NBA G League Alums To Watch At Summer League in Las Vegas
Published on July 7, 2017
Derrick Jones Jr., Phoenix Suns
Jones Jr. averaged 14.5 ppg, 5.6 rebs, and 1.5 blks in 19 games with Northern Arizona Suns in 2016-17. He's better known as "Airplane Mode" for his high-flying jams, which he eventually brought to Phoenix and the NBA dunk contest.
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David Nwaba, Los Angeles Lakers
Nwaba was the Cinderella story of the season, climbing from a tryout with the Lakers' NBA G League team to the Lakers' roster.
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Yogi Ferrell, Dallas Mavericks
Ferrell started all 18 games he saw action in for the Long Island Nets in the 2016-17 season. He averaged 18.7 ppg while also dishing out 5.8 apg. He signed a 10-day contract with the Mavericks in late January and never looked back. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team at the end of his season.
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Kay Felder, Cleveland Cavaliers
Felder was an offensive force to be reconked with the 11 times he suited up with the Canton Charge last season. He averaged a staggering 29.9 points per game over the course of those contests.
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Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors
After starting in Toronto during the first half of the season, Siakam became the 905's all-around star. His performance in leading the NBA G League affiliate to a title in just its second season earned him Finals MVP honors.
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Quinn Cook, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cook has a been a staple in the Charge franchise over the past two seasons. This year in 39 games he saw his points per game average jump from 19.6 to 20.6 while also increasing his assists per game from 5.4 to 6.7.
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Isaiah Taylor, Houston Rockets
Taylor was very effective in his 25 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers last season. He averaged 21 points per game on 51.5% shooting from the field, earning a Call-Up to Houston.
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Ivica Zubac, Los Angeles Lakers
The Bosnian-born big was impressive on both ends of the floor for the D-Fenders last season. In his 14 games with the Lakers affiliate he averaged a near double-double with 14 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
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Wade Baldwin, Memphis Grizzlies
Baldwin featured in 33 games for the Iowa Energy last season averaging 12.9 points and 5.3 assists per game. As the Grizzlies enter a new era, their 2016 first-round pick could be a key piece moving forward.
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Wayne Selden Jr., Memphis Grizzlies
A teammate of Baldwin in Iowa, Selden was a serious offensive threat for the Energy last season. In his 35 games he averaged 18.5 points per game before earning a Call-Up to Memphis.
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Gary Payton II, Milwaukee Bucks
Son of legendary point guard Gary Payton, GPII started all 49 of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers games last season. The PG had a proficient 1st professional season averaging 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game over the course of the year.
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Axel Toupane, New Orleans Pelicans
Toupane has spent the better parts of the last two seasons with the 905 where he's seen his offensive game continue to grow. This year he averaged 16.1 points per game for the reigning champs.
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Malik Beasley, Denver Nuggets
Beasley was the go-to scoring option in his 16 games with the Sioux Falls SkyForce last season. He averaged 18.9 points per game as he split time between Sioux Falls and Denver.
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Damian Jones, Golden State Warriors
In 31 games with the Santa Cruz Warriors last season Damian Jones averaged 11.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Golden State's first-round pick last year, he will look to work his way into the NBA rotation.
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Chris McCullough, Long Island Nets
Since being drafted in 2015, McCullough has spent time with both the Long Island Nets and Northern Arizona Suns. The 6'11" power forward averaged a career-best 20.6 points per game in 31 games with the Nets last season before being traded to Washington.