Rashad McCants (193 cm, North Carolina ’05) has been released by the Foshan Long Lions (China-CBA) to make room for Doron Perkins. McCants played his last game for Foshon on Jan. 6th against Tracy McGrady and the Qingdo Eagles. At the time he was released, McCants had played in 17 games and was carrying a 19.8 points per game average.
McCants had signed with Strasbourg IG (France-ProA), but has decided to take his talents to China for the 2012-13 season. Last year he suited up for the Powerade Tigers (Philippines-PBA) for two games in the Governor’s Cup and averaged 25.0 points per game, as well as getting in six contests in Puerto Rico with Humacao, where he contributed 18.0ppg.
McCants was a stand-out at North Carolina, scoring 1,721 points in three seasons with the Tar Heels (17.6ppg on 98 games). He led the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in games (35) in 2002-03, field goal attempts (438) in 2002-03, field goals (215 in 2002-03 and 216 in 2003-04), 3-point field goal percentage (40.8% in 2003-04), points (599 in 2003-04) and points per game (20.0 in 2003-04). He currently sits in 4th place on the career ACC 3-point field goal percentage (41.5%), and 5th place in points per game (17.6).
He was picked by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1st round (14th pick overall) in the 2005 NBA Draft and played for the T-Wolves for three full seasons and part of a fourth, before being traded to the Sacramento Kings in 2009. The Kings released him in Jan., 2011. During his run in the NBA he averaged 10.0 points per game with a high of 14.9ppg during the 2007-08 season with Minnesota. That season he played in 75 games, starting 24, scoring 1,114 points on the season. He was averaging 10.3 points per game on 19.4 minutes off the bench for Sacramento when they released him. McCants earned an estimated $7.58m over his NBA career.