Alumni Report: Top Performers From The NBA Playoffs

By Alex Busch | June 14, 2018

Each year brings a new group of NBA G Leaguers who become regular NBA players and make significant contributions to their team. They become the gold standard that the other guys down below can look up to.

Six different NBA G League alums — Jordan Bell, Quinn Cook, Damian Jones, Shaun Livingston, Kevon Looney and Patrick McCaw — can call themselves 2018 NBA champions after helping the Golden State Warriors claim their third title in the past four years.

Here’s a look at some former NBA G League stars who performed at a high level during the NBA Playoffs.

Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics (Maine Red Claws alum)

“Scary Terry” was one of the biggest stories in the NBA Playoffs this season, as he took over and helped lead an injured and young Celtics team to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Red Claws alum averaged 16.5 points, 5.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds in 19 playoff games, including a career playoff-high 29 points in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Clint Capela, Houston Rockets (Rio Grande Valley Vipers alum)

For a Houston Rockets team that was one game away from the NBA Finals, Capela shined bright on the big stage this postseason. The Vipers alum averaged 12.7 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 17 playoff games. Capela also made history during Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals, when he blocked five shots in the fourth quarter alone.

Shaun Livingston, Golden State Warriors (Tulsa 66ers alum)

Livingston played in the NBA G League with the then-Tulsa 66ers (now Oklahoma City Blue) in 2008 after his knee injury. Now, 10 years later, he’s a three-time NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors. Livingston was a solid spark plug for the Warriors throughout the playoffs, but he took that to another level during the NBA Finals. He opened the Finals without missing a single shot (9-for-9) in the first two games, and finished a combined 13-for-14 in Games 1-3.

Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz (Idaho Stampede alum)

Gobert, who battled against fellow NBA G League alum Capela in the second round, helped bring the Utah Jazz to the Western Conference Semifinals. The Idaho Stampede alum averaged 13.2 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 11 playoff games.

Quinn Cook, Golden State Warriors (Santa Cruz Warriors alum)

With two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry injured to start the NBA Playoffs, Cook was a big catalyst for the Warriors in the first two rounds. Cook scored double-digit points on four occasions and saw action in 15 playoff games en route to his first NBA title.

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