Rodney McGruder
Rodney McGruder
28-Year-Old GuardG
Los Angeles Clippers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Clippers in July of 2019.
Struggles in spot start
GLos Angeles Clippers
November 17, 2019
McGruder amassed just six points, two rebounds, and two blocks in 19 minutes during Saturday's 150-101 victory over the Hawks.
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McGruder started for the Clippers on Saturday with both Kawhi Leonard (knee) and Patrick Beverley (calf) given the night off. Despite the starting role, McGruder managed just six points in 19 minutes. This was certainly disappointing after he popped for 20 points in the team's last outing. Leonard and Beverley could be back as soon as Monday which would likely send McGruder back to a fringe rotational role.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
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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Enters starting lineup
GLos Angeles Clippers
November 16, 2019
McGruder is in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Hawks, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
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Scores 20 in Thursday's loss
GLos Angeles Clippers
November 14, 2019
McGruder produced 20 points (6-10 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 3-6 FT), three rebounds and two assists in 36 minutes during Thursday's 132-127 loss to the Pelicans.
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Available to play Wednesday
GLos Angeles Clippers
Ankle
October 30, 2019
McGruder (ankle) is available to play Wednesday against Utah, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.comreports.
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Listed out Monday
GLos Angeles Clippers
Ankle
October 28, 2019
McGruder (ankle) is listed as out for Monday's game against Charlotte, Sam Perley of Hornets.com reports.
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Ruled out Saturday
GLos Angeles Clippers
Ankle
October 26, 2019
McGruder (ankle) will not play Saturday against the Suns, Tomer Azarly of Clutch Points reports.
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