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 sixth week of the regular season.
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FIVE STARS OF THE WEEK
Bulls: Antonio Blakeney continues torrid scoring pace
Blakeney has continued his incredible scoring pace since coming back to Windy City two weeks ago. The LSU product is now averaging a league-highest 37.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game in seven appearances. Blakeney added another 40-point outing in the Bulls’ matchup with the Lakeland Magic on Dec. 12, as he poured in 40 points to go with 13 rebounds and six assists. He didn’t cool off one bit in the Bulls’ next two games, going for 32 and 37 points, accordingly, in the Bulls’ contests against the Charge and 905. In the five-point loss to the 905 on Dec. 16, he drained a career-high six three pointers.
Blakeney has now scored 30 or more points in each of his seven appearances at the G League level, including three 40-plus games. He’s on a two-way contract now, but with the pace he’s on now, Blakeney may warrant a long-term opportunity in the near future.
Hawks: Josh Magette ties career high 31 points
In the Erie BayHawks’ last-second loss against the Wisconsin Herd, Magette was feeling it. He tied a career-high of 31 points on 9-for-17 shooting from the field, sinking a new career-best seven 3-pointers. He also added six assists, four rebounds and four steals in the contest. Magette was heating up as a distributor this past week, dishing out double-digit assists in each of his past two games, but his hot hand from beyond the arc made him a key scorer in the team’s battle with the Herd. Magette is averaging a league-best 10.5 assists, to go with 17.9 points, in 13 games this season.
Warriors: Quinn Cook splits time between Golden State and Santa Cruz
Cook continued to play with the NBA’s Warriors to start the week, seeing time in both the Warriors’ wins against the Portland Trail Blazers on Dec. 11 and the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 14. Cook then was sent back down to play with Santa Cruz in the big Twitch matchup against the Westchester Knicks on Dec. 16. In his first action back in the G League, Cook squared off with the reining player of the week, Trey Burke. Cook scored 30 points on 11-for-17 shooting (2-for-5 from 3), to go with five assists and four rebounds. Cook led the Warriors to the tight 106-98 victory, scoring 10 points in the final frame.
Rockets: Briante Weber snatches season-best six steals
Weber has been lighting up the stat sheet for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers as of late, but his defense has been in the forefront in the past week. Weber, who averages a league-best 3.1 steals per game, notched a season-high six steals in the Vipers’ 117-112 victory over the Agua Caliente Clippers on Dec. 14. He added 19 points, six rebounds and a pair of assists in the contest as well. Weber, who has been shuttling back-and-forth between Rio Grande Valley and Houston, is averaging 18 points, 7.1 assists and 6.2 rebounds in 12 games this year for the Vipers.
Lakers: Alex Caruso shows off his hops
During the second quarter of the Lakers’ matchup with the Knicks, Alex Caruso came back in transition for the huge block on Nigel Hayes. Caruso, who has become a huge threat offensively, finished the game with 14 points and 12 assists. He is averaging 18.8 points, 7.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game in 14 contests.
TWO-WAY PLAYER NEWS OF THE WEEK