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. As the point has past for all two-way contracts to be guaranteed, most players are locked into their contracts and battling it out for both their NBA and G League squads.
NBAGLeague.com’s Two-Way Tracker will provide weekly updates on the development of players signed to two-way NBA contracts throughout the 2017-18 season.
Quinn Cook, Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State Warriors)
Cook has been one of the league’s top scorers throughout the year, averaging 24.5 points in 21 contests. After a big performance in Game 1 of NBA G League Showcase, Cook continued with a solid week of play. Cook averaged 34 points, 9.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and shot 38-for-67 (56.7 percent) from the field in three games. In the Warriors’ tight loss against the Iowa Wolves on Jan. 19, Cook dropped a season-high 43 points on 16-for-27 (59.3 percent) from the field and added 11 assists and three rebounds, while knocking down 5-of-8 three-point attempts. Cook has gotten his chance to shine at both the G League and NBA levels this season, and should continue to see that going forward.
Alex Caruso, South Bay Lakers (Los Angeles Lakers)
Caruso has gotten his opportunity in the NBA with point guard Lonzo Ball still out with injury. Caruso played for Los Angeles in the Lakers’ past four games, most recently scoring a career-high nine points with a career-best eight assists, while adding four rebounds and two steals in the Lakers’ 127-107 victory over the Knicks on Jan. 21. Caruso also made waves around the NBA this past week with a highlight dunk in the Lakers’ 99-86 win over the Pacers on Jan. 19.
Derrick Jones, Jr., Sioux Falls Skyforce (Miami Heat)
Jones makes this list for his huge put-back slam dunk he had in the Miami Heat’s 106-105 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Jan. 20. Jones, who boasts the nickname “Airplane Mode” for his leaping and dunking ability, soared up over two defenders to put back the dunk after a teammate’s miss on a jumper.
Chris Boucher, Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State Warriors)
Boucher, who injured his ACL while playing for the Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 Tournament last season, has been out recovering from his injury this season, and made his long-awaited return to the court this past week. Boucher played in his first professional game on Jan. 17, scoring 11 points on 4-for-6 (66.7 percent) shooting with three blocks.
Antonio Blakeney, Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls)
The NBA G League’s leading scorer kept it rolling this past week as he helped lead the Windy City Bulls to three wins while increasing their winning streak to four games. Blakeney averaged 29 points, 4.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds and shot 49.2 percent from the field (50 percent from three) in the three contests. In Windy City’s 110-100 victory over the Wisconsin Herd on Jan. 19, Blakeney poured in 33 points on 13-for-25 (53%) shooting, adding eight rebounds, five assists and a steal.