Jordan McRae is poised to prove he deserves a spot in the NBA this season.
The Liberty County High School and University of Tennessee alumnus had already made the Philadelphia 76ers Las Vegas Summer League team when a spot suddenly became open for the 76ers’ Utah Jazz Summer League team. McRae was offered the opportunity and quickly made his way to mini-camp.
Sixers.com reported that McRae shattered the backboard during a slam-dunk on the first day of mini-camp.
“I had to take a quick shower and get the glass off of me,” he told ESPN reporters in a video interview.
McRae was selected by San Antonio in the 2014 NBA draft but was quickly traded to the 76ers. Last year, McRae was among the top players for the 76ers’ Las Vegas Summer League team. However, Philadelphia sent him to Australia to play for Melbourne United and develop his professional talents.
McRae again shined in Australia before finishing his season with the NBA developmental team the Delaware 87ers.
Comcast Sports Net Philly beat writer Paul Hudrick said McRae is definitely a player who can score. However, reports from the 76ers indicate McRae is being looked at as a possible point guard.
“It’s been floating around a little bit,” McRae told Hudrick about the idea of him playing the point. “I’m comfortable with it.”
Hudrick said McRae is hoping the Sixers offer him the opportunity to call Philadelphia home.
“Anything at this point that I have to do to get a spot — that’s what I’m going to do,” McRae said.