Every NBA season, there are players that rise to stardom from all different levels. Some come from overseas professional leagues, while many others are homegrown in the NBA G League. The NBA G League is home to players trying to groom their talents to hopefully get an NBA opportunity down the road. Some play the NBA G League season signed in some right to a parent team — those are two-way players and assignment players — yet some are playing each game as free agents, free to sign with any of the 30 NBA teams.
Each week we will take a look at some of these notable unsigned prospects that are making headlines around the NBA G League.
The 6-foot-1 point guard is having a very productive second season in the NBA G League. Gray was a bit of a journeyman during his college days, having played at Texas Tech, Odessa College and LSU. With the Suns, however, he has shown great promise,seemingly bringing some stability to his young career as a professional basketball player. This season, he is averaging 15.7 points and 6.0 assists per game, and is coming off another very productive week. In the Suns last two games, Gray averaged 14.0 points, 10.5 assists, and 6.0 rebounds. He highlighted his week with a near triple-double against the Skyforce, tallying 12 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds.
Oliver, who hails from the University of Nevada, is a versatile forward with many dimensions to his game. Standing at 6-foot-8 and weighing 225 pounds, he is capable of being effective in the paint, as well as stretching out to beyond the 3-point line. So far, in his first season in the NBA G League, Oliver has been one of the more unheralded players apart of the Wisconsin Herd team. He is averaging 12.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. More recently, he has elevated his level of play, as he’as produced 12.7 points, and 11.0 rebounds in his past three games. He highlighted his past week of games with a 10-point, 18-rebound, three-assist, two-steal performance in a 125-115 win over the Greensboro Swarm. Oliver has the hustle and gritty mentality that can always be appreciated by scouts at the NBA level, and it is showing more and more with his performances with the Herd.
Hannahs, who played his college ball at the University of Arkansas, really had his coming out party during the Razorbacks’ post season run. At 6-foot-3, Hannahs showed scouts that he could be a reliable floor-general for a team, and be a consistent threat in a bunch of ways on either side of the court at the pro level. In his first season in the NBA G League, he is playing with the Hustle. Hannahs hasn’t fully established himself just yet, only getting 17.7 minutes per game in 21 appearances, but recently, with the added playing time, he is beginning to find his groove. In his last game, Hannahs paced the Hustle with 33 points (11-for-18 from the field) and eight rebounds. The road to getting to the NBA is different for every player, but it starts with a coming out party for each one of them. Hannahs may have just experienced his.