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Eyeing An NBA Call-Up: NBA G League Prospects Who’ve Reached the Next Level

By Drew Zlogar | March 14, 2018

After a busy February following the NBA’s trade deadline, a host of NBA G League prospects have gotten the call up to the NBA in March. Here’s a rundown on the players who have signed contracts at the next level:

Signed Contracts:

Emeka Okafor – New Orleans Pelicans

The NBA journeyman got his opportunity to re-enter the NBA when DeMarcus Cousins went down with a torn achillies in early February. After playing well during his 10-day contract, Okafor was signed through the rest of the NBA season to remain a member of the Pelicans. The former No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 draft has been productive in his time with New Orleans, making 11 starts in 13 appearances, and averaging 6.2 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game and 1.5 blocks per game.

Shaquille Harrison – Phoenix Suns

Harrison represents one of the best success stories in the NBA G League this season, having begun his journey at the 2016 NBA G League Player Invitational. After going undrafted out of Tulsa University, he has continually excelled with the Northern Arizona Suns for the past two seasons. Harrison was called up on a 10-day contract to the Phoenix Suns on February 21. Due to injuries at the guard position and taking full advantage of his opportunities with Phoenix during that time, Harrison was signed to a multi-year deal on March 13. So far, in nine appearances with Phoenix Harrison has averaged 4.2 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game, 1.9 assists per game and 1.3 steals per game. He had a career-high 14 points in his first NBA start vs. Charlotte Hornets on March 10.

10-Day Call-Ups:

Jaylen Morris– Atlanta Hawks

Morris, a Division II graduate of Molloy College, was signed to a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks on February 28, culminating his rise from this year’s NBA G League Player Invitational. In 39 games this season with Atlanta’s NBA G League affiliate, the Erie Bayhawks, Morris averaged 12.6 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game. He is currently playing on his second 10-day contract with Atlanta, as they signed him to another 10-day deal.

Jarell Eddie – Chicago Bulls

Eddie, having previous NBA experience with the Suns, Wizards, and Celtics, became the first player in Windy City franchise history to be called up to the Chicago Bulls on March 1. The four-year NBA G League veteran has averaged 17.4 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game in 23 appearances.

Travis Wear – Los Angeles Lakers

Wear has had an exceptional year with his NBA G League affiliate the South Bay Lakers averaging 16.7 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game in 33 appearances. On March 2, the Los Angeles Lakers signed the LA native and UCLA product to a 10-day contract, then a second 10-day on March 13.

Nigel Hayes – Toronto Raptors

Hayes received his second call-up this season on March 6, as the Toronto Raptors signed him to a 10-day contract. Previously, Hayes spent a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Lakers in January. He’s one of three Westchester players called up this season, joining Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Grizzlies) and Trey Burke (Knicks). In 38 games for Westchester this season, Hayes has averaged 16.1 points with 6.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 35.6 minutes per game.

Rodney Purvis – Orlando Magic

Purvis has had a very impressive season in the NBA G League this year, and on March 8, was rewarded with being signed by the Orlando Magic to a 10-day contract. Purvis has played and started in 37 games this season for the Lakeland Magic, Orlando’s NBA G League affiliate, averaging 20.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.5 apg, and 1.35 spg. in 38.5 minpg. At the time of his Call-Up, Purvis ranked eighth in the NBA G League in scoring.

Brandon Jennings – Milwaukee Bucks

NBA veteran Brandon Jennings was determined to find a way of getting back into the NBA, and it began by being acquired by the Wisconsin Herd in the NBA G League on February 13. After playing seven games with Wisconsin and averaging  21.4 points, 7.6 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 37.0 minutes per contest, the Milwaukee Bucks signed him to a 10-day contract on March 11. In his first game with the Bucks, he nearly notched a triple double (16 points, 12 assists, 8 rebounds).

Damion Lee – Atlanta Hawks

A second-year pro, Lee spent time last season with the Maine Red Claws. This season he has played with the Santa Cruz Warriors, and on March 13, was signed to a 10-day contract by the Atlanta Hawks. In 38 game appearances this season with Santa Cruz, Lee has averaged 15.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.5 steals in 29.7 minutes per game.

Briante Weber – Memphis Grizzlies

Weber was signed to a 10-day contract by the Memphis Grizzlies on March 14. At the beginning of this season, Weber was a two-way player with the Houston Rockets. He appeared in 13 games for both Houston and Rio Grande Valley as a two-way player. At the conclusion of that contract, he then re-joined Sioux Falls Skyforce in the NBA G League, and played in 15 games averaging 14.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.07 steals in 34.4 minutes per game.

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