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10 Notable Players Selected In The 2018 NBA G League Draft

By Jake Winderman | October 22, 2018

The 2018 NBA G League Draft has officially come to an end with 75 players selected in four rounds worth of draft picks. The Salt Lake City Stars selected Willie Reed with the No. 1 overall pick of the draft, while former NBA big man DeJuan Blair went with the final selection.

MORE: Full Draft Results & Recap

Of the 75 players drafted, four have previous NBA experience including DeJuan Blair, Chinanu Onuaku, Willie Reed and Hakim Warrick. Eleven players with NBA G League experience were taken: John Bohannon, Jaleel Cousins, Jordan Downing, Tyree Murray, Michael Qualls, LaQuinton Ross, Durand Scott, Anthony Walker, DeJuan Blair, Chinanu Onuaku and Willie Reed.

Six international players from six countries were drafted in Alen Smailagic (Serbia), Darel Poirier (France), Manu Lecomte (Belgium), Jabari Craig (Canada), Kanellos Garbis (Greece) and Schnider Herard (Haiti). Nine of the 27 first-round picks participated in the NBA G League Player Invitational including Tyler Nelson, Aaron Epps, Darel Poirier, Terry Maston, Justin Reyes, Manu Lecomte, Daxter Miles Jr., Jemerrio Jones and Micah Seaborn.

Below are 10 notable selections from Saturday’s NBA G League Draft. Click here for full results from the draft.

1. Willie Reed (Round 1/Pick 1, Salt Lake City)

Reed headlined all selections after the Salt Lake City Stars took him No. 1 overall. Reed has plenty of NBA experience, playing 152 career games in the association in three total seasons with the Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons. Reed is no stranger to the G League either, earning All-NBA G League First Team and NBA G League All-Defensive First Team honors following the 2014-2015 season.

2. Chinanu Onuaku (Round 1/Pick 2, Greensboro)

Onuaku followed Reed’s selection, going No. 2 overall to the Greensboro Swarm. Onuaku played six career NBA games in two seasons with the Houston Rockets and 83 career NBA G League contests with Houston’s G League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Onuaku averaged 10.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game during the 2017-18 NBA G League season with RGV.

3. Hakim Warrick (Round 1/Pick 9, Delaware)

Warrick has the most NBA experience of any player selected in the 2018 NBA G League Draft. The Syracuse product has played 526 career NBA games between 2006 and 2013. In eight seasons in the Association, Warrick averaged 9.4 points and 4.0 rebounds, starting 108 total games. The 36-year-old has spent the past 5 seasons playing professionally overseas in China, Turkey, Australia, Greece, Puerto Rico, Lebanon and Israel.

4. Jemerrio Jones (Round 1/Pick 18, Santa Cruz)

Jones entered the 2018 NBA G League Draft after going undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft. Jones participated in the 2018 NBA G League Player Invitational and spent his college days at Hill College and New Mexico State. Jones was named 2018 WAC Player of the Year, earning All-WAC First Team honors as well. The Aggies-product posted 11.0 points, 13.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game during the 2017-18 season with NMSU.

5. Manu Lecomte (Round 1/Pick 20, Agua Caliente)

Lecomte comes to the NBA G League Draft by way of Baylor, where he spent the past four seasons. Lecomte is from Belgium and started his NCAA career at the University of Miami. Lecomte was named to the 2018 All-Big 12 Second Team and was the 2017 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year after transferring to Waco. Lecomte participated in EuroBasket 2017 with Belgium and ranked 1st in the Big 12 in free throw percentage (89%) and 7th in assists per game (3.7 APG) during the 2017-18 NCAA season.

6. Rob Gray (Round 2/Pick 3, Fort Wayne)

Gray went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft and played with the Houston Rockets during 2018 Las Vegas Summer League. Gray finished his career at the University of Houston strong, earning All-AAC First Team honors following the 2016-17 and 2017-18 NCAA seasons. Gray averaged 19.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game during his final season with Houston and is the American Athletic Conference’s all-time leader in shots made (601), points scored (1,710), usage percentage (31.4%) and points produced (1,598).

7. Parker Jackson-Cartwright (Round 2/Pick 25, Raptors 905)

Jackson-Cartwright played four collegiate seasons at the University of Arizona alongside current two-way players Allonzo Trier and Rawle Alkins. During his senior season, Jackson-Cartwright notched career-highs in points (7.8 PPG), assists (4.5 APG) and steals (1.4 SPG). He also ranked seventh in the Pac-12 in assists per game and steals per game during the 2017-18 NCAA season. Jackson-Cartwright shot over 42 percent from beyond the arc in each of his final two seasons at Arizona.

8. Nick Dixon (Round 3/Pick 26, Austin)

Dixon spent three years at Texas-Rio Grande Valley, posting 20.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game during his junior season. Dixon was named to the All-WAC First Team, along with fellow 2018 NBA G League Draft selectee Jemerrio Jones and Pistons two-way player Zach Lofton. Dixon ranked first in the WAC in field goal percentage (52.1%) during the 2016-17 season and averaged the most points per game (20.3 PPG) in the conference during the 2017-18 season. Dixon ended his career at UTRGV with the 3rd-highest PER (25.4) in conference history.

9. Michael Qualls (Round 4/Pick 5, Wisconsin)

Qualls spent the past season in the NBA G League, playing 18 games with the Salt Lake City Stars and five games with the Texas Legends. In total, Qualls averaged 8.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game during the 2017-18 G League season. While at Arkansas, Qualls was named to the 2015 All-SEC Second Team. Qualls has spent time overseas, playing professionally with Hapoel Gilboa Galil in Israel between 2016 and 2017 and Pallacanestro Cantu in Italy in 2017.

10. DeJuan Blair (Round 4/Pick 26, Austin)

Blair was the final pick of the 2018 NBA G League Draft and has the second-most NBA experience of any player selected. The Pittsburgh-product played 424 games in the Association between 2009 and 2016 with the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and Washington Wizards. In 2010, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team and was the NBA Rookie Challenge Co-MVP. Blair also brings NBA G League experience to the table, having spent 19 games combined with the South Bay Lakers and Texas Legends during the 2016-17 NBA G League season. Blair’s career averages in the G League include 11.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game on 49.2 percent shooting from the field.

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