While our last Utah Jazz Team Grade on Georges Niang focused on someone who has been in the furnace of the G-League for a couple years now and ready to bust out, Erik McCree is just stepping into the fire. Erik McCree played for both the Sioux Falls Skyforce and the Salt Lake City Stars. He was signed a month before (December) Georges Niang was. He started out the season with the Miami Heat going into training camp with them before being waived in October.
If you don’t remember seeing Erik McCree on the court, you’re probably right. He only played in 4 games for Utah and averaged 2.0 minutes in those games. He’s still yet to score his first point in the Association. McCree is another one of Dennis Lindsey’s gambits in order to find another value on an inexpensive contract.
Erik McCree didn’t do too bad once he was in a Salt Lake City Stars uniform. He averaged 18.9 points a game with an eFG% of 50.1% while adding 5.1 rebounds, and 2.4 assists a game. The 6’8 forward out of Louisiana Tech is taking a path that’s familiar to prior Jazzman in history. Both Paul Millsap and Karl Malone have traversed this lonely road from small college to the big leagues. Paul Millsap started about as close to unheralded as they come as he went from being a second round pick afterthought to an All Star in his career.
Erik McCree’s season with Utah is definitely an incomplete, but the Utah Jazz held onto him and developed him since December which might mean we might see something special from him in July during the Utah Jazz Summer League.
Average GPA: Incomplete
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Grade Notes from the SLC Dunk Staff
Mychal Lowman: I don’t know what to make of Erik McCree. While Utah’s other two way contract seems on the verge of breaking out in the NBA, Erik McCree seems like he’s just starting his journey. While I hope Georges Niang can break into the NBA, I’m not sure he’s going to do it with Utah.
James Hansen: More playing time is needed to grade McCree.
Taylor Griffin: Didn’t see enough to grade McCree.
Andy Bailey: Another incomplete here. McCree did average 17.9 points with a 38.4 three-point percentage in the G-League, though.
Kaleb Searle: This grade is just like McCree’s time in Utah. Incomplete.
Tavan Parker: Incomplete.
Jason Walker: There’s not much to really say. He played eight minutes all year.
Jordan Cummings: McCree didn’t find the court except 8 minutes of garbage time over 4 games. Didn’t see enough of him.
Diana: Again, an incomplete. I don’t really know much about McCree.
Sam Goodrich: I, also, did not see Erik play much, so I do not really have anything to grade him on. He shot 38.4% from 3 and scored 17.9 points per game in the G-League this season, so that’s something to be happy about.