Two-Way Tracker, Week 3: Cleveland Gets Gatorade Call-Up, Blakeney Shines In NBA Debut
Antonio Blakeney got his chance with the Chicago Bulls, and he made no mistake about showing the league he deserves to be in the NBA. Along with Mike James, Blakeney got his time to shine with the Bulls in three games this past week.
But in the NBA G League, John Holland (Canton Charge) and Josh Magette (Erie BayHawks) filled up the stat sheets this week. Oh, and our second Gatorade Call-Up of the season!
NBA G League 101: Two-Way Contracts
Beginning in the 2017 offseason, NBA rosters expanded from 15 to 17 players with the addition of two spots for players under “Two-Way Contracts.”
NBA teams may have up to two players under NBA Two-Way Contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and no more than 45 days with their NBA team. Two-Way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players with four or fewer years of NBA service are able to sign Two-Way Contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.
NBAGLeague.com’s Two-Way Tracker will bring you all you need to know about the league’s top prospects throughout the 2017-18 season.
KadeemGuard, Red Claws
JabariGuard, Red Claws
Wiley (6-8, 213 lbs.) appeared in 34 games for Eastern Washington University last season (2016-17), recording averages of 20.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in 34.3 minutes per contest while shooting 64.3 percent from the field. He was named the Big Sky Conference's Most Valuable Player in his final year at EWU and earned first team honors after finishing the season ranked first in the conference in field goal percentage, rebounding and blocked shots per game and sixth in scoring.
Ouattara (6-3, 185 lbs.) spent the 2016-17 season playing for AS Monaco Basket of the French LNB Pro A league. In 32 total games, he averaged 11.8 points on 51.4 percent shooting from the floor, including a 40.0 percent clip from beyond the arc, and pulling down 3.3 rebounds in 23.9 minutes per contest.
A former North Carolina Tar Heel, Paige was selected by the Brooklyn Nets with the 55th pick in 2016 NBA draft and was traded to the Utah Jazz in a deal agreed upon before the pick. The 6-foot-2, 164-pound guard has jumped around NBA teams before landing with the Hornets, gaining valuable experience along the way.
A 3-and-D wing who is signed to a two-way contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers this year. Holland spent four seasons overseas before joining the Canton Charge of the G League last season and earning Call-Up to Boston Celtics. Holland was the G League Impact Player of the Year last season, where he totaled 22.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in 37 games (all starts). He earned America East Player of the Year honors as senior at Boston University.
Played college basketball at Southeast Missouri State, and started the 2017-18 season with the Santa Cruz Warriors before earning Gatorade Call-Up to the Mavericks in November. Averaged 13.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in six games for the Warriors before earning a two-way contract with Dallas.
Montero has previous NBA experience, where in 2015-16 he he appeared in 12 games for the Portland Trail Blazers, averaging 1.2 points. Montero last season played for the Reno Bighorns and the Sioux Falls Skyforce, where he averaged 8.8 points, and 6.5 rebounds per game in 49 total games.
Veteran journeyman who has played parts of three seasons in the NBA G League; has had stints with the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers; a hard-nosed lead guard who owns career G League average of 16.7 PPG. In 20 career NBA games for the Raptors and Lakers, Buycks averaged 4.8 points and 1.8 rebounds.
AlexForward, Mad Ants
EdmondGuard, Mad Ants
Undrafted forward who has spent time with three different NBA organizations. He is a strong, tough wing with defensive mindset, and understands how to fit in as role player. Last season playing for Fiat Torino, in the Italian league, he averaged 13.0 points in 30 games. In 89 career G League games, Wilson has averages of 13.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists.
Simmons (6-4, 170) appeared in 37 games (19 starts) and averaged 8.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 23.5 minutes last season as a freshman at the University of Arizona. The 19-year-old was named a 2015-16 McDonald’s All-American and the 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Player of the Year as a senior at St. Francis High School in Alpharetta, Ga.
Hunter signed a two-way contract with Memphis this past summer, after having a productive season in 2016-17, averaging 21.8 points, and 11.3 rebounds per game in 32 games for the Reno Bighorns in the G League. He was also named a Western Conference G League All-Star. The 2014 Conference USA Freshman of the Year & 2015 First-Team All-Conference USA selection averaged 13.6 points and 7.9 rebounds over two seasons at UTEP; Hunter is a springy combo forward who could transition to wing.
Walton averaged 10.0 points, 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 20.5 minutes while shooting 46.9 percent (15-of-32) from the field, 50 percent (6-of-12) from three-point range and 66.7 percent (4-of-6) from the foul line in Summer League play. His 50 percent shooting from downtown tied for the third-highest during the Orlando Summer League with a minimum of 10 attempts.
Split rookie season between Utah Jazz and affiliate Salt Lake City Stars, averaging 16.5 points and 13.3 rebounds in 26 NBA G League games. 2016 Big Sky Player of the Year during senior season at Weber State. Bouncy 6-foot-9 forward who's been a prolific rebounder and was two-time Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year.
The 6-5, 196 lb. guard was a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves' 2017 Summer League team. A product of the University of Dayton, Cooke led the Flyers in both scoring (15.8) and rebounding (5.1) during his senior season, while being named to the Second Team All-Atlantic 10 and the Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team.
Kornet, 7-1, 250 lbs., averaged 8.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over 24.1 minutes in 128 games during his four-year career at Vanderbilt University. He holds the NCAA record for 3-pointers made by a 7-footer with 150, and is the Commodores’ all-time leading shot blocker with 210.
Artis played in 135 career games (98 starts) during four years at the University of Pittsburgh, averaging 12.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 27.6 minutes per game, while shooting 37.8 percent from 3-point range. He finished his career as one of only three players in Pitt history to record at least 1,600 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists.
James MichaelForward, 87ers
Played in 108 games and won two titles as a member of the Golden State Warriors for three seasons, making three starts. Won the 2015 NBA G League title with the Santa Cruz Warriors, averaging 19.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals. Former McDonald's All-American Game MVP.
James, an athletic guard at 6-1, 190 pounds, averaged 13.1 points, 3.0 assists and 0.9 steals in 25 Euroleague games with Panathinaikos in 2016-17, helping the team to the Euroleague playoffs; James has had a successful professional career in Europe, playing with clubs in Croatia, Israel, Italy and Spain, in addition to Greece.
Former Notre Dame standout; ranked second in NBA G League in rebounding in 2014-15 (12.4), including single-game league record of 29 on March 13, 2015 and earned rest-of-season Call-Up to Jazz. Last season, Cooley also spent some of his time playing with the German club MHP Risen Ludwigsburg, tallying 13.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in 37 games. He led his club team in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage (.569).
On July 29, 2017, Sampson signed to a two-way contract with Sacramento Kings and per terms of the deal will spend the 2017-18 season splitting time between the Kings and their G League affiliate, the Bighorns. Appeared in 147 NBA games over past two seasons with Sixers and Grizzlies after going undrafted in 2014; bouncy, defensive-minded combo forward. Sampson was named as an NBA G League All-Star 2017 with the Iowa Energy. He averaged 15.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 1.3 ap in 47 games (22 starts) with Iowa.
Two-time NBA G League All-Star who has spent time with Sixers, Timberwolves and Suns; possesses great size for point guard and strong defensive/play-making skills. Brown spent time in the Chinese Basketball Association last season, averaging 24.0 points in 20 games for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls. He also spent time in the G League playing for the Grand Rapids Drive, where in 11 appearances, Brown averaged 23.6 points and 7.7 rebounds for the team.
Freakish athlete who still has untapped potential — in just his seventh year of organized basketball. Highly productive college player at Campbell University who’s continued to develop on both ends. If the outside shot, ball handling improvement continue, stock could rise rapidly. Griffin spent the 2016-17 season with Hapoel Gilboa Galil of the Israeli Basketball Premier League. In 33 games for Gilboa Galil, he averaged 14.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.
Young, a 6-9, 235-lb. forward, went undrafted out of the University of Pittsburgh, where he averaged 19.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Third Team in both 2016 and 2017 and finished his collegiate career ranked seventh in school history in scoring (1,835).