Once a standout forward for the University of Michigan, Mitch McGary had a tough rookie season for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Last pre-season, he broke a bone in his left foot, causing him to miss 17 regular season games while he recovered. When the big man returned to the lineup, he played in just a single game before shin splints wiped him out for the next 23. In 32 total games, McGary averaged only 6.3 points in 15 minutes on the floor.
If you watched McGary during NBA summer league action over the past few days, you might not even have recognized him. Determined to stop injuries from derailing his career, McGary lost almost 30 pounds this off-season, dropping his playing weight from the 280s down to 255. He looks like a completely different person.
This monster putback dunk against the Memphis Grizzlies is compelling evidence of the work McGary has put in.
McGary told newsok.com that during the off-season he took cooking classes, revamped his diet and completely focused on training and working out. He also gave up his biggest addiction: candy. Foods like fish, chicken and veggies now fill his plate each night.
With Kevin Durant finally healthy and a new, improved McGary back in the lineup, the OKC Thunder should be a force to be reckoned with next season.