The Thunder drafted Mitch McGary out of Michigan at No. 21 last year hoping they could develop a pick-and-pop big man out of him down the line. Minutes for rookies are hard to come by on contending teams, but in Wednesday’s preseason game he had 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting, a good start. McGary landed in a good spot to develop and maybe grab more run as the season goes on.
Now that development is taking a step back.
McGary has a fracture in his left second metatarsal and will be out about six weeks, the team announced Thursday. The injury happened in Wednesday night’s preseason game against the Nuggets.
That will have him back somewhere around Thanksgiving or a little before.
For a rookie trying to scrape is way into minutes, this is not good. But he still could be part of the long-term future in OKC.