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 the two-way players who grabbed headlines with their NBA G League affiliates during the fourth week of the regular season.
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FIVE STARS OF THE WEEK
Lakers: Alex Caruso has career night in OT victory
In South Bay’s 139-135 overtime victory over Sioux Falls, Caruso went off for a career-high 41 points on 13-for-17 shooting (3-for-5 from 3), nearly missing out on a triple-double with 12 assists and eight rebounds, while adding three steals and a block. Caruso, along with Los Angeles assignee Thomas Bryant, was pivotal in forcing overtime against the Skyforce. With 2.8 seconds left in regulation, Caruso fired a full-court pass to Bryant, leading to the game-tying 3-pointer. Caruso’s spinning bank shot to begin the overtime period highlighted his scoring touch all game. The 6-foot-5 guard has had quite the start to the year, averaging 20.8 points, 6.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 11 games for South Bay this season.
Rockets: Briante Weber shows off all-around brilliance
Weber was a key part of Rio Grande Valley’s 13th-straight win, notching a triple-double of 27 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds, along with four steals. Weber has shown flashes of brilliance this season at the G League level, throwing down thunderous dunks and contributing in all facets of the game. This season, the VCU product is pacing with 18.9 points, 7.4 assists and 6.6 rebounds per game in nine contests.
Warriors: Quinn Cook shines in first NBA start
With the injury to Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, Cook got his opportunity. The Santa Cruz Warriors star was awarded his first NBA start in the Warriors’ 101-87 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. In 22 minutes on the floor, the 6-foot-2 guard finished the game with eight points on 3-for-7 shooting (2-for-4 from 3), to go with three assists and three boards. Cook has seen time in both the NBA and the G League this season — in 10 games with Santa Cruz this season, he is averaging 25.1 points (third in the league), 8.4 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals.
Bulls: Antonio Blakeney sets new franchise record
Back on Nov. 10, Blakeney made Windy City history when he poured in a franchise-best 44 points in the Bulls’ 130-126 overtime win over the Blue. He went up to the NBA Bulls for the remainder of the month, but when he was sent back down to Windy City, he picked up right where he left off. Blakeney outdid himself with a 46-point game in just three quarters (he didn’t play in the fourth), during the Bulls’ contest against the Vipers. He is now averaging 39 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists in four games with Windy City this year.
Suns: Mike James signs full NBA contract
James converted from a two-contract to a standard NBA contract with the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 9. James is averaging 10.8 points, 3.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game for the Suns. The 27-year-old guard ranks eighth among NBA rookies with 10.8 points per game and fifth with 3.8 assists per game as has appeared in all 28 of the Suns’ contests this season (10 starts). James scored a career-high 26 points to go with seven assists at Minnesota on November 26. He also scored 20-plus with 24 points and four steals in a win at Brooklyn on October 31. With this change, the Suns signed Danuel House to a two-way contract, taking the empty two-way slot on the squad.
TWO-WAY PLAYER NEWS OF THE WEEK
- ESPN: G League stars to play Mexico at NBA All-Star Game
- Miami Herald: Should the NBA expand into Mexico?
- NBAGLeague.com: Quinn Cook gets first NBA start