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NBA Call-Up Candidates: Donta Hall, Lamar Peters Among Those Jumping On NBA Radars

By Keith Schlosser | January 7, 2020

With NBA teams able to offer prospects 10-Day contracts and January 15th being the last day to sign players to Two-Way contracts, it’s officially the busiest time for NBA Call-Ups of the entire season. Such a window comes at an opportune time, as all NBA teams had representation at the NBA G League Winter Showcase and got to see first-hand the kind of talent that happens to be available.

Time will tell who follows in the footsteps of the likes of Justin Anderson, Paul Watson, and Levi Randolph (all of whom received promotions of their own this week). That said, here’s a look at five athletes whose recent play has been enough to suggest they too deserve consideration.

Christ Koumadje, Delaware Blue Coats

Koumadje is the league-leading shot blocker with 3.9 swats per game, but that’s not his only special accomplishment to date. Averaging 10.5 rebounds on the year, he’s also the only athlete in all of the NBA G League to rank in the top five of both categories. He’s currently riding a wave of four double-doubles — the most recent of which actually being a triple-double with an eye-popping 12 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 blocks in a win over the Long Island Nets on January 4. At 7’3″ and 269 pounds, Koumadje is not only looking the part of an imposing big man; he’s also playing the part with very impressive numbers and progress to back it up.

Lamar Peters, Westchester Knicks

Peters shined brightly in Las Vegas to end his calendar year of 2019. It was strong enough to earn him a spot on the All NBA G League Winter Showcase Second Team. He’s only continued to carry that special momentum with him into 2020. Still just 21 years old, this floor general is getting better and better; maturing and gaining perspective with each passing game and there’s no doubt he should garner consideration for a chance in the NBA. In his last four games, Peters has averaged 22 points and 8 assists, all while converting on 21 of 45 three point field goals — good for 47%. He’s the kind of versatile offensive weapon who can seemingly do it all.

Brandon Fields, Texas Legends

At 31 years old, Fields is an NBA G League veteran. While this isn’t his first rodeo, it appears as though it just may be his best one yet. He’s been on an absolute tear after returning home from Las Vegas, averaging 21.2 points and 11.2 assists in his last five appearances (headlined by 20 assists on January 4). For perspective, Fields failed to eclipse 20 points or 8 assists in any game prior to finally hitting his stride. That said, the momentum is clearly in his favor at this point. Perhaps adding his veteran presence could pay dividends for a young team looking for a boost in the weeks to come.

Donta Hall, Grand Rapids Drive

Hall made headlines earlier this season (December 8, to be exact) when his high-flying dunk landed him the No.1 spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10 countdown. He certainly created quite a splash, and although things calmed down a bit thereafter, the big man has come roaring back as of late. Much like Koumadje, Hall is also streaking with four consecutive double-doubles. He’s looked even stronger dating back to his last five games, however, averaging 19 points on a scorching 63% from the field to go with 12 rebounds per contest. Hall’s an explosive athlete who exhibits hunger on both ends of the floor to pour in the points or swarm the defensive glass. He’d surely provide an injection of life to a team craving energy off the bench.

Milton Doyle, Windy City Bulls

Doyle is someone who got a taste of the NBA while appearing in 10 games for the Nets during the 2017-18 season. Perhaps he needed more time to prepare for his big moment after some initial seasoning. That said, 2020 just may be the year for the 26-year old to hear his number called again. Donning a Windy City uniform each and every night surely provides the Chicago native, turned Loyola Chicago collegiate product, with a hometown feel and he’s reaping the benefits of such comfort. The proof is in the pudding of his play. Doyle’s the kind of guard who can push the pace, take control of an offense, and subsequently leave his fingerprints all over a given box score. In his last five games, the hometown hero is averaging 22.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 6.4 assists.

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