Each year brings a new group of NBA G Leaguers who become regular NBA players, making a significant contribution to their team. They become the gold standard that the other guys down below can look up to. Here’s a look at some former NBA G League stars who are making their presence felt at the next level.
Clint Capela, Houston Rockets (Rio Grande Valley Vipers alum)
Clint Capela has become a steady and reliable option for the red-hot Houston Rockets this season. Capela, who is in his fourth season with the Rockets, was a vital part of the Rockets’ 14-game winning streak which ended on Wednesday (in a game he didn’t play). The Vipers alum had one of his best games to date in the Rockets’ win against the Jazz, dropping 24 points on 10-for-12 shooting, with 19 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Capela is currently averaging 14 points, 11.3 rebounds and several huge dunks per game for the Rockets so far this season.
Jordan Mickey, Miami Heat (Maine Red Claws alum)
After waiting on the bench during the beginning of the season, Jordan Mickey has gotten his opportunity with the Miami Heat in the past couple weeks. Mickey, who spent two seasons in the Boston Celtics organization, is coming off a near double-double in his return to the TD Garden. He finished with eight points (on 4-for-8 shooting) and eight boards, to go with a pair of assists. Mickey has been very efficient with his time on the floor, nearing double-doubles in three of his past four games. In the past four contests, he’s averaged 8.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in 22.5 minutes on the floor.
Justin Holiday, Chicago Bulls (Salt Lake City Stars and Santa Cruz Warriors alum)
Here’s another NBA G League alum who played an important role during a winning streak at the NBA level. The Chicago Bulls put together a seven-game winning streak before falling to the Cavaliers on Thursday. In the seven-game streak, Holiday averaged 11.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and three assists. Holiday, who dropped 20 points in the Bulls’ 117-115 victory over the 76ers on Dec. 18, scored double-digit points on three occasions during the stretch. He also set a new career high in assists, with seven dimes in the win against the Bucks on Dec. 15.
Willie Reed, L.A. Clippers (Grand Rapids Drive and Iowa Wolves alum)
Willie Reed, like Mickey, has gotten his opportunity in the past week with the Clippers. He is coming off 8- and 10-point outings, but more importantly, he showcased his power and skill with a gigantic put-back slam off of a missed free throw against the Phoenix Suns.
Kyle Anderson, San Antonio Spurs (Austin Spurs alum)
In his first two games back from injury, Kyle Anderson has already beat two third quarter buzzers, showing off highlight-reel plays. In the Spurs 93-91 win over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday, Anderson pulled up from 3-point land to beat the buzzer and drain the bucket. Then, the following night, he did the same thing against the Jazz, except this time coming on a driving layup. Anderson scored five and six points in his two games back, and added six rebounds, three assists and a block against Portland.