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.
Yogi Ferrell, Dallas Mavericks (Long Island Nets Alum)
The Indiana University product has become a reliable source off the bench (and grabbing a few starts) for the Dallas Mavericks, even with rookie Dennis Smith Jr. succeeding as well. In his last four games, Ferrell has pushed the envelope offensively, scoring 15, 22, 11 and 13 points, respectively, in two wins. In Dallas’ 115-111 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Jan. 10, Ferrell was on fire from deep, as he went 7-for-10 from 3-point range, his highest 3-pointer output of the season. Ferrell has one double-double in his hot stretch in the past four games, and is coming off a 13-point, seven-assist game against the Denver Nuggets.
Gerald Green, Houston Rockets (South Bay Lakers Alum)
Green has quickly become one of the best stories around the NBA, as he was not signed to an NBA deal to start the season. But since the Rockets signed him mid-season, he’s been red hot. Green has put up double-digit points in nine of his 10 appearances this season, with the lone one being his first game back (he only played 11 minutes). Green is shooting 41.5 percent from deep, and has dropped 20-plus points on three occasions already. Look for him to be a Comeback Player of the Year candidate this season, as he has virtually come out of nowhere and back to the big stage, fitting in well with the star players in Houston.
C.J. Miles, Toronto Raptors (Canton Charge and Salt Lake City Stars Alum)
Miles has fit in well this season with one of the best teams in basketball. The Raptors have used Miles as a shooter off the bench for the most part of the season, but he’s gained the confidence from coach Dwayne Casey, and has been playing 20-plus minutes in each of his last three games. Miles, who knocked down five triples in Toronto’s last game, a 96-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons, has heated up for double-digit points in three of his last four contests. Miles is going to be a key part of a Toronto team that is looking to avenge a sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, and is looking to compete for a title this June.
Cory Joseph, Indiana Pacers (Austin Spurs Alum)
Cory Joseph made this edition of Alumni Report for his heave of a buzzer-beater at the end of the opening quarter in the Indiana Pacers’ 109-94 victory over the Utah Jazz. Joseph is averaging 9.5 points, 4.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds in his past 10 games.
Khem Birch, Orlando Magic (Lakeland Magic Alum)
Birch has been on an NBA contract with Orlando all season, but has seen his fair share of action with the Magic’s NBA G League affiliate in Lakeland. But after a solid performance at 2018 NBA G League Showcase, Birch was recalled to the NBA Magic and didn’t disappoint. He put up a career-high in points (14), rebounds (10) and blocks (four) in the Magic’s 108-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.