NBA Superlatives: Dominic McGuire

By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer

Signed by New Orleans on Dec. 16, small forward Dominic McGuire quickly moved into head coach Monty Williams’ rotation, logging 11 minutes that evening in a heartbreaking one-point loss at Portland. The Hornets are McGuire’s sixth different NBA team since being picked in the second round of the 2007 draft by Washington. Two days after making his Hornets debut, the six-year NBA veteran played 26 minutes against one of those former teams, Golden State (he’s also played for Sacramento, Charlotte and Toronto). Coincidentally, the Warriors came up often when the defensive-minded, 27-year-old discussed his career and the league recently with Hornets.com:

Most memorable moment in the NBA: “Going to the playoffs my rookie year with Washington. We played against Cleveland.”

Most memorable dunk in the NBA: “In my second year against the Bulls, I had a nice left-handed dunk on Andres Nocioni.” Most surprising thing about the NBA as a rookie: “The speed of the game. Everybody is so fast. The game goes by quickly.”

Toughest player to face at his position: “Carmelo Anthony.”

Most underrated players in the NBA: “(Milwaukee shooting guard) Monta Ellis, who I played with in Golden State. Also, Stephen Curry (of Golden State). He’s just a great offensive player who makes everyone around him better.”

Best uniforms in the NBA (besides the Hornets’): “I like the Brooklyn Nets’ new uniforms.”

Favorite road arena: “Oracle Arena in Oakland. The fans there are crazy. Even when they were struggling as a team, they were still there (coming to home games).”

Favorite road trip, based on the city: “Just about any West Coast trip, because I’m a California guy from San Diego. I like to play at Sacramento, both games against either Los Angeles team and going to the Bay Area to play Golden State.”