As players entered Day 4 of Winter Showcase, they did so understanding that this was their last chance to rise above before NBA teams departed Las Vegas at the conclusion of this year’s event. Some made sure to catch the attention of others by stuffing the stat-sheet with abandon, and others left town with very meaningful victories.
Here’s a look at who these talented athletes are.
Juwan Morgan (NBA Assignment), Salt Lake City Stars: NBA assignee Morgan will carry a special winning mentality back with him to Utah after suiting up for Salt Lake City and leading them to the coveted Winter Showcase championship. The big man spearheaded his team’s effort with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assists. He was physical around the rim, yet demonstrated a certain level of fitness when it came to scoring along the perimeter as well. First and foremost, he was a fearless leader whose contributions led to two big victories in Las Vegas.
🗣 “I will remember this forever”
— NBA G League (@nbagleague) December 23, 2019
Alize Johnson (NBA Assignment), Fort Wayne Mad Ants: Already a special performer from earlier in the week, Johnson accomplished an all the more impressive feat on day four. Putting a wild exclamation point on his experience, Johnson became the only player in Las Vegas to tally a triple-double when his 16 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists led the Mad Ants to a key win. He and Morgan have a couple of things in common. They’re both All NBA G League Showcase First Team selections and following some extra pro seasoning, are now as poised as ever to return to the NBA and make big league contributions for their clubs.
John Konchar (Two-Way Player), Memphis Hustle: The Hustle boast an NBA G league-leading 14 wins on the campaign, and Konchar is a big reason why. On day four, he demonstrated just how valuable he is with a stat-line of 33 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Konchar can shoot the three-ball, post up down low, but still isn’t afraid to fight for rebounds or dive for loose balls. He’s a rugged physical force who attracts attention from the defense, and therefore, his mere presence alone helps open the floor for those around him.
Kyle Alexander, Sioux Falls Skyforce: At first glance, Alexander’s stat-line may not be all that imposing, but he’s the kind of player the Winter Showcase is all about. At just 23 years old, he’s a pro rookie who’s averaging 11.1 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.1 blocks. These numbers aren’t flashy, but Alexander is undeniably a reliable big man with plenty of potential. He boasts athleticism for days and can rise up to slam home a bevy of ferocious dunks with the best of them. He scored 16 points and 11 rebounds on day four, undoubtedly jumping on the radar of many NBA scouts while leading the Skyforce to a win.
Jalen Adams, Erie BayHawks: Better late than never, Adams put a close to his Showcase with style. Exploding for the second-highest scoring effort by an individual all week long, Adams scored 37 points en route to leading the BayHawks to a win and it was a beautiful thing to watch. The hotter he became from the field, the more panicked the defense became and he simply let the game come to him. Also dishing out nine assists, he was the prime time floor general to watch as competition inched closer to its conclusion, but there’s little doubt he left a lasting impression that should leave NBA teams thinking in the weeks that follow.