Rodney McGruder
Rodney McGruder
27-Year-Old GuardG
Miami Heat
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $2.5 million contract with the Heat in July of 2016.
Returns to full practice
GMiami Heat
Leg
February 12, 2018
McGruder (leg) went through a full practice Monday, Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post reports.
ANALYSIS
McGruder has yet to play a minute this season after undergoing surgery prior to the season, but it appears as though he could be on course to return sometime shortly after the All-Star break. Considering the long layoff, the Heat will likely want McGruder to go through several practices before returning to game action, and it's possible he could spend some time in the G-League as he works his way back into game shape. Prior to undergoing surgery, the expectation was that McGruder was the frontrunner to start at small forward this season, but it's now unclear where exactly he'll fit into a deep wing rotation that already features Wayne Ellington, Tyler Johnson, Justise Winslow, Dwyane Wade and Josh Richardson. In 2016-17, McGruder posted averages of 6.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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May return in February
GMiami Heat
Leg
January 11, 2018
McGruder (leg) will "perhaps" make his return in February, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Undergoes surgery Tuesday
GMiami Heat
Leg
October 17, 2017
McGruder (leg) underwent successful surgery and is expected to begin rehabilitation in one week, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
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Out 3-to-6 months with stress fracture
GMiami Heat
Leg
October 12, 2017
McGruder will undergo surgery to repair a stress fracture in his leg and is expected to miss 3-to-6 months, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
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Starts again Thursday
GMiami Heat
October 6, 2017
McGruder started Thursday's preseason game against the Nets and finished scoreless in 17 minutes.
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Will start at small forward Sunday
GMiami Heat
October 1, 2017
McGruder will start at small forward for Sunday's preseason matchup with the Hawks.
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