With the 18th NBA G League season set to tip off Friday, we take a look at 10 intriguing two-way players to keep an eye on this season.
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Kostas Antetokounmpo, Texas Legends
As he enters his rookie season, the younger Antetokounmpo will look to prove he has the impressive game to go along with a notable name. Much like brothers Giannis and Thanasis, the 6-foot-10 forward boasts plenty of athleticism and length. As a freshman at Dayton, he prided himself on using his physical tools to make an impact on the defensive end, averaging 1.1 blocks. He’ll have an opportunity to develop his all-around game with Texas, which could lead him to take a more assertive role on offense, as well.
Tyler Ulis, Northern Arizona Suns
Before making his mark through two NBA seasons, Ulis had a stellar sophomore season at Kentucky with 17.3 points and 7.0 assists in 2015-16. As a member of the Suns, Ulis served as an unselfish floor general for a young Phoenix squad. Now in the NBA G League, he’ll likely be tasked with taking the lead and pouring in the points once again on offense. With a 5-foot-10 frame, he uses his tenacity to propel his efforts defensively and lock in against other guards.
Trevon Duval, Wisconsin Herd
If Duval seeks motivation as he reaches the pro level, he should look no further than fellow former Duke Blue Devil Quinn Cook. The guard has catapulted from Duke to rise up as an NBA G League Rookie of the Year turned NBA champion. He’s set the bar high, but perhaps Duval will begin to follow in his footsteps. As a freshman, the 20-year-old averaged 10.3 points, 5.6 assists and 1.5 steals.
Allonzo Trier, Westchester Knicks
It remains to be seen if Trier ever puts on a Westchester uniform, as he’s currently finding success with the NBA club in New York. Averaging 9.3 points on on 48.1 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from downtown through eight games, Trier is a versatile, high-flying specimen who makes explosive moves that have already begun to excite his new home crowd. After going undrafted, it appears New York could have a steal on their hands.
Damion Lee, Santa Cruz Warriors
Lee is aggressive with the ball in his hands, making him a great fit to help pace Santa Cruz’s offense this coming season. He can finish strong amid contact and likes to pull up for an ample amount of 3-point field goals, as well. He returns to the Warriors following an NBA stint with the Atlanta Hawks, averaging 10.7 points through 15 games last season. He’s someone who can score in bunches and now he’ll look to prove he can make it rain like the Splash Bros across the bay.
Troy Williams, Stockton Kings
Currently with Sacramento, Williams could be primed to eventually see action in his third NBA G League season. Since gaining attention as the 2017 NBA G League Slam Dunk champion, Williams has demonstrated athletic prowess on both ends of the floor. He’s an exciting finisher around the rim and tends to run down opponents, using his wingspan to prevent easy buckets on the other end of the floor. Should he join Stockton, look for Williams to continue to grow and improve upon his long-range shooting.
Alan Williams, Long Island Nets
Through three seasons with the Phoenix Suns, Williams averaged 6.4 points on 50.2 percent shooting, to go along with an efficient 5.7 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game. The big man is a physical force who enjoys muscling down low to crash the glass and cash in on second chance points. As a member of Long Island, Williams could embrace a more central role on offense as he develops a perimeter game.
Drew Eubanks, Austin Spurs
At 6-foot-10 and 245 pounds, Eubanks has the size and stature to emerge as an intimating force on the defensive end. Through three seasons at Oregon State, the big man averaged 1.7 blocks and proved reliable as a guy who does the dirty work. He’ll fight for boards and do his best to affect opponents’ shots around the rim, making him an intriguing candidate to anchor Austin’s defense.
Jaylen Morris, Wisconsin Herd
Entering his first season on a two-way contract, Morris served as a Swiss army knife of sorts for the Erie BayHawks last season, before earning a Gatorade Call-up to the Atlanta Hawks. A slasher around the rim, he drove through the lane for easy buckets on offense. He can rebound the ball and has quick hands to come up with clutch steals as well. After flashing potential last season, rising from the NBA G League Player Invitational to the NBA, he could take that next step and become even more assertive offensively as a starring attraction for the Herd.
Alex Caruso, South Bay Lakers
Averaging 2.1 steals in his NBA G League career, it’s safe to say this former SEC All-Defensive Team member has picked up right where he left off at Texas A&M. He returns to South Bay for the second straight season, clearly capable of leading his team on both ends. He’s a mature floor general who carries himself in a cool, calm, and collected manner. Caruso heads into the season fresh off another strong run with the Lakers at NBA Summer League.