As the NBA G League gets closer to the unofficial midway point — All-Star 2018 in Los Angeles — 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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Johnathan Motley, Texas Legends (Dallas Mavericks)
The Baylor product was named NBA G League Player of the Month this past week, after a tremendous January with the Legends. Motley averaged 22.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 blocks over 11 games, leading Texas to a league-best 9-2 record. During the Legends’ seven-game winning streak, Motley set new career-highs with 17 boards in back-to-back games. Motley has been seeing time in the NBA with the Mavericks recently, but in his last action with the Legends, Motley put up 28 points (12-for-17 from the field), with 10 rebounds and two assists.
Malcolm Miller, Raptors 905 (Toronto Raptors)
Miller is coming off a big game against the Erie BayHawks on Saturday, where he finished with 24 points (3-for-4 from 3-point range), eight rebounds, one steal and one block. The Holy Cross product helped the Raptors 905 spoil the BayHawks’ Affiliate Night on Jan. 3.
Kay Felder, Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons)
The new two-way player for the Pistons has gotten hot with the Drive this past week. In the past two games, Felder scored 24 and 25 points, respectively. In his last action, a 121-113 victory for the Drive, Felder filled up the box score, adding six rebounds and five assists to go with his 25 points. Felder is averaging 15.7 points, 5.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds on the season.
Georges Niang, Salt Lake City Stars (Utah Jazz)
Niang, who was named to the Mid-Season NBA G League First Team, is coming off his best night of the season thus far. In the Stars’ tight 115-114 victory over the Vipers on Feb. 3, Niang dropped 30 points on 10-for-15 shooting (66.7 percent) from the field. He also added a career-high 11 assists, two steals and a block.
Quinn Cook, Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State Warriors)
Cook has had an outstanding season thus far, gaining experience playing with both Golden State and Santa Cruz. The Duke product is coming off one of his most well-balanced games of the season against the Northern Arizona Suns on Feb. 3. Cook dropped 28 points, going 5-for-8 from 3-point range (62.5 percent). He also chipped in seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. Cook is currently second in the league in points, averaging 24.6 per game.