Every NBA season, there are players that rise to the top from all different levels. The NBA G League is home to players who are trying to groom their talents to hopefully get an NBA opportunity down the road. Some players play the NBA G League season signed to a parent team, while others are playing each game essentially as free agents. Each week we will take a look at some of these notable unsigned prospects, that are making headlines around the league.
Each week we will take a look at some of these notable unsigned prospects that are making headlines around the NBA G League.
The former West Virginia Mountaineer has hit his stride in his second professional season. Playing as an unsigned prospect with the Red Claws (affiliate of the Boston Celtics), the powerful big man has stepped his game up since the NBA G League Showcase. In Maine’s past five games, he has filled the stat sheet with video game numbers. The 6-foot-9 Williams has poured in 18.0 points and 17.2 rebounds per game over that stretch. He posted a double-double in each of the five games, and the bruising forward highlighted his week with a 20-point, 21-rebound and 5-assist performance in a 110-100 win over Greensboro. Williams has found his confidence on the court and with numbers like this, it won’t take long for NBA teams to give him a serious look.
Comanche may be one of the NBA G League’s hidden gems this season when taking into consideration his physical stature and his untapped potential athletically. In his first season out of Arizona, Comanche has modest season averages (9.2 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game), but standing at 6-foot-10 and weighing 210 pounds, it is understood that he is just getting his feet wet as a professional player. Over the past week, Comanche had some flashes of why he’s such an intriguing prospect. In the three-game week, the big man produced 21.7 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game. In a tough loss to Fort Wayne on Saturday, Comanche highlighted his week with a 33-point (15-16 FG), 9-rebound performance.
In his second NBA G League season, Charles has been a consistent contributor for Austin. At 6-foot-9, he provides flexibility on the offensive end of the court, something that any team can really value. On the season, Charles has averages of 10.1 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game, but in the past week of games, the Frenchman has elevated his level of play. Helping drive Austin to an undefeated week (3-0), Charles tallied 14.3 points per game, while shooting 64.3% from the floor, and 7.3 rebounds per game. As a lengthy, raw forward, Charles has the physical makeup to become a productive player at the NBA level. His performances this past week could be a great sign that he has found his rhythm on the court.
Davis has been a really exciting guard this season for Maine in his second season in the NBA G League. After appearing in just one game for the Canton Charge last year, Davis is averaging 16.3 points per game and chipping in 4.7 assists per contest. In the Red Claws’ past week of games, Davis again impressed. Pouring in 18.5 points and five assists, Davis continued his torrid pace in his breakout campaign.
O’Brien has enjoyed a productive season with Agua Caliente, and had another terrific week. In the three-game week for the Clippers, 6-foot-7 O’Brien poured in 29.7 points per game while shooting 58% from the field. On the season, O’Brien is averaging 14.2 points per game, but with the surge he has been on recently, it seems as though he has grabbed hold of the scoring reigns for his Agua Caliente team.