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NBA G League Alumni Report: Siakam and Craig Helping Raptors, Nuggets Soar

By Keith Schlosser | January 18, 2019

This week’s NBA G League Alumni Report features players who have recently achieved new heights in the month of January. There are two who have boasted career best marks as of late. Another minor-leaguer turned NBA veteran put up season-best numbers just a few days ago. A former Two-Way Player has flourished into a starting role with an NBA playoff contender, and another alum has seen his numbers rise following a historic performance.

Here’s a look at which NBA G League alums have been excelling at the next level.

Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors (Raptors 905 alum)

In 2017, Siakam was a Raptors’ assignee helping the 905 win an NBA G League title. Less than two years later, he’s helping the big league club put a championship of their own in respective sights. Since the last time he graced the Alumni Report, the 24-year-old set a new career-high with 30 points. On Thursday, he lifted Toronto to victory over the Suns with a sweet lefty game-winner. The Raptors are 34-13, largely in part thanks to Siakam’s 14.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest. His 57% ranks among league-leaders as well.

JaMychal Green, Memphis Grizzlies (Austin Spurs alum)

Green has become a mainstay in Memphis for much of the last five seasons, but before he earned the trust of an NBA club, he appeared in 60 minor-league contests for the Austin Spurs. As a young gun, the big man put in the time and did all he could to hone his craft. Now, the Grizzlies have continued to reap the benefits of rewarding him in 2015 and neither side has looked back. At 28 years old, Green is having a career year, averaging a high 10.8 points and shooting a career-best 39.7% from downtown. Just last Saturday, he matched season-best marks of 24 points and 11 rebounds against Miami.

Torrey Craig, Denver Nuggets (Sioux Falls Skyforce)

Six new players signed Two-Way Contracts this past week, and as each one ponders a long-term NBA future, they can only hope to make the kind of impression Craig made on the Nuggets. As a Two-Way Player last season, Craig excelled with the Skyforce and has now flourished into an everyday contributor for Denver. This month, the 28-year-old is averaging 7.9 points (including five double-digit efforts) and 5.3 rebounds in 27.2 minutes. He’s started 33 of 39 contests this season.

Luke Kornet, New York Knicks (Westchester Knicks alum)

The Knicks have recently unmasked a new starting center and he’s emerged in the form of an NBA G League alum. Having played out a Two-Way Contract with New York and Westchester last season, Kornet is now completely familiar with how to find consistent success in the big league club’s offense. In January, the 23 year old has averaged 11.3 points while shooting 44% from the field and 41% from the deep. He’s a versatile big who can stretch the floor, but that doesn’t mean he slacks off on defense by any means. Hitting the international floor in London, Kornet came up with 5 steals against the Wizards. Such an impressive feat merely followed a career-high tying 23 points against Joel Embiid and the 76ers in his previous game.

Thomas Bryant, Washington Wizards (South Bay Lakers and Capital City Go-Go alum)

After capping off his 2018 with a historic 14 for 14 shooting night on December 22, Bryant has continued rolling into the new year with gusto. At just 21 years old, he’s assumed starting duties for the Wizards and has asserted himself as a reliable player in the paint. A rather rugged big man of sorts, Bryant has averaged 11.8 points on 62% shooting with 8.6 rebounds in his last five games. He’s someone who provides Washington with a double-double threat and keeps second chance points alive.

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