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NBA Call-Up Candidates: Vets Terrence Jones and Briante Weber Angling For NBA Returns

By Keith Schlosser | January 22, 2019

With the guarantee deadline for Two-Way Contracts in the rear view mirror, NBA teams will now look to capitalize on open roster spots with 10-day contracts for additional boosts as the season continues. As squads search for answers, they can look no further than the NBA G League for potential solutions.

NBA veterans like Terrence Jones and Briante Weber are hoping for another look, but they aren’t the only ones. Other players are embracing their strengths and emerging as league leaders, all with ambitions of getting the chance to showcase their skills at the next level.

Here’s a look at five prospects who are gunning for big league gigs with strong play as of late.

Terrence Jones, Erie BayHawks: After dealing with an injury that cost him the chance to shine at the Winter Showcase, Jones is back and hungry as ever for an NBA return now that 10-day contracts are available for the taking. In three games since coming back, the five-year NBA vet has averaged 17.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 4.0 assists all in just 23 minutes per contest. Such a recent stint has been highlighted by a 28-point outing and flirtation with a triple-double, logging 11 points, 9 assists, and 8 rebounds against the Bulls.

Though he’s known for pouring in the points, Jones recently told NBAGLeague.com that he’s looking to get others involved as he appeals to NBA teams once again. “My playmaking skills have improved,” he said. “I can read the defense. Coming out of the pick-and-roll, I can make the pass to a big. I’m finding guys open and am really proud of that. Making plays for others has been rewarding and something that I’ve been happy about.”

Briante Weber, Sioux Falls Skyforce: Like Jones, Weber has past experience in the Association and thus, has an idea of what it will take to succeed at the next level. He’s unselfish on offense and is willing to sacrifice his body, darting at ball-handlers and diving for loose balls. Coming up with 3.0 steals per game, Weber has long been the NBA G League’s leader in such a category this season. He’s surrounded by plenty of offensive firepower in Sioux Falls, but Weber can still take charge and explode for points in the paint. He scored a season-high 28 points in his team’s recent win over the Wolves.

Richard Solomon, OKC Blue: After helping USA Basketball qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup earlier this season, Solomon has carried that momentum with him to emerge as a double-double threat for OKC. In the last five games, the forward has averaged 17 points on 59% shooting with 9 rebounds. He has a bevy of strong post moves, rebounds well, and knows how to draw fouls upon attempting to evade defenders inside. For NBA teams looking for an inside scoring threat, Solomon could provide a boost off the bench.

Amida Brimah, Austin Spurs: Averaging 3.1 blocks per game, Brimah is trailing just Raptors Two-Way Player Chris Boucher for the NBA G League’s leading spot. This past Saturday, he logged an impressive double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds to go with an eye-popping season-high tying 7 blocks. Someone who thrives while doing the dirty work, Brimah undoubtedly has a winning pedigree. He graced the 2018 NBA G League All-Defensive Team and won a minor league title with Austin, but that wasn’t the first time he won the grand prize. The big man was a 2014 national champion with UConn.

Jaylen Barford, Greensboro Swarm: For much of this season, Barford has been providing a spark off the bench for the Swarm. Ironically enough, playing such a role may serve as a perfect audition of sorts for NBA teams looking for similar assistance. One could argue that he wouldn’t need much time to adjust, given that he’s already thriving. Barford is the kind of player who heats up in a hurry and embraces having the ball in his hands as soon as he takes the court. In his last five contests, the guard has averaged an efficient 22.4 points in merely 27.4 minutes.

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