The NBA G League is in full swing now, and players are starting to make names for themselves in the league and in the NBA. The NBA G League’s annual scouting event, the NBA G League Showcase, took place this past week. There were a lot of movers and shakers around the league, including several new two-way players.
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Blakeney continued his scoring pace of a league-best 35.0 points per game with two big scoring performances at Showcase. The All-Showcase First Team guard went for 23 points, five assists, five rebounds and two steals in Windy City’s Showcase opener, a loss to the Austin Spurs, but followed that up with the high performance of the week. Blakeney dropped 42 points on 19-for-30 (63 percent) shooting, with eight assists and eight rebounds, in the 109-91 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce the following day.
The Blue’s triple-double machine kept cranking at Showcase, going for his league-best eighth triple double during the Blue’s last-second victory over the Mad Ants on Jan. 11. The Connecticut product went for 19 points, 13 assists and 13 rebounds, while adding three steals to the mix. The next day, he flirted with another triple-double in Oklahoma City’s 121-110 win over the Long Island Nets. The NBA G League Showcase First-Teamer finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in the Blue’s Showcase finale.
Myke Henry was the only player at Showcase that got to play in three games during the week, receiving a GATORADE Call-Up to the Memphis Grizzlies after two big performances with the Oklahoma City Blue on Days 2 & 3. After scoring 21 and 12 points in his first two games of the event with the Blue, Henry was signed to a two-way contract with the Grizzlies on Jan. 13, and played for the NBA G League affiliate Memphis Hustle that same day. In his debut with the Hustle, Henry went for 26 points on 9-for-18 (50 percent) shooting, while adding three rebounds, one assist, one steal and a block.
One of the toughest players to play against on both ends of the court during NBA G League Showcase was Johnathan Motley. The All-Showcase First Team honoree put up huge numbers in two wins for the Legends. On Jan. 10 in a 124-113 victory over the Wisconsin Herd, Motley went off for 24 points, 14 rebounds, six steals, five assists and three blocks. He then followed that up with a Showcase finale win for the Legends over the Greensboro Swarm on Jan. 12, adding 23 points, 18 rebounds, four blocks and three assists.
Brown and Raptors 905 played host to NBA G League Showcase for the second season in a row, but Brown was also was on double duty, as the Toronto Raptors were home the same week. After putting up 24 points and 12 assists in 905’s Showcase-opening victory over the Santa Cruz Warriors, Brown went straight to the Air Canada Centre to play for the NBA Raptors against the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he contributed six points and five assists in the 133-99 victory. Two days later, Brown was on double duty again, playing in the Raptors game against Sioux Falls (six points, nine assists, five rebounds) followed by the Raptors home game against the Golden State Warriors (two points, one assist, one rebound).
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