Mitch McGary Suspended Five Games

Thunder big man Mitch McGary has been suspended for five games by the NBA for a failed drug test, writes Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman. McGary figures to serve the suspension to open the 2016/17 regular season.

As Slater writes, the five-game ban isn’t a major on-court problem for the Thunder, considering McGary wasn’t a regular part of the team’s rotation last season. However, it’s not the first off-court incident for the 24-year-old, who tested positive for marijuana in college and avoided a one-year NCAA suspension by entering the NBA draft. So that may be cause for some concern.

McGary, the 21st overall pick in the 2014 draft, has shown a little promise and had a strong Summer League showing this past week in Orlando, but he has yet to make a real mark in Oklahoma City. During the 2015/16 campaign, he averaged just 3.6 minutes in 20 appearances, scoring total 26 points for the season.

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4 thoughts on “Mitch McGary Suspended Five Games

  1. JayTeam

    Pot use shouldn’t be a suspension offence.

    However, since it is a suspension offence, McGary deserved what he got. He is under contract and knew the consequences. If he wants to do drugs, quit the NBA and get a job without drug testing.

    • Erik in Oki

      If you sign a contract and one of the things that it says is you can’t smoke dope, then you don’t smoke dope, you big dope.

  2. Erik in Oki

    The article is correct it won’t be a big on court deal, now losing an All-Star Power Forward that could be a problem.


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