the Thunder only had Kevin Durant for 27 games due to a foot injury that plagued him all season.
The following season, McGary was suspended twice for violating the league’s anti-drug policy, and in the interview on WEEI, he made a case for the NBA allowing the use of medical marijuana.