The New York Yankees have selected Michigan State’s Dwayne Bacon to replace Mark McGwire as their starting point guard for the NBA Finals, the team announced Tuesday.
Bacon, who is also the team’s associate head coach, was also named an assistant coach and associate head strength and conditioning coach.
The 34-year-old Bacon played in four seasons with the Wolverines, totaling 1,845 points, 867 rebounds and 1,059 assists.
Bacon’s addition comes as the Yankees are preparing for the 2016-17 season.
New York has already lost two starters: Aaron Boone, who was released by the team on Feb. 28, and Anthony Rizzo, who left the team after the season for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Yankees were in need of a point guard this offseason, but they also needed a player with some NBA experience, as the team was unable to sign a starter from the NBA Summer League due to injuries.
That could be an obstacle for Bacon, whose résumé includes stints with the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns.
At Michigan State, Bacon played two seasons and recorded 3,923 points, 1,631 rebounds and 863 assists.
He also set a school record with 9,842 points during the 2013-14 season.