by Joanna Radov, CantonCharge.com contributor
The mad man from Minnesota, J.P. Macura, was an unstoppable force for the Charge this season, bringing the energy needed to notch one of the franchise’s most successful campaigns yet.
“J.P. is an absolute warrior,” commented Charge GM Brendon Yu. “He’s one of the hardest playing and most competitive players I’ve ever been around. Anyone watching can see his motor and passion in five minutes. He made great strides this year with his decision making and shooting and as he continues to grow there he’ll have a great chance to contribute at the next level”
In his second year in the league, the 6-5 guard out of Xavier, led the team with 2.4 steals a game, which was good for sixth among all NBA G League players, an impressive feat with the lanky Sir’Dominic Pointer running around alongside him. Macura was productive on both ends of the court, shooting 48.5% from the floor to average 14.2 points per game and came away with 4.3 rebounds in 29 minutes of action.
Charge play-by-play announcer Scott Zurilla said, “I don’t know that I can remember a player that brought such a combination of energy, fun, hustle and determination than J.P.. Not to mention he can really play. Can score, pass, defend and sets the tone for the team with his style of play. Key cog to the Charge success and a great guy to be around off the floor.”
J.P. opened the season with a fire that never went out, tying the franchise record at the time with six steals against the Lakeland Magic on opening night while also tallying a season-high three blocks. Macura would go on to lead the Charge in steals on 15 different occasions.
Along with an NBA call-up on February 9th from the Cavs, J.P. dawned a difference jersey with the letters ‘USA’ on the front, suiting up for Team USA for the 2020-21 FIBA AmeriCup qualifiers. Macura was joined by fellow-Charge teammate Levi Randolph, helping Team USA to finish the opening round undefeated with back-to-back wins against Puerto Rico (83-70, 95-73).
Charge Head Coach Nate Reinking added, “J.P. is a player you always want on your side because of his consistent high motor and competitive fire. Combining his IQ, floor vision and anticipation with his effort and the energy he plays with on a nightly basis transfers into making winning plays.”
Macura was heating up for the final stretch of the season, tallying a career-high 29 points against the Windy City Bulls on March 10th, a win that secured the Charge the number two seed in playoffs, just before play was suspended for the year.