NBA teams are able to offer 10-day contracts beginning January 5, which means the lifelong dream of NBA G League players everywhere will be reignited like never before. New opportunities will be abound as NBA teams use this time to evaluate their rosters and minor league prospects crave the chance to prove they can fill some of the bigger needs at the next level.
With that in mind, here’s a look at five memorable performances from prospects turned NBA athletes who have strutted their stuff on 10-day contracts before.
As a member of the Idaho Stampede during 2009-10 NBA G League season, Gaines was truly living the nomad lifestyle with high hopes of reaching the next level. When the Utah Jazz came calling in January, the guard lived out a Cinderella story that he himself could have never predicted. He played 21 minutes in his NBA debut and just five games into his 10-day contract, Gaines found himself in a heated battle with a young LeBron James and the Cavaliers. The two went toe-to-toe but when push came to shove, it was Gaines who hitting the winning three-pointer, giving himself 9 points in 9 minutes, and helping the Jazz leave with a 97-96 victory.
After beginning the 2016-17 season with Brooklyn, Ferrell caught on with the Mavericks via a 10-day contract in January. He was thrust right into the fire, receiving 36 minutes (tallying 9 points and 7 assists) in his first game. Three games later, he exploded onto the scene with 32 points, including an NBA rookie record-tying nine three-pointers. He become just the third undrafted rookie to score 30+ plus points in his first fifteen games, solidifying him as a commodity Dallas just had to scoop him — he was signed for the rest of the season not long after.
Quinn Cook’s rise ascended to new heights last season when he filled in for an injured Stephen Curry during some crucial moments of Golden State’s eventual championship run. While the 2016 NBA G League Rookie of the Year had to remain patient before ultimately making a big splash in the NBA, one could argue that his early days with the Mavericks provided a glimpse of what was to come. While on a ten-day contract in March 2017, he poured in 10 points and 3 assists through just 17 minutes of play in a win over the Lakers.
Galloway began his professional career with the Westchester Knicks, giving him ample opportunity to become accustomed to many of the offensive and defensive practices that are not only utilized in Westchester, but the big league club in New York as well. So when the big league Knicks called him up in January 2015, the guard proved to be a quick study on the new job. He scored 19 points in just his second NBA game while on a 10-day contract, igniting the home crowd with an emphatic dunk and helping the club earn a victory.
Currently in his fifth NBA season, Frazier has evolved into a well-liked teammate thanks to unselfishness on the court and humor off of it. A former NBA G League MVP, his maturity and ability orchestrate was evident as early as his first day in the NBA. Frazier had quite a memorable debut after signing a 10-day contract with the 76ers in February 2015. He dished out an impressive 11 assists to go along with 5 points and 2 steals.