MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — As followers of the NBA G League know, Antonio Blakeney is capable of putting up a great scoring performance any time he steps onto a court. He did just that on Thursday night in his Windy City Bulls’ second game of the weekend, on day two of the 2018 NBA G League Showcase.
In 42 minutes vs. the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Chicago Bulls two-way player put up 42 points on 19-for-30 shooting from the field, to go along with eight rebounds and eight assists.
“I got in my groove a little bit and after that I was in the zone,” said the LSU product said in simple terms.
Blakeney is no stranger to scoring, pouring in a total of 65 points in two games during the Showcase. Thursday’s performance was his fifth 40-point performance of the season. However, Blakeney saw this event as an opportunity to both catch up with old buddies, while showing everyone what he can do on the court.
“I get to watch some of my friends and catch up with guys,” Blakeney said. “It’s good every time guys can see you. It’s a business and every time decision makers can see you, it’s good.”
Blakeney has averaged a G League-leading 35 points per game and has no doubt been a force for the Windy City Bulls each and every game. But Blakeney has also made his mark at the big league level, playing in 11 games with the Chicago Bulls.
He’s had solid performances including a career-high 16 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Nov. 15 and a 15-point performance in a nationally televised game vs. the Lakers, which included a massive posterizing dunk.
Having this unique opportunity as a two-way player, Blakeney has taken the opportunity to absorb wisdom and learn from those who have been through the vigors of the Association.
“[The guys have told me] just keep doing what I’m doing and just be patient,” he said. “It’s the process for young players.”
Blakeney has no doubt put up amazing numbers in the G League this season, but he knows that what he has to do day in and day out.
“Just come down, keep my head up and develop,” Blakeney said.