LAS VEGAS, Nevada, Dec. 22, 2018 – Ten standouts from the 15th annual NBA G League Winter Showcase were announced Saturday following the four-day event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The event featured each of the league’s 27 teams playing two regular-season games apiece.
All-NBA G League Showcase 2018 First Team
Tyler Harvey (Memphis)
Harvey put together a nice Winter Showcase in two wins for the Memphis Hustle. The Eastern Washington product averaged 26.0 points and 8.0 assists in two victories, including hitting six triples in the Hustle’s Showcase finale against the Herd on Thursday.
Often times, playing in the NBA G League and finding success at the next level comes down to how quickly one can find their niche. After connecting on six daggers from deep, Harvey’s potential value in the NBA is clear. He can make it rain and constantly serves as a threat to keep the defense honest and help his squad space the floor. He knows full well what his bread and butter is.
Jordan Loyd (Raptors 905)
With NBA G League scoring leader Chris Boucher playing with Toronto at the NBA level this week, Loyd was the go-to scorer for the Raptors 905 at Showcase. The University of Indianapolis product put up two-straight 30-plus point performances, averaging 31.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 4.5 steals in two contests.
Playing such a talented offensive star, Loyd has had to find other ways besides scoring the ball to shine. He has good instincts and can defend multiple positions, and knows how to keep his eyes peeled for teammates cutting to the basket. Needless to say, he’s an unselfish player who leaves it all out there on both ends of the floor.
Christian Wood (Wisconsin Herd)
Milwaukee Bucks assignee Christian Wood has been on the Showcase stage before, but this time he was competing with the Wisconsin Herd on assignment from the Bucks. As a First Team All-Showcase honoree last season, Wood kept the streak alive, as he put up 34.5 points, 13.5 boards and 4.5 blocks in two games for the Herd.
There have been many games this season where Wood has looked like he can do it all and this week was no different. The Bucks assignee displayed a perfect complement of offensive skills — when he wasn’t hitting the mid-range jumper, the big man could be found attacking the rim, drawing fouls and staying active on the offensive glass. Afforded the opportunity to play big time minutes with the Herd, Wood clearly embraces the chance to be a leading man.
Isaac Humphries (Erie BayHawks)
Without Two-Way Players Alex Poythress and Jaylen Adams or NBA veteran Terrence Jones, the remainder of the BayHawks roster had their chance to step up during Showcase. That happened for the BayHawks, beginning with big man Isaac Humphries. In the first contest, Humphries went off for a career-high 34 points, to go with 15 boards and five blocks. In two wins for Erie at this edition of Showcase, Humphries averaged 25.5 points, 14.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks.
The former Kentucky product picked the perfect time to shine. He went to work right away, asserting his physicality inside and picked his spots along the perimeter to cash in from wherever he wanted offensively. He was a monster on the glass, keeping second chance opportunities alive for his squad all week long even amid some tough competition.
Jarnell Stokes (Sioux Falls Skyforce)
Stokes was a consistent leader for the Skyforce this week at Showcase. He averaged 23.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in a pair of wins for Sioux Falls.
Acquired as a recent returning player, Stokes’ 2018 Winter Showcase debut was just his fifth game of the season, but he looked as though he was in midseason form during his team’s victories. The 2016 NBA G League MVP has long been recognized as someone who can pour in the points. Stokes was active with his hands to spark changes in possession and used his length to pester opponents who tried to cash in on easy buckets inside.
All-NBA G League Showcase 2018 Second Team
Kalin Lucas (Stockton Kings)
Walt Lemon Jr. (Windy City Bulls)
Alan Williams (Long Island Nets)
Johnathan Motley (Agua Caliente Clippers)
CJ Fair (Windy City Bulls)