The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed free agent guard Rodney McGruder.
McGruder appeared in 48 games (44 starts) with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League last season, averaging 15.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.38 steals and 37.5 minutes, while shooting 51.3 percent from the field, 38.4 percent from three-point range and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. He led the team in points (758), field goals made (290), three-point field goals made (93) and plus-minus (+367), and finished second on the team in steals (66) and third in rebounds (255). Additionally, he scored in double-figures 40 times, including 14 20-point games and two 30-point games, while helping the Skyforce to a D-League record 40 wins. In the playoffs, he appeared in seven games (all starts), averaging 22.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 42.3 minutes, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from three-point range en route to the Skyforce’s first NBA D-League championship in franchise history.
McGruder split time during the 2014-15 season between the Maine Red Claws and Sioux Falls Skyforce, averaging 9.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 23.1 minutes in 29 games (seven starts). He also played for Atomeromu SE Paks of the Hungarian A League in 2013-14, where he averaged 14.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.59 steals in 27.8 minutes.
McGruder, who played all four seasons at Kansas State, is currently on the HEAT’s summer league team.