BENDER’S BLOCK PARTY: Milwaukee Bucks assignee Dragan Bender was named NBA G League Player of the Week for games played Monday, Dec. 30 through Sunday, January 5. The 7-0 forward averaged 26.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in two games for the Wisconsin Herd. Bender was recalled by the Bucks. The Herd visits the Fort Wayne Mad Ants tonight at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
THE SXF FILES: Sioux Falls Skyforce guard Mychal Mulder tallied 34 points on 81.3 percent shooting to lead Sioux Falls to an impressive 129-115 victory over the Stockton Kings on Sunday, Jan. 5. Mulder and the Skyforce will seek their third straight win when they visit the Capital City Go-Go on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. ET on the NBA G League website.
SUNS SIZZLE: The Northern Arizona Suns have won three straight games to improve to 5-16 on the season. The Suns were propelled by the consistent play of Tariq Owens, who averaged a double-double (14 ppg, 10 rpg) during the streak. The Suns will try to extend their streak on Thursday, Jan. 7 when they visit the Austin Spurs at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
Westchester Knicks guard Lamar Peters scored 31 points and connected on a franchise-record 10 three-pointers in a 123-116 win over the Windy City Bulls. The former Mississippi State Bulldog also added eight assists.
Milwaukee Bucks two-way player Frank Mason III recorded 28 points and five assists for the Wisconsin Herd in a 140-128 victory over the Long Island Nets. Mason is averaging 25.0 points and 5.0 assists on the season.
San Antonio Spurs assignee Keldon Johnson scored 24 points, including the game-winning basket, for the Austin Spurs in a 119-117 overtime win over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Jan. 5. Rio Grande Valley was paced by Houston Rockets assignee Chris Clemons with 40 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Orlando Magic two-way player BJ Johnson posted 35 points and eight rebounds for the Lakeland Magic in a 129-113 win over the Canton Charge on Jan. 2. The 6-7 forward is averaging 23.6 points this season.
Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher is making a big impact this season. With the Raptors missing key players such as Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka and fellow NBA G League Alum Pascal Siakam for extended stretches this season, Boucher’s presence around the rim has helped the team remain near the top of the Eastern Conference standings. He leads the team in offensive rebounds (67) and ranks second in blocks (28) despite coming off the bench in all 33 of his appearances. Boucher, the 2018-19 NBA G League MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, played 28 games with Raptors 905 last season.