Melbourne jet Mitch McCarron put together one of his best performances for the club in Saturday night’s win over Adelaide 36ers — and coach Dean Vickerman says he loves the flair his point guard brings to the United line-up.
‘Money-makin’ Mitch recently graduated to Daddy McCarron and the 189cm dynamo has put together a pair of brilliant performances since the birth of baby boy Oslo, on Saturday scoring a season-high 21 points to go with five assists and five steals.
McCarron’s passing was worthy of a highlight reel all its own — and Vickerman has taken notice.
“Mitch throws some passes that other people don’t see, and he had a couple tonight, a tip over his head, it was like ‘wow, he saw that in advance, that far ahead’,” Vickerman said after United recorded their ninth win in a row.
McCarron’s decision-making has improved drastically. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“He has the ability to take a picture of the floor and see where people are.
“If he throws a behind-the-back pass or an over-the-head pass, I love it — as long as it gets there.
“That’s the freedom that I want him to play with.”
The 28-year-old has had to bide his time at United, with ball-dominant imports like Casper Ware and Melo Trimble in the role he now performs with aplomb.
“I feel like I’ve got the ball in my hands a little bit more now as the point guard and my role has changed with this team and it is my job, at times, to make sure we’re getting through our stuff, to make sure the ball is getting to the right places,” McCarron said.
“I’m enjoying that, it’s my most desired position and the one that I have the most fun in.
“It brings out my creativity and sometimes I’m a little bit loose, but (I’m) just trying to work on that.”
McCarron loves producing highlight reel plays and is one of the game’s most exciting dunkers. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
United’s next task is New Zealand on Wednesday and a chance at some history also beckons. A 10th win in a row would make it the club’s longest-ever single-season streak.
“New Zealand (is) sitting on a bubble right now with 15 losses, so they’re in finals mode is the way that they’re playing and we know we had a tough battle with them last time and we expect them to be even better coming in on Wednesday,” Vickerman said.
“Rob Loe’s playing a few more minutes, Will McDowell-White’s been there a little bit longer and I think they’re evolving as a team as well.”
Last time the two teams met, forward Finn Delany ripped United with 33 points, but Melbourne escaped with the W, 84-78.
“Finn Delany gave us some trouble last time, that’s one of the key ones that we’ve got to pick up on, Corey Webster’s always dangerous, we did a good job with (Colton) Iverson last time,” Vickerman said.
“As long as we can contain those guys and just improve a little bit on our shooting … we go in there pretty confident.”
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