The NBA G League’s 18th season tipped off this weekend, shining light on new beginnings for players and organizations alike.
A couple of new affiliates debuted on new stomping grounds. Two-Way Players made their professional debuts, gaining valuable exposure for the first time. One notable veteran soared to old heights, hoping to prove that a return to the NBA will be on the horizon sooner than later. Meanwhile, a handful of NBA assignees began gaining seasoning in the minor league.
In case you missed it, here’s a look at the highlights of Opening Weekend 2018.
Stockton Kings, Capital City Go-Go Debut
After Cody Demps provided a tour as the Kings debuted in Stockton on Friday, the Go-Go looked to make their mark when the squad hit the floor on Saturday. Capital City debuted with Washington Wizards NBA All-Star Bradley Beal and Two-Way Player Jordan McRae watching from the sidelines.
Though they suffered a loss in Game 1, the home crowd was treated to one of the top performances offered by any prospect all weekend long. On assignment from Washington, Chasson Randle exploded for 37 points on 13 of 24 shooting from the field. The guard flew around the court like a firecracker. When he wasn’t cashing in on catch-and-shoot opportunities from downtown, Randle could be found attacking the rim and and also pestering the Greensoboro Swarm’s backcourt to come up with four steals, as well.
— Capital City Go-Go (@CapitalCityGoGo) November 4, 2018
Two-Way Players Have Strong Debuts
Two-Player J.P. Macura helped lead the Greensboro Swarm to two victories this weekend and had a monster debut that should generate excitement from Hornets fans. At 6-foot-5 and 203 pounds, Macura was matched up with taller and more physical forwards and proved he could defy the odds and pour in the points anyway. He scored 27 points against the Wisconsin Herd on Friday, also grabbing 6 rebounds and running the floor off the defensive glass.
Nets Two-Way Player Alan Williams was a beast on the boards in Long Island’s win over Westchester on Saturday, logging 27 points and 21 rebounds. The big man was quite the active player on both ends, preventing second-chance points by the opponent while putting on a scoring clinic of his own from the interior.
Terrence Jones Is Knocking On the NBA’s Door Again
Following up a 25-point performance on Friday, Jones led the Erie BayHawks to a second straight win with 27 more points on Saturday. In this second game of a back-to-back, the forward proved no rest was needed before he began to dominate again.
With a 10.5 PPG average through five NBA seasons, there’s no doubt Jones can hold his own while enduring a gritty schedule. He’s had success before, and his nimble agility along the perimeter — despite a 6-9, 255-pound frame — is evidence that he knows how to use his physical tools to his advantage. Continued production like this should be an indication that he’s once again ready for an NBA shot.
Never Too Early For A ‘Play of the Year’ Candidate
Some people say you need to learn to walk before you run, and run before you fly. Raptors Two-Way Player Jordan Loyd must be the exception to the rule.
On the way to helping lead the Raptors 905 to an opening weekend victory on Saturday, Loyd sped through the lane, leaping fly to convert on a thunderous slam that shook the rim and garnered roars from the home crowd. He wasted no time in crafting his submission for a ‘Play of the Year’ candidate.