Mar 20, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Tennessee Volunteers guard Jordan McRae (52) speaks during a press conference during practice before the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NBA Draft: Who Is Jordan McRae?

The Philadelphia 76ers and Sam Hinkie did some end of the draft trading and things and one of the results of this was the acquisition of Jordan McRae. The 76ers wound up drafting a lot of athletes in the NBA Draft, but McRae was someone that can actually shoot the damn ball. What a surprise.

Who is Jordan McRae?

The funny thing about the Sixers’ draft was that it appeared that the Sixers were not going to get a shooter. And yet, here were are with Jordan McRae.

Well, McRae was a senior SG from Tennessee. If you say that previous sentence the right way, I just made you rhyme. Good for you! The Sixers had this to say about him:

In four years, McRae (6-6, 185) averaged 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block and 1 steal in 33 minutes per game while shooting 42 percent from the floor. He led the team in scoring with 19 ppg his senior year and 16 ppg his junior season. He also led the Volunteers in assists with 3 apg as a senior. McRae was named First Team All-SEC as both a senior and junior.

The first thing you get from him is that he can shoot. He’s got some range. McRae shot 35 percent from deep during his senior year at Tennessee. And, as the Sixers let you know, he led his team in scoring and assists. He’s grabbed a few boards during his time as well as steals and blocks. He’s a shooting guard, so that’s actually a little impressive. He’s also a decent defender, which is nice.

Some would say he’s too small in terms of his frame at 6-foot-6, 185 lbs. Dealing with contact may not be ideal. So, for now, you might expect him to do nothing but shoot. His ball handling could use some help. Actually, the ball handling thing also would make him a shooter. Tuck him in the corner and let it fly! However, he’ll gain some weight over the course of his NBA tenure.

Considering that the Sixers may not have good team next season, if the Sixers hold onto him, he could see some minutes for the Sixers. Even then, he could end up with the Sevens. I’d personally love to see what he has going on. It’s going to be interesting for sure. Jordan McRae was the No. 58 selection, so those guys usually don’t turn out to be anything special. Any production from Jordan McRae will be a positive, considering he came over with the No. 58 selection.

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