This past week was packed with action and announcements across the NBA, and more than a fair share of NBA G League alums found themselves at the center of it all. The NBA trade deadline resulted in quite a few players changing addresses, and with such movement and retooling going on, one particular Grizzly who remained in town scooped up some extra minutes and rewarded his team for their faith with a banner week on the hardwood. Other alums are gearing up to impress new teams for the remainder of the season, while four more have been invited to shoot the lights out in Charlotte.
Here’s a look at which alums popped up in the news this week for different reasons.
Svi Mykhailiuk, Detroit Pistons (South Bay Lakers alum)
The NBA trade deadline passed on Thursday, resulting in a flurry if deals that saw more than a handful of NBA G League alums moving on. Among them was Svi Mykhailiuk, who’s starred on assignment with the South Bay Lakers this season. The rookie recorded an NBA G League season high of 47 points to put an exclamation point on his year of 2018. Now he’s Detroit-bound after being traded in exchange for Reggie Bullock. Mykhailiuk provides the Pistons with a young shooter, but it will also be interesting to see if he joins the Grand Rapids Drive to gain more seasoning.
Seth Curry, Portland Trail Blazers (Santa Cruz Warriors & Erie BayHawks alum); Danny Green, Toronto Raptors (Reno Bighorns, Erie BayHawks, and Austin Toros alum); Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets (Canton Charge alum); Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks (Fort Wayne Mad Ants alum)
A quartet of NBA G League alums will compete in the 2019 MTN DEW 3-Point Contest during NBA All-Star Weekend. It’ll be a homecoming of sorts for Seth Curry, who grew up in Charlotte while father Dell spent ten seasons playing for the Hornets. The city will also welcome back a favorite son in Danny Green, who won an NCAA championship with UNC before piecing together his path to the NBA. Khris Middleton and Joe Harris represent two more past NBA G League players ready to make it rain, and they’ll do so while competing against four 2019 NBA All-Stars: Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker, and Dirk Nowitzki.
Ivan Rabb, Memphis Grizzlies (Memphis Hustle alum)
Having earned NBA G League Player of the Week award honors earlier this season, it’s clear Rabb was putting in the time and working on his post-moves for whenever the Grizzlies would allow him to dance and prance his way to the basket and pours in the points at the next level. Over the last week he’s gotten that chance. Showing off some much improved fancy footwork, Rabb scored a career-high 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds in his team’s win over the Timberwolves this past Tuesday. Such success has simply been par for the course as of late, as the youngster who just celebrated his 22nd birthday this week is averaging 12.8 points and 7.4 rebounds in his last five games.