Rodney Christian McGruder (born July 29, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Kansas State Wildcats.
McGruder playing for the Heat in 2016
|No. 19 – Los Angeles Clippers|
|Born||July 29, 1991|
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|College||Kansas State (2009–2013)|
|NBA draft||2013 / Undrafted|
|2014–2015||Maine Red Claws|
|2015–2016||Sioux Falls Skyforce|
|2018||→Sioux Falls Skyforce|
|2019–present||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
McGruder, a 6'4" shooting guard from Landover, Maryland, was an AAU teammate of Michael Beasley's and followed Beasley's path to Kansas State to play for coach Frank Martin. McGruder started for three seasons for the Wildcats. As a sophomore in 2010–11, McGruder teamed with backcourt mate Jacob Pullen to lead the Wildcats to a third place Big 12 Conference finish. McGruder averaged 11.1 points and a team-best 5.9 rebounds per game.
In his junior season, McGruder upped his scoring to 15.8 per game and made the second team All-Big 12.
As a senior in 2012–13, McGruder was a preseason All-Big 12 pick. He was also named a top 30 finalist for the Naismith College Player of the Year on February 27, 2013. During his senior season, McGruder led the Wildcats to a first-place finish in the Big XII.
After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, McGruder joined the Orlando Magic for the Orlando Summer League and the Charlotte Bobcats for the Las Vegas Summer League. On September 27, 2013, he signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, he was later waived by the Thunder on October 25, 2013.
In November 2013, McGruder signed with Atomerőmű SE of Hungary for the 2013–14 season. In 29 league games for Atomerőmű, he averaged 14.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
In July 2014, McGruder joined the Golden State Warriors for the 2014 NBA Summer League. On September 29, 2014, he signed with the Boston Celtics. However, he was later waived by the Celtics on October 27, 2014. Four days later, he was acquired by the Maine Red Claws as an affiliate player. On March 26, 2015, he was waived by the Red Claws after appearing in 26 games. Four days later, he was acquired by the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
In July 2015, McGruder joined the Miami Heat for the 2015 NBA Summer League. On November 2, 2015, he was reacquired by the Skyforce. He helped the Skyforce finish with a D-League-best 40–10 record in 2015–16, and went on to help the team win the league championship with a 2–1 Finals series win over the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
Miami Heat (2016–2019)Edit
In July 2016, McGruder re-joined the Miami Heat for the 2016 NBA Summer League. On July 7, he signed a three-year, partially guaranteed contract with the Heat. He made his NBA debut in the Heat's season opener on October 26, 2016 against the Orlando Magic. In just under 24 minutes off the bench, he recorded six points, three rebounds and two steals in a 108–96 win. On February 6, 2017, he scored a season-high 15 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
On October 12, 2017, McGruder was ruled out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his left leg. He made his season debut for the Heat on February 27, 2018 against the Philadelphia 76ers after playing two games for the Sioux Falls Skyforce just days prior.
On April 7, 2019, McGruder was waived by the Heat.
Los Angeles Clippers (2019–present)Edit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- "Kansas State Bio". KStateSports.com. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
- "McGruder named preseason All-Big 12". TheMercury.com. October 4, 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
- "Naismith Award finalists announced". FoxSports.com. February 27, 2013. Archived from the original on March 2, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
- McGruder to Play With Bobcats
- OKC Thunder sign guards Diante Garrett and Rodney McGruder
- OKC Thunder waive Diante Garrett and Rodney McGruder
- Celtics Finalize Training Camp Roster
- Celtics Finalize Opening Night Roster
- "Red Claws Announce Affiliate Players, Returning Player Invitees". NBA.com. October 31, 2014. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
- "Red Claws Acquire James Tyler". OurSportsCentral.com. March 26, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
- "Sioux Falls Acquires Rodney McGruder". OurSportsCentral.com. March 30, 2015. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
- McGruder playing for Heat in summer
- "Skyforce Announces 2015-16 Training Camp Roster". OurSportsCentral.com. November 2, 2015. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
- "Sioux Falls Skyforce Cap Historic Season with First NBA D-League". NBA.com. April 27, 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
- HEAT Announce Summer League Information
- HEAT Signs Rodney McGruder
- Former K-State basketball player Rodney McGruder signs with Miami Heat
- "Heat vs. Magic – Box Score". ESPN.com. October 26, 2016. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
- "Rodney McGruder 2016-17 Game Log". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
- "Miami Heat's Rodney McGruder out indefinitely with stress fracture in leg". NBA.com. October 12, 2017. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
- "Father Prime: Wade gets 27, Heat beat 76ers 102-101". ESPN.com. February 27, 2018. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
- Winderman, Ira (April 7, 2019). "Heat waive Rodney McGruder in tax move; sign Maten to NBA deal". sun-sentinel.com. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
- "L.A. Clippers Claim Rodney McGruder Off Waivers". NBA.com. April 9, 2019. Retrieved April 9, 2019.