Another NBA G League Draft is in the books. This year’s pool of prospects included incoming rookies, potential NBA Draftees, international veterans, and even a few familiar NBA G League alums.
Here’s a look at some of the notable selections from the 2019 NBA G League Draft.
Anthony Lawrence II (Northern Arizona Suns), Round 1; Pick 1: Any time you’re selected No.1 overall, there has to be some intrigue around your talent. But Lawrence will be especially interesting to watch in the NBA G League because of his versatility. As a senior for Miami, Lawrence served as a Swiss Army knife of sorts and saw playing time at all five positions. At 6’7″ and 207 pounds, he has a size advantage over point guards, the quickness to stay in front of two’s and three’s, and the physicality to combat opposing big men. Donning a N.A.Z. Suns jersey will give him the opportunity to defend professional front-court athletes and prepare for the intense competition he’d be exposed to at the NBA level. Some things to note: last season, he averaged 1.2 steals and shot 38% from deep in his collegiate career.
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Trey Mourning (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Round 1; Pick 2: Call this a major homecoming. After following father Alonzo Mourning’s footsteps by going to Georgetown, the son of the Basketball Hall of Famer will now don the same color scheme of his father’s NBA team by way of the affiliated Sioux Falls Skyforce. The organization believes the younger Mourning can hold his own on the court given this priority selection and will be able to contribute right away. Lacking that same type of dominance his father had, Trey merely oozes out energy, grit, and passion. At 6’9″ and 220 pounds, he can ignite a crowd by engaging with the fans, diving for loose balls, and grinding it out for rebounds down low.
Trevon Duval (Iowa Wolves), Round 1; Pick 5: Splitting time last season as a Two-Way Player for the Bucks and Rockets, Duval was invested into doing all he could to learn and adapt his skills to specific systems to prove he fit. As he suits up for the Iowa Wolves now, he’ll be given the green light to display more of that explosiveness and his ability to be a spark plug off the bench at the next level. The former Duke standout averaged 12.5 points, 3.7 assists, and 1.2 steals for the Herd last season. With a pro season under his belt already, Duval will seemingly be more accustomed to the speed of the game at this level.
Jalen Hudson (Capital City Go-Go), Round 1; Pick 7: Hudson will follow in the footsteps of fellow former Gators Chris Chiozza (now a Wizards Two-Way Player) and Devin Robinson by suiting up for the Go-Go. He’ll actually be reunited with Chiozza, who he shared a backcourt with at Florida. The sharpshooter’s best collegiate season came as a junior, when he averaged 15.5 points and shot 40% from deep in 2017-18. Look for he and Chiozza to reconnect and display some of that same suave chemistry early on. Having a familiar running mate once again will help set up his offense and should do wonders for Hudson.
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Ronshad Shabazz (College Park Skyhawks), Round 1; Pick 13: Shabazz’s selection is a little bit historic, as he arrives in College Park as one of the expansion team’s first-ever draft picks. The team will look to him to hit the ground running, and this explosive scorer’s play at Appalachian State certainly suggested he’s ready for the bright lights. He averaged 18.3 points per game as a senior last season and was known for scoring in bunches. Shabazz needs no time before he really starts to cook, so he can slide in to any given role and provide quick rapid fire offense to give his team a valuable boost.
Hasheem Thabeet (Fort Wayne Mad Ants), Round 1; Pick 18: This big man comes to the NBA G League with plenty of fanfare and notoriety, originally selected No.2 overall in the 2009 NBA Draft out of UConn. At 7’3″ and 265 pounds, Thabeet’s physical prowess is certainly imposing, to say the least, against all competition that looks his way. If his mere presence underneath the basket isn’t enough to fend off opposing scorers who look to drive through the lane, one needs to look no further than Thabeet’s previous NBA G League stint for a sign of what’s to come. He boasted averages of 8.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks — all in just 22.4 minutes per game — for the Drive back in 2014-15.
Vander Blue (Santa Cruz Warriors), Round 2; Pick 13: Much like Thabeet, Blue is a well known asset who has proven his value in the NBA G League time and time again. The guard stands tall as the No.3 overall pick in various all-time categories, such as Total Points, Field Goals Made, and Free Throws Made. The skillful scorer has multiple NBA stints to speak of, his most recent experience coming via five games with the Lakers during the 2017-18 season. He’s been around the block for quite a while and is still just 27 years old, suggesting his best years could still be ahead of him. Blue clearly enjoys staying stateside to play ball, and Santa Cruz will once again give him that shot. In return, look for the career 21-point-per-game-scorer in the NBA G League to fill it up offensively.
Tre Kelley (Capital City Go-Go), Round 2; Pick 14: Kelley is another NBA G League veteran who threw himself into the draft pool in hopes of showing he can still administer injections of life into an offense. Joining the Go-Go, he has the potential to serve as a steady hand and promising mentor to Hudson and the other budding talents around him. The 34-year old averaged 14.6 points and 5 assists through 134 career games. His time in the NBA G League has so far been culminated by an All-Star appearance in 2016, so he’s not too far removed from making meaningful contributions.
The Next Generation: In addition to Mourning, a handful of other prospects with familiar names were selected in the draft. Wesley Person Jr., Courtney Alexander II, and Trey Phills (son of late Hornets guard Bobby Phills) are all joining the NBA G League ranks hoping for a chance to follow their dreams and pursue the family business.