As the NBA G League gets close to the midway checkpoint — All-Star weekend — a handful of two-way players are separating themselves from the pack. Here are five who shined over the past week.
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Kadeem Allen, Maine Red Claws (Boston Celtics)
Allen suited up twice for Maine last week, averaging 38.0 points per game, including an incredible career-high 46-point performance in Tuesday’s game against the Nets. That scoring output was also the fourth-most in Red Claws history. To go with his 38.0 points per game, Allen also averaged 6.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.5 blocks for the week, earning Player of the Week honors. Allen followed up his 46-point performance with a near triple-double on Thursday, when he scored 30 points (10-for-19 from the field), with seven rebounds and eight assists.
Quinn Cook, Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State Warriors)
Cook had a productive week scoring and dishing the ball for the Warriors, pacing his two contests with Santa Cruz at 25.5 points and 10.0 assists per contest. The Warriors played Sunday night’s contest against the Austin Spurs at Oracle Arena, the home of the NBA Warriors. Cook finished the contest with a game-high 28 points to go with nine assists as Golden State teammates, coaches and front office looked on.
RJ Hunter, Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Houston Rockets)
Hunter was newly called up to the Rockets as a two-way player after having a great start to the season with the Vipers. In the Vipers contest with the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Jan. 27, Hunter dropped 35 points on 12-for-18 shooting, and was close to a triple-double as he added 13 rebounds and seven assists as well. Hunter has scored 20-plus points in four of his past six games with the Vipers.
Gary Payton II, South Bay Lakers (Los Angeles Lakers)
After being waived by the Milwaukee Bucks, where he spent the beginning of the season as a two-way player, Payton signed a two-way deal with the Lakers and has seen action at both the NBA and the G League level already. At the G League level, Payton dropped a triple-double of 14 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists against the Windy City Bulls on Jan. 26 — his South Bay debut.
Johnathan Motley, Texas Legends (Dallas Mavericks)
Motley displayed his strength and defensive ability at NBA G League Showcase, and has continued to show that with the Legends while getting experience at the NBA level with the Mavericks, as well. Motley put up three straight double-doubles where he dropped 20-plus points. Motley is putting up big numbers and throwing down some monster dunks in the process.