With the winter forecast calling for snow in many areas this past weekend, the NBA G League got into the action with its own flurry of action. The Herd and Red Claws teamed up in a back-and-forth battle for the ages. Jawun Evans wasted no time before rewarding the Phoenix Suns for recognizing his talent. One of Sioux Falls’ favorite sons returned to the NBA G League hardwood, right in time to star in the Winter Showcase.
Here’s a recap of three of the top storylines:
Game of the Year in Wisconsin
Saturday night’s slate of games featured a three-overtime thriller between the Wisconsin Herd and Maine Red Claws. Whenever Maine appeared to have a handle on the game, Bucks’ assignee Christian Wood and the Herd came roaring back. The team’s rally cry of sorts resulted in a fight to the finish, with Wisconsin winning the 119-118.
Leading his troops, Wood was resilient with 34 points and 18 rebounds. Two-Way Player Jaylen Morris hit the game-winning shot, and Travis Trice returned from his USAB stint to dish out 10 assists en route to a triple-double. The stats only tell part of the story. Part of seeing game action in the NBA G League means learning how to perform in the clutch, so an assignee like Wood will now be primed to take his winning ways back to Milwaukee.
Jawun Evans Celebrates His New Contract In Style
Fresh off signing a Two-Way Contract with the Suns, Jawun Evans wasted no time before validating his team’s investment. Less than 24 hours later, the tall guard hit the hardwood and flirted with a quadruple-double. He had a new strut in his step.The young gun tallied 20 points, 8 rebounds, 8 steals (a team record), and 6 rebounds. While Evans poured in the points, it was his defense that propelled his offense, as he cashed in on a number of fast-break buckets.
20 pts | 8 asts | 8 stls | 6 rebs | 2 blk pic.twitter.com/1c85SdJ0Oe
— NAZ Suns (@nazsuns) December 9, 2018
MVP Candidates Of New And Old Come Together
With averages of 27.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks, Two-Way Player Yante Maten is one of the top MVP candidates this season. He’s among the league leaders in a number of important categories and has been known to erupt for high-scoring explosions on multiple occasions. Even with an 11-3 record, the Skyforce are still trailing the best teams in the standings, but now they’ve supplied Maten and Co. with even more reinforcements.
2016 league MVP (and NBA G League champion), Jarnell Stokes rejoined Sioux Falls as a returning player this weekend and got right to work. While Maten led the way with 32 points, Stokes added 5 points and 11 rebounds off the bench during Saturday’s win over Texas. The 24-year-old knows what it means to win and perform at the highest level, so as he finds his rhythm once again, there will be an ever formidable one-two punch brewing with Stokes and Maten in Sioux Falls.