During this season of giving, it’s an opportune time to recognize some of the NBA G League’s best point guards who are known for distributing sweet assists. While families come together for great company and convene for tasty treats, here’s a closer look at five floor generals who enjoy dishing out delicious dimes on the court.
Jordan Loyd, Raptors 905
Regarded as more of a shooting guard at the collegiate level, Loyd has used his time as a two-way player for the Raptors to embrace more of a combo guard role. Of course he can score, but now more than ever, the 25-year-old is using his explosiveness around the rim to create offensive opportunities for those around him as well. He’s averaging 5.5 assists this season — including 6.3 in December — meaning his numbers are on the rise as he comes into his own as more of a point guard. Loyd is so offensively gifted that he demands double teams. With that in mind, there’s always bound to be an open man or two: this young gun is learning how to find them.
Abdul Gaddy, Oklahoma City Blue
A more traditional point guard, Gaddy is about as unselfish as they come and the Blue are clearly reaping the benefits. His 7.9 assists per contest are second-best in league. What’s more, Gaddy turns the ball over fewer times than anyone else found in the league’s top ten assist leaders. This youngster is quite the orchestrator, and can cross defenders up before dishing out the ball to find teammates in transition. Gaddy has led the Blue to a Western Conference-best record of 15-4, appearing in every game thus far.
The @okcblue had THREE players record double-doubles in their win on Sunday afternoon including @KJMcDaniels (20 PTS/10 REB), #2WayPlayer @Tyler__Davis34 (18 PTS/15 REB) and Abdul Gaddy (@gaddy253..13 PTS/10 AST) 🔥🔥🔥@okcblue 🔵 ↔️ @okcthunder ⛈️ pic.twitter.com/zhWrMnok7f
— NBA G League (@nbagleague) November 25, 2018
Walter Lemon Jr., Windy City Bulls
Lemon Jr. is a leader whose maturity and veteran know-how allows him to see the floor quite well. He recognizes when to attack the lane, pressure the defense, or help teammates find their spots along the perimeter. Much like Loyd, Lemon Jr. is the kind of player who keeps opposing defenses on their toes because he can beat them in a number of different ways. He’s already off to a strong start the season, averaging 21.5 points and the fourth-best mark in assists at 7.6 per game.
Isaiah Cousins, Salt Lake City Stars
One of the true marks of a steady leader is the ability to identity and play up to the strengths of those around them. Cousins is someone who defers to others offensively because he has a keen eye for talent. All that’s left for him to do is serve as the ideal setup man. As fate would have it, he’s been making precision passes and taking care of the ball incredibly well this season. He boasts an impressive contrast of skills, averaging 6.2 assists, while only committing 1.8 turnovers per game. He has a strong head on his shoulders and makes savvy decisions with the ball in his hands.
Chris Chiozza, Capital City Go-Go
As the youngest player on this list, Chiozza is already making strides in his first season as a professional. He exudes enthusiasm on the court, making it a forgone conclusion that his teammates enjoy playing with him. He’s upbeat, plays with an extra pep in his step, and appears to be building great chemistry with those around him, most notably former collegiate teammate at Florida, turned Wizards two-way player Devin Robinson. Players often have an easier time finding an offensive rhythm when they know their floor general is constantly on the lookout. As such, Chiozza is averaging 6.5 assists this season.