The NBA G League is in full swing now, and players are starting to be noticed around the league and up in the NBA. Here’s which two-way players grabbed headlines with their NBA G League affiliates during the third week of the regular season.
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FIVE STARS OF THE WEEK
Antonio Blakeney drops 16 points in NBA debut
Blakeney was transferred to the Chicago Bulls and didn’t miss a step as he delivered a 16-point performance in 26 minutes against the Thunder, hitting 3-of-6 shots from behind the arc. He played three games with the Bulls last week, adding five points, one rebound and an assist at home against Charlotte, and then seven points, two rebounds and an assist in Phoenix.
John Holland continues balanced attack
After scoring a career-high 43 points last week, Holland continued his balanced offensive attack in the Charge’s two games this past week. He continues to gain respect from those around the league for his ability to score as well as distribute the ball, which has been shown on the court so far this year. Holland scored 22 points (on 7-for-14 shooting) and added eight assists and four rebounds in Canton’s matchup with the Hustle on Nov. 15, before going for 33 points, four rebounds and four assists in Canton’s victory over the Drive three days later.
Josh Magette flirts with triple-double, drops season-high assists
Magette has been dropping dimes all season, but he was able to top his 16-assist game with 17 against the Swarm on Nov. 14. Magette added a season-high 23 points on 7-for-12 shooting (4-for-7 from 3-point range), as well as six rebounds. He inched close to a triple-double and led the BayHawks to a 15-point victory.
Kadeem Allen nears triple double
Allen also came close to sealing a triple-double, as he scored 24 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and three steals in the Red Claws’ tight battle with the Charge on Nov. 12. He was an outstanding 8-for-14 from the field and knocked down 2-of-3 triples. The Boston Celtics’ two-way player is shooting 43.3 percent from the field this year and averaging 15 points per game.
Cleveland is headed to Dallas
Antonius Cleveland earned a two-way contract with the Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 17 after a terrific start to the year with the Santa Cruz Warriors. The guard averaged 14.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals in his six games with Santa Cruz to begin the season. Cleveland became the second NBA G League player to receive a Gatorade Call-Up this season, after Tyler Cavanaugh was signed to a two-way deal by the Hawks on Nov. 7.
TWO-WAY PLAYER NEWS OF THE WEEK
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