Rodney McGruder
Rodney McGruder
29-Year-Old GuardG
Detroit Pistons
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Injury Elbow
Est. Return 5/18/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Rodney McGruder in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Clippers in July of 2019. Traded to the Pistons in November of 2020.
Personal Bio

Rodney Christian McGruder was born in Landover, Maryland, to Rodney and Rudine McGruder. He has two brothers (Ricardo and Renaldo) and a sister (Rashaun). He attended Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., before transferring to Arlington Country Day High School in Jacksonville, Florida, for his senior year. McGruder has made numerous visits to the Baptist Hospital Miami Cancer Institute to spend time with pediatric cancer patients -- a cause inspired by the loss of his grandmother to cancer. In 2017, he started the Rodney McGruder Sports Initiative at Georgia Jones-Ayers Middle School in Miami to introduce students to different professionals and careers available in the sports industry. McGruder also participated in the 24th Annual Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors during Memorial Day Weekend in 2018. Learn more about McGruder by following him on Twitter (@RodneyMcGruder) and on Instagram (@rodneymcgruder).

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McGruder was an AAU teammate of Michael Beasley, so he decided to head to Kansas State to play for coach Frank Martin. The 6-foot-4 guard did not play much as a freshman, but he moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore. He provided 11.1 points and a team-leading 5.9 rebounds per game for the Wildcats, including a 16-point, 15-rebound game in a win over Texas Tech. He was named to the All-Big 12 Third Team and moved up to the Second Team as a junior. He put up 15.8 points and 5.2 rebounds as the team advanced to the Big Dance again. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, McGruder scored 30 points against Southern Miss -- that was the third time he reached the 30-point mark in the season. }The guard averaged 15.6 points and 5.4 rebounds as a senior as the Wildcats tied Kansas for the Big 12 regular-season title. He had three straight 20-point games, including the regular-season finale and two Big 12 tournament wins. McGruder was named to the First Team All-Big 12 and the All-Big 12 Tournament teams. He went undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft but latched on with the Orlando Magic for that year's Orlando NBA Summer League, but things didn't work out, and he spent the 2013-14 season playing for Atomeromu in Hungary, where he averaged 14.4 points per game. He would made his NBA debut in 2016 playing for the Miami Heat.

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May 15, 2021
McGruder (elbow) is out for Sunday's finale against the Heat.
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McGruder ends his debut season with the Pistons having appeared in just 16 games. In 12.1 minutes per game, he averaged 5.7 points and 1.4 rebounds.
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2019

In mid-July, McGruder signed with the Clippers as a free agent after spending his previous three seasons with the Heat. McGruder made his Clippers debut Oct. 30 against the Jazz, recording one rebound. He scored his first points with the team on Nov. 11 in a win over the Raptors, totaling two points, one assist and one steal. Two games later against the Pelicans, the shooting guard scored a season-high 20 points to go along with three rebounds and two assists. On Nov. 16, in a win over the Hawks, McGruder blocked a season-high two shots to go along with six points and two rebounds. Eight days later during a win over the Pelicans, he handed out a season-high four assists to go along with nine points and five rebounds. In a win over the Suns on Dec. 17, McGruder grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds and swiped a season-high three steals, adding seven points in 21 minutes. He matched that rebounding total during the NBA bubble in a win over the Thunder on Aug. 14. McGruder played 16 postseason minutes, totaling eight points, four rebounds and two assists. On the season, he averaged 3.3 points and 2.7 rebounds.

2018

In his third NBA season, McGruder established new career-highs in points (7.6), rebounds (3.6) and assists (1.7) per game. He also improved his free-throw percentage to 72.2 percent -- up significantly from his previous career mark of 60.8 percent. The versatile guard also added 1.3 three-pointers per contest and shot 35.1 percent from beyond the arc on the season. He made at least three three-pointers on 11 separate occasions. McGruder started the season quickly, averaging 16.0 points and 7.4 rebounds over his first five games, including back-to-back 19-point efforts against the Hornets on Oct. 20 and the Knicks on Oct. 24. Down the stretch, McGruder had 17 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in a March 2 win over the Nets. Just over a month later, McGruder was waived by the Heat on April 7 and subsequently claimed on waivers by the Clippers. McGruder was not eligible to appear in the postseason for Los Angeles.

2017

McGruder was ruled out indefinitely at the start of the 2017-18 campaign due to a stress fracture in his left leg. He remained sidelined for several months before returning to action in late February. McGruder was initially assigned to play with Sioux Falls in the G League. There, he averaged 13.5 points and 5.0 rebounds over two games. He made his season NBA debut against Philadelphia on Feb. 27, scoring three points in nine minutes. McGruder's playing time varied throughout the remainder of the regular season, topping out at 26 minutes. On April 4, he scored a season-high 14 points in a win over Atlanta. Two days later, he grabbed a season-best four rebounds against the Knicks. McGruder remained on the team's roster into the postseason. He played in four contests during Miami's five-game opening round series against Philadelphia. McGruder totaled 16 minutes in the series, scoring two points and grabbing four rebounds.

2016

Rodney McGruder declared for the 2013 NBA Draft but was not selected. He spent the following campaign playing for Atomeromu SE in Hungary, averaging 14.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Over the next two seasons, he played a combined 77 games in the D-League between the Maine Red Claws and the Sioux Falls Skyforce. He excelled with the Skyforce during the 2015-16 playoffs, averaging 22.7 points and 5.9 rebounds to help the squad win the league championship. McGruder finally got his chance in the NBA during the 2016-17 campaign. He played 78 games with the Miami Heat, averaging 25.2 minutes per contest. In his rookie season, McGruder posted per-game averages of 6.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Against Cleveland on Dec. 9, he pulled down a season-high eight rebounds and dished five assists. On Feb. 6, he scored a career-high 15 points while collecting five rebounds and four assists in a win over Minnesota. That performance was part of a strong February in which McGruder averaged 8.0 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 40.5 percent from beyond the arc.

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Transaction History
  • September 26, 2013
    Signed a one-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • October 25, 2013
    Waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • September 29, 2014
    Signed a one-year contract with the Boston Celtics.
  • October 21, 2014
    Waived by the Boston Celtics.
  • July 7, 2016
    Signed a three-year contract with the Miami Heat.
  • April 7, 2019
    Waived by the Miami Heat.
  • April 9, 2019
    Claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Clippers from the Miami Heat.
  • July 10, 2019
    Signed a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • November 18, 2020
    Traded to the Pistons as part of a three-team deal.
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McGruder signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Clippers this offseason after being waived by the Heat. The swingman spent his first three years in the league with Miami and averaged 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists across 23.5 minutes last season, making 45 starts. McGruder can play either position on the wing, though he figures to be the third option at best at small forward and shooting guard after the Clippers acquired Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. George and Leonard are locked into starting roles, and it appears Landry Shamet is too, leaving McGruder to scrap for minutes off the bench. Playing time could be hard to find, with Mo Harkless and reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams coming off the bench ahead of him. McGruder was a quality addition to an increasingly deep Los Angeles rotation, but his fantasy value is minimal, and he can be avoided in most formats.
Due to a leg injury, McGruder didn't make his season debut until late February, going on to play 18 games for the Heat. He held a relatively small role, seeing 16.6 minutes per night and averaging 5.1 points with 1.8 rebounds. The attempts were limited, but the 26-year-old shot 15-of-35 from thee (42.9 percent), an upgrade from his rookie mark of 33.2 percent. It’ll continue to be difficult for the Kansas State product to garner significant run, as Miami’s logjam on the wing didn't get any relief over the offseason. Even in deep Fantasy leagues, owners would be best to avoid McGruder.
McGruder, in his first NBA season last year, saw a solid 25.2 minutes per game, largely due to a myriad of injuries plaguing the Heat. The 6-foot-4 wing underwhelmed, however, posting just 6.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists while shooting 41.3 percent from the field and 73-of-220 (33.2 percent) from beyond the arc. He’s a gritty defender, despite being undersized. Ultimately, the Heat are hoping he can turn into a more proficient three-point shooter and ball-handler as well. That said, he may struggle to find the workload he garnered last season, especially if the team stays relatively healthy. He’ll be fighting with the likes of Tyler Johnson, Justice Winslow, Josh Richardson and Wayne Ellington for reserve minutes at the shooting guard and small forward. Even if he does see a tad over 25 minutes per game again during the 2017-18 campaign, he’s a very low-usage player, which generally doesn’t bode well in a Fantasy context.
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Out Friday
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May 13, 2021
McGruder (elbow) is listed as out for Friday's game against Denver.
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Remains out
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May 10, 2021
McGruder (elbow) won't play Tuesday against the Timberwolves.
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Unavailable Sunday
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May 9, 2021
McGruder (elbow) is listed as out for Sunday's game against Chicago.
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Out again Monday
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April 26, 2021
McGruder (elbow) remains out for Monday's game against the Hawks.
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Remains out indefinitely
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April 22, 2021
McGruder (elbow) remains without a timetable, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.
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