As we head towards the home stretch of the season and look ahead to the NBA G League postseason, a handful of two-way players are separating themselves from the pack. Here are five players who shined over the past week.
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.
Antonio Blakeney, Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls)
The LSU product was named the NBA G League Player of the Week on Monday after putting up 25.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and hitting 53.7 of his shots in three wins for the Windy City Bulls. In the Bulls’ 129-114 victory over the Long Island Nets on March 2, Blakeney, the league’s top scorer, put up 41 points on 15-for-25 (60 percent) from the field, while adding 11 boards, three assists and a steal.
Josh Magette, Erie BayHawks (Atlanta Hawks)
Magette, who leads the NBA G League in assists (10.2 per game) for the third-straight season, continues to dish the rock, leading the BayHawks on a three-game winning streak. Magette, who tallied 14 assists in the BayHawks’ 129-122 win over the Greensboro Swarm Feb. 28, also is coming off a near-triple-double (14 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds) in the team’s 109-98 win over the Iowa Wolves on March 4.
Johnathan Motley, Texas Legends (Dallas Mavericks)
The Baylor alum is heating up since coming back to join the Legends after the NBA All-Star break. Most recently, Motley dropped a season-high 34 points in the Legends’ 125-118 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce on March 3. Motley added ten rebounds in the effort against the Skyforce, notching his 19th double-double of the season. Look for Motley to continue his dominance in the paint highlighted by several ferocious slam dunks each contest.
Quinn Cook, Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State Warriors)
Quinn Cook has made the two-way tracker list on several occasions this season as he has flashed brilliance each time he’s stepped on the court with Santa Cruz. Most recently, Cook dominated the floor alongside Golden State assignee Jordan Bell on March 4. Cook tied his career-high with 41 points, while adding ten assists, and hitting six of 12 3-pointers, during the Warriors’ 132-120 victory over the Memphis Hustle.
Jack Cooley, Reno Bighorns (Sacramento Kings)
The Notre Dame graduate is tearing up the NBA G League in the paint with the Bighorns this season. The 6-foot-10 forward is coming off a 31-point, 13-rebound and two-block night in Reno’s 122-112 victory over the Northern Arizona Suns on March 4. He is a part of one of the hottest shooting teams in the NBA G League heading into the home stretch before the postseason gets underway.