The NBA G League is filled with NBA-caliber players that are looking to secure a spot on an NBA roster. So each and every game is another chance for the league’s unaffiliated prospects to prove to 30 NBA teams that they are worthy of a GATORADE Call-Up. This week’s G League prospect update has some names that continue to pop up at the top of the stat sheets and are among the biggest impact players for their teams. The players on this list have maintained a high level of play so far, and if they keep it up, will undoubtedly start to solidify their positions on the NBA radar.
RJ Hunter – Rio Grande Valley Vipers
You may remember Hunter’s iconic 3-point basket from deep in the 2015 NCAA tournament, knocking off heavily-favored Baylor in a shocker, but what is it he up to now? The sharp-shooter didn’t immediately find his groove the past couple seasons playing in Boston, so this year, he is starting with a fresh slate in the NBA G League. Playing with Rio Grande Valley, Hunter has been brilliant through 14 games. This past week, in a 3-0 team effort, Hunter paced the Vipers with 28.0 points, and 4.7 assists, earning him NBA G League Player of the Week. On the season, Hunter is averaging 20.1 points per game while shooting 39 percent from 3-point range.
Walter Lemon Jr. – Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Lemon Jr., who hails from Bradley University, has been one of the NBA G League’s most prolific scorers this season. In 11 games, the-6-foot-3 shooting guard is averaging 25.1 points, which puts him fourth among the league leaders. In a successful past week, where the Mad Ants went 2-1, Lemon Jr. once again shined bright. He averaged 18.3 points, 8.3 assists and 7.0 rebounds, and highlighted his week with a 28-point, 10-rebound and 8-assist performance in a 107-96 win over Reno.
Trey Burke – Westchester Knicks
It’s him again, folks. Burke had another stellar week leading the charge for his Westchester squad. His Knicks are currently 3rd overall in the Eastern Conference with a 9-4 record. This past week, the Knicks went 3-1, their only loss coming to Maine, where Burke didn’t play. In the three games he played, Burke averaged 29.0 points and 6.0 assists. Burke has been the key to the Knicks’ ignition all season, and the biggest reason for their great start. Look for him to continue his dominant play this week.
Tyrone Wallace – Agua Caliente Clippers
Wallace has been a tremendous success story this season for Agua Caliente. In his first season in the NBA G League out of the University of California, the 6-foot-5 guard is averaging 21.8 points and 5.7 rebounds through his first 12 games. This past week, the Clippers were one buzzer-beater away from going 3-0, but despite the last-second loss to Memphis, Wallace still performed brilliantly in each of his opportunities. He averaged 26.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists, with his most productive game coming against South Bay, when he tallied 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Wallace is young to playing professionally, but is playing like he truly belongs.