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NBA G League Alumni Report: Devonte’ Graham, Christian Wood Having Breakout Campaigns

By Keith Schlosser | December 9, 2019

This week’s Alumni Report features a variety of players who are all making clear cut contributions at the NBA level. Some are having breakout campaigns, whereas others have patiently waited for their chance to leave their own individual stamp on their team’s respective winning product. Whatever the case may be, all of the forthcoming players have come to understand how to add value in their respective situations thanks to preparation in the NBA G League.

Devonte’ Graham, Charlotte Hornets (Greensboro Swarm alum) 

Graham’s continued strong efforts should undoubtedly earn him early Most Improved Player award consideration. After playing thirteen games on assignment for the Greensboro Swarm last season (much to rave reviews, albeit it on the minor league), the floor general has more than seen his success translate to the next level. Graham tied a Hornets team record with 10 three-point field goals on December 4. He’s became a fiery offensive weapon who warrants attention from the defense, allowing him to keep his eyes peeled for the subsequent open man. Over his last four contests, the 24 year old is averaging 22.3 points and 9.5 assists.

Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets (Grand Rapids Drive / Windy City Bulls alum) 

Dinwiddie has been thrust into a starting role in place of the injured Kyrie Irving, and it’s safe to say he’s become quite the headliner for the Brooklyn Nets. His career has skyrocketed since appearing for the Drive and Windy City Bulls from 2014-16, now going forth to hit game-winning shots and sparking a recent 8-2 stretch by Brooklyn. In his last five games, Dinwiddie has averaged 24.4 points and 8 assists to propel his team’s latest success.

Christian Wood, Detroit Pistons (Delaware Blue Coats, Greensboro Swarm, and Wisconsin Herd alum)

Wood can be considered a true basketball journeyman, having represented eight teams at the NBA and NBA G League levels thus far already. That said, it would appear as though he’s hitting his stride and subsequently finding a place to call home in Detroit. On December 1, the 2018 All NBA G League Second Team member tallied a career-best 28 points to go along with 10 rebounds in a win for the Pistons. The big man has given his team a boost during this latest 3-1 stretch, efficiently averaging 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 18.4 minutes.

David Nwaba, Brooklyn Nets (South Bay Lakers alum)

After a quiet start to the season, Nwaba has heated up as of late while receiving an elevated role in Brooklyn. The former NBA G League open tryout participant is providing value in the form of a consistent 3 and D threat. Through five games with increased playing time, the sharpshooter has averaged 8.8 points on 40% from downtown. His recent production pays homage to the old adage that NBA G League alums knows all too well: you have to be ready when your number is called, regardless of when or how frequently it is.

Alex Caruso, Los Angeles Lakers (South Bay Lakers and OKC Blue alum)

Caruso continues to make valuable contributions to a Lakers team that is leading all of the NBA with a 21-3 record. In his most recent outing, the high-flying floor general scored a season-high 16 points and tied a season-high 4 assists during a December 8 victory over Minnesota. The 2018 All NBA G League Second Team member is a high energy guard who allows his hunger on the defensive end to spark subsequent scoring opportunities. In his last five games, he’s averaged 9 points on 59% from the field.

 

 

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