The NBA G League is in full swing now, and players are starting to be noticed around the league and up in the NBA. Here’s which two-way players grabbed headlines with their NBA G League affiliates during the fourth week of the regular season.
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FIVE STARS OF THE WEEK
Mavericks: Antonius Cleveland throws down the monster putback slam in Dallas
In the fourth quarter of the Dallas Mavericks’ 108-82 victory against the L.A. Clippers, Cleveland put his strength and athleticism on display with a huge putback slam dunk. After Dwight Powell’s shot hit the rim, Cleveland came through the lane and leaped up for the jam.
Pelicans: Charles Cooke goes for 30 points
After dropping a career-high 34 points against the 905 on Nov. 20, Cooke came back with another big night against the 87ers on Dec. 4. Cooke scored 30 points on 11-for-22 shooting (2-for-3 from 3), while adding 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. The Pelicans two-way player also had 25 points in the Swarm’s contest against the Suns.
Mavericks: Johnathan Motley continues consistent play
Motley led the Legends to a 2-1 record, going for 25, 28 and 25 points in the three games in the past week. Motley shot over 50 percent from the field in all three games, adding double-digit rebounds in two of the contests. He’s now averaging 22.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game in 11 appearances so far this season.
Spurs: Darrun Hilliard drops 33
Hilliard, who is now fifth in the G League in points per game with 24.3, has continued his strong play with the Austin Spurs. On Dec. 5 against the Wolves, Hilliard scored 33 points on 13-for-28 shooting (five 3-pointers), while adding six rebounds and four assists. Along with his 24.3 points per game, Hilliard is averaging 5.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists on the year.
Suns: Mike James has career night with Phoenix
James, who has been with the Phoenix Suns in the NBA for the whole season so far, has proved his worth in the big league. On Nov. 26 against the Timberwolves, James scored a career-high 26 points on 10-for-20 shooting (3-for-5 from 3), along with seven assists and five rebounds. Don’t be surprised if James gets a full NBA contract in the coming week or so.
TWO-WAY PLAYER NEWS OF THE WEEK
- Basketball Insiders: A Day In The NBA’s G League
- SB Nation: Why I’m Optimistic About The NBA G League’s Future