After a stellar performance in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Mitch McGary was looked at as a mid-first round draft pick, but decided to come back for his sophomore year. Well, after a back injury and a year off from playing, the soon-to-be-junior Michigan Wolverines star decided that leaving for the NBA draft was his best decision.
Why did he decide this after playing just a handful of games in 2013-14? According to reports, he was facing a year-long suspension due to a failed drug test — many believe he tested positive for marijuana.
In McGary’s case, he figured that he should take the money and not have to worry about the suspension that was looming. While it may have seemed smart to avoid yet another year off from basketball, the Michigan star isn’t anywhere near NBA-ready.
While he had a great NCAA Tournament performance a year ago, he’s far from ready to take the next step and succeed. He averaged 9.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in just a handful of games this year, and didn’t really prove much to solidify an NBA future.
After testing positive for this drug test, many NBA teams might be scared away from drafting the big man. Not saying that no one in the NBA smokes marijuana, but this isn’t the type of impression you want to make on future employers if you want to be hired.
Marijuana isn’t the most serious thing out there, but McGary made a very rash decision on an NBA future just because he didn’t want to face suspension.
Poor move from the Michigan big man.
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