As we end the season and after an exciting NBA G League Playoffs, a handful of two-way players got a chance to extend their minor-league campaigns. Here are five players that impressed during this year’s postseason.
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Darrun Hilliard, Austin Spurs (San Antonio Spurs)
The Villanova product mirrored what his alma mater accomplished just two weeks ago, as he helped lead the Austin Spurs to the NBA G League title. During four Playoff games, Hilliard averaged 18.5 points on 50 percent shooting, including a 23-point night on 58.8 percent shooting from the field in the Spurs’ dominant NBA G League Finals Game 1 victory over Raptors 905.
Lorenzo Brown, Raptors 905 (Toronto Raptors)
Now a former two-way player after signing a full NBA contract with the Raptors on Wednesday, Brown was named NBA G League Most Valuable Player for the regular season after averaging 18.8 points, 8.9 assists (league’s second-best mark), 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals with the Raptors 905. The NC State product also helped lead the No. 4 seed 905 to the NBA G League Finals for the second-straight season, averaging 20.2 points and 8.0 assists in five playoff contests, while throwing in an NBA appearance in between.
Matt Costello, Austin Spurs (San Antonio Spurs)
It’s hard to grab attention from just one performance, but Matt Costello easily did that. After an 18-point game in a second round win over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Costello impressed by tying an NBA G League postseason record with nine blocks in Austin’s Western Conference Finals victory over the South Bay Lakers. The Michigan State product continued to be a leader in the paint and in the locker room during the Finals, helping the Spurs capture a second title in franchise history.
Gary Payton II, South Bay Lakers (Los Angeles Lakers)
The Oregon State product was on fire during the NBA G League Playoffs, as he led a sixth-seeded South Bay team all the way to the Western Conference Finals. Payton’s best performance in the postseason came in an upset win over No. 2 Reno, where Payton finished with an incredible line of 30 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and six steals.
Josh Magette, Erie BayHawks (Atlanta Hawks)
The NBA G League assists leader for the third-straight season was a key to leading the BayHawks to hosting an Eastern Conference Finals game this season. Averaging 19.0 points and 10.3 assists in three postseason contests, Magette was swishing and dishing all playoffs long with an underdog Erie team.