McClung the Warrior has a tough team in the USA


The Golden State Warriors guard Mac McClung as he drives to the hoop during a summer league game.

If we are honest, then Golden State WarriorsThe Summer League experience left something to be desired in terms of fan expectations. Jonathan Cominga scored one of the worst efforts of his professional career in his summer debut, James Wiseman showed his inexperience at times, and outside of his 34-point eruption, Moses Moody was just fine.

That’s not to say Dub Nation didn’t have anything to get excited about, though. For his part, Mac McClung has come out of the ether to put together numbers and highlight plays.

Over the course of seven summer league games, the 23-year-old averaged 13.3 points, 3.9 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in just 22.4 minutes per game. He also smashed 46.2% of his long-range attempts.

Not only did that performance earn him a camp deal with Golden State, but it earned him a spot on Team USA in the latest batch of FIBA ​​World Cup qualifiers as well. Unfortunately, he was not given many chances with the national team.

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The Americans went toe-to-toe with Uruguay (on August 25) and Colombia (on August 29) to open the second round of the World Cup qualifiers. Just like during the final stage of the qualifiers in July, the national team scored two big wins.

However, McClung was not given many opportunities to contribute to those victories.

Over the course of two sets of games, McClung played just 19 minutes total, going 1 on 3 off the field, and 3 on 4 off the line averaging 2.5 points, 1.0 rebounds, and 0.5 steals per contest. He also made five mistakes.

However, the Warriors guard managed to make an impression on USA coach Jim Boylin during the lead-up to those matches, just as he did to Dubs’ decision-makers several weeks ago.

Boylen said about McClung via “I think the biggest deal with him is that he plays at full speed, every possession in every moment.”

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Maybe he wasn’t sweating what happened

While his Team USA career may not have played out as well as he hoped – instead he’s hung on the bench behind the program’s vets – we can probably say the experience won’t frustrate him. McClung is no stranger to facing adversity, after all.

“My whole life has been sort of an unformatted story,” McClung said, again via USAB. “I’ve had two people I really respect in the NBA game saying I’m going without an industry and that’s going to be my path. I’m going to be counted, and I’m going to have to get it through the G League.

I said, ‘Okay, I’ll do that. “

If his summer career with Dubs, his camp bargain and the fact that he gave up more of his casual business to represent his country is any indication, he still does now.

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