This past weekend, two of the NBA G League’s leading M.V.P. candidates — Two-Way Players Jordan McRae and Chris Boucher — accomplished equally rare and unique feats, respectively. The Wizards / Go-Go guard harnessed an offensive explosion that ascended him to the top of the charts, and the Raptors / 905 big man pleaded his case to be featured in the next “Quick Change” NBA halftime performance. Elsewhere in the minor league, one team honored the life and legacy of a very special figure.
Here’s a look at some of the top highlights from the past few days.
Jordan McRae Sets NBA G League Season Scoring High
With a 19-26 record heading into Monday, the Wizards are currently on the outside looking in of the NBA playoff picture. While they are 2.5 games out of the final spot, it’s still very early and a lot can happen. But with NBA all-star John Wall sidelined for the remainder of the season, they’ll need to shore up the rest of their offensive attack. With that in mind, Two-Way Player Jordan McRae is making quite the case to spend more time with the big league club.
On Friday night, he set the NBA G League season scoring high mark with 54 points, only to follow that up with another 37 points on Saturday. The NBA champion is now the league’s leading scorer with 29.8 points. He wasn’t done after earning Player of the Week honors last week, proving more time in the NBA is well deserved after leading Capital City to a 7-1 record this January.
Three Raptors Earn Two Victories In One Day
On Saturday, Chris Boucher’s 27 points led the Raptors 905 to a 109-103 victory in their matinee matchup with the Swarm. His efforts were complemented by fellow Two-Way Player Jordan Loyd (22 points) and NBA assignee Malachi Richardson (18 points). Each player poured their heart into securing the win, but in the grind of professional basketball, there’s often no rest for the weary. Each has aspirations to receive more time with the big league club in Toronto.
The prowess they displayed in the early day win was enough for the Raptors to call them right back up for the NBA evening matchup. The trio raced across town and subsequently appeared in another win — this time over the Memphis Grizzlies — to cap off a busy day and become the 27th, 28th, and 29th players to pull double-duty, respectively.
Erie BayHawks Honor Martin Luther King Jr. With Special Jerseys
In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Erie BayHawks honored his life and legacy with specially designed and jerseys against the Long Island Nets on Saturday. The unique look featured MLK Jr.’s likeness and shed light on his “I Have a Dream” speech. Following the game, player jerseys were auctioned off, with proceeds benefitting the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center Erie.