Day Two of the 2019 NBA G League lived up to the hype. As prospects presented a potential glimpse into the future, they clearly stepped up to the plate with NBA decision-makers watching. Facing steep competition, such youngsters went on to prove why they could potentially fill any existent roster voids at the next level sooner than later. Those who played well showed how hungry they were for a chance.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the top performers from day two.
Rayjon Tucker, Wisconsin Herd: This high-powered athlete has truly exploded onto the scene during the most crucial time of his pro career and he’s been putting on quite the show. He’s been clutch with impressive physicality, getting to the rim and devouring high-percentage looks inside every chance he gets. Scoring (at least) 34 points for the fourth straight game, Tucker’s been on an absolute tear. He gets better with each passing game, and lucky for him, everyone from around the NBA is watching this week.
Alize Johnson (NBA Assignment), Fort Wayne Mad Ants: Johnson is someone who continues to show special growth. He’s used his time on the minor league hardwood to develop immense versatility. He’s a beast down low, scoring at will and fighting his way inside to scoop up every rebound opportunity. He creates second chance opportunities, and when teams swarm him, he becomes an unselfish teammate who finds those around him. All of this and more was evident in his 24-point, 13-rebound, six assist effort as the Mad Ants got the win.
24 PTS | 13 REB | 6 AST | 3 STL pic.twitter.com/g5yvB1efM0
— NBA G League (@nbagleague) December 21, 2019
Justin Anderson, Raptors 905: Anderson craves another chance in the NBA and it shows. Knocking down six shots from deep en route to scoring 30 points, he’s arguably becoming more of a 3 and D threat than he’s ever been before. Of course, demonstrating an ability to spread the floor and serve as a complementary player is something that should bode well for his staying power in The Association the next time around. It’s also worth noting that every time the 26 year old takes the floor, he can be seen mentoring the various prospects around him. Anderson may be ready to take that next step as a notable veteran.
Alen Smailagic (NBA Assignment), Santa Cruz Warriors: Yet to appear in an NBA game, Smailagic has used his more recent time with Santa Cruz as means for rehab. The longer he stays, the better he plays, and Las Vegas is the perfect place to shine. Scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, the young gun asserted his physicality and muscled his way down low as he poured in a bevy of interior buckets. Playing center, he’s seemingly putting his agility to good use to evade bulkier defenders. Nevertheless, he’s able to succeed amid major contact, and this time it resulted in a win for the Warriors.
Lamar Peters, Westchester Knicks: This NBA prospect is proving to be quite an intriguing player, especially for NBA teams looking for some help in the backcourt. Peters is a speedy floor general who can race around and seemingly hit shots from just about anywhere on the court. Keeping the defense honest, he connected on seven daggers from deep and dished out six assists, proving he can push the pace and beat the defense in a variety of ways.
— Westchester Knicks (@wcknicks) December 20, 2019