Oklahoma City is still waiting on their 2014 first round draft pick to pay significant dividends and now they will have to wait just a little bit longer. On the same day that Mitch McGary wrapped up a strong performance in Orlando, at the Thunder’s summer league, the NBA announced that the OKC forward would face a five-game suspension due to a failed drug test.
“I clearly made a mistake and for that I apologize to the organization, my teammates, and our fans,” McGary said in a statement. “I realize there are only so many opportunities given to you and I need make sure that as a person and as a player, I take accountability and ensure that this does not happen again.”
At least he’s owning up to the mistake and taking responsibility for his actions but at some point you have to start questioning his long-term status with the team. McGary entered the NBA to avoid a one-year suspension by the NCAA for testing positive for Marijuana. Last season he took a leave of absence from the team for “personal reasons,” and now he faces a short suspension.
With the turnover in the team’s roster this could be the year in which McGary shines the brightest and stakes his claim as one of the new standouts on a revamped team. He pretty much needs shine brighter than ever now in order to not only turn around soured opinions from fans and, more importantly, front office execs. I think it’s safe to say that his future in OKC depends on it.