With the opportunity to sign players to Two-Way Players now in the rear-view mirror, NBA teams will officially be scouring the minor league ranks for players who can come in and make much faster impacts and/or keep existing players on their toes during practice. Either way, the standard and respective threshold for talent who can hold their own against the best players in the world is greater than ever.
That said, here are five experienced players who are all deserving of another shot in the NBA.
Jordan Sibert, College Park Skyhawks
When players earn NBA Call-Ups, they are often asked to adapt to a different role than what they were tasked with in the NBA G League. They can go from seeing major minutes and having time to find a comfort zone on offense in the minor league, to jumping right in and providing a spark off the bench up at the next level. Adjusting to a varying role has proven to be no problem for Sibert, someone who can go from taking a back seat on offense to his team’s Two-Way Players, to rising up as the headlining attraction (or vice versa) in a hurry. As NBA teams look for the right fit, there’s something to be said about players with flexibility. Over his last five games, however, Sibert has shown once again exactly why he earned big league time with the Hawks last season. He’s averaged 21.6 points, including a high-mark of 35 on January 12, to go with 2.4 steals per game.
Dusty Hannahs, Memphis Hustle
It should come as no surprise that Hannahs has been filling it up as of late. The winter weather in no way prevents him from heating up on offense. Over his last five contests, this sharpshooter is averaging 26 points while shooting 56% from the field and connecting on 59% of his shots from long range. Hannahs may not be a five-star athlete by any means, but what he does well, he does fantastically. He can match up with some of the better shooters in the world, which means it’d be easy for him to provide a big league team with an injection of life with a very small learning curve.
Devon Hall, Oklahoma City Blue
Hall originally started the season on a Two-Way contract with the Thunder. Every player’s journey is filled with respective ups and downs and proving he deserves another shot is simply the next hurdle presented in front of Hall. But as fate would have it, he’s arguably playing the best basketball of his campaign as of late. As if averaging 22 points (on 56% from the field and 53% from deep), 6.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists over his last five games weren’t enough, it should be noted that Hall’s contributions have propelled the Blue to consecutive victories in their last four games. He’s someone who boasts impressive range, but can still unselfishly find teammates and play pestering defense as a taller guard.
Tahjere McCall, College Park Skyhawks
For any NBA team hoping for a boost in multiple ways, McCall’s recent play suggests he can be trusted to do it all. In his last five games, he’s posted averages of 16.6 points, 8.4 assists and 7.2 rebounds. Such a stretch has been highlighted by one triple-double and another performance in which he was just one assist shy of repeating that same impressive feat. Much like his College Park teammate Sibert, McCall’s role has varied this season. There’s little denying he can shoot and score at an efficient rate when need be, but he’s an especially strong off-the-ball player who can stay active and find other ways to contribute. The runner-up for last season’s NBA G League Defensive Player of the Year award, he is also averaging 2 steals over the aforementioned span.
Levi Randolph, Canton Charge
Randolph is fresh off boasting Two-Way status with the Cavaliers earlier this month, but alas, that just means there’s no doubt he’s deserving of another NBA Call-Up. Averaging 19.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in his last five games, this former NBA G League ball boy’s face should be in the dictionary under “Two-Way” talent. He can shoot and drive, but at the same time, his real hunger on the court comes from applying defensive pressure. He’s a hound who thrives under pressure and doesn’t shy away from matching up against a variety of opposing players, whether they’re taller or faster. Randolph finds ways to compete night in and night out.