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Two-Way Tracker, Week 6: Jordan Loyd, Angel Delgado Hitting Midseason Strides

By Keith Schlosser | December 13, 2018

In this week’s edition of the Two-Way Tracker, one player in particular gets even more comfortable, holding his ground as one of the best athletes the NBA G League has seen. After crashing the boards all season long, one big man receives props for his growing offensive prowess. Another talented young gun has played the perfect part of Robin to his team’s Batman, making him an intriguing player to watch along the way. Here’s a look at this week’s standout performers.

NBAGLeague.com’s Two-Way Tracker will provide weekly updates on the development of players signed to two-way NBA contracts throughout the 2018-19 season.

THREE STANDOUTS

Yante Maten, Heat / Skyforce: It’s Yante’s World and We’re Just Living In It

Maten graced this list last week, and two more massive double-doubles this time around made it a certainty that he’s here to stay. The holiday season clearly agrees with the big man, who is averaging 33.2 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 blocks in his last six contests. Who needs Santa when Maten continues to reward Skyforce fans with such great gifts? Every time it appears as though he will slow down, he just turns up the intensity and tallies through one dominant performance after another.

Angel Delgado, LA / Agua Caliente Clippers: This Angel Is More Of A Beast On The Boards

Delgado is really hitting his stride at this point in the season. He’s stood tall as one of the NBA G League’s elite rebounders, currently leading the circuit with 14.1 per game. The big man’s hunger to crash the glass has never wavered, and yet he’s continued to lay down the building blocks for a foundation as an offensive threat as well. 10 of his last 11 games have featured double-doubles and his scoring outings continue to rise. When the Clippers call his number, he’s someone who will have no problem doing the dirty work, but he’ll make himself even more valuable if he can cash in on second chance buckets along the way like he’s doing in the G League.

Jordan Loyd, Raptors / Raptors 905: Finding Versatile Ways To Stand Out

On the night that fellow Two-Way teammate Chris Boucher poured in a season league-high 47 points, Loyd wasn’t too far behind with 32 points of his own. Even more impressively, however, the guard also dished out 11 assists on Wednesday, setting his teammate up to perfection. With his talented friend leading the league in scoring average this season, Loyd has made it his purpose to stand out in every other way possible. There’s no doubt he too can score. The young gun has gone above and beyond, staying active on the boards and running the floor. In his last three contests, he’s averaged 21.7 points, 8 assists, and 7.7 rebounds.

SHINING AT THE NEXT LEVEL

Jaron Blossomgame, Cavaliers / Charge: Recent Acquisition Paying Quick Dividends For His New Team

Blossomgame signed his Two-Way contract with the Cavaliers earlier this month and is already seeing time at the NBA level as part of his allocated 45 days. Cleveland even put their faith in the offensive spark plug by inserting him into their starting lineup. In his last four games at the next level, Blossomgame has averaged 6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 18.5 minutes. He put people on notice with a 11 point, 10 rebound effort against the Bucks this week. Such numbers may not fly off the page, but he’s proving he can be relied upon as an NBA contributor.

TWO-WAY PLAY OF THE WEEK

Jaylen Morris, Bucks / Herd: The Energizer Bunny Takes It To The Rim And Secures A Thrilling Victory

This one was so nice, it’s worth seeing twice. This past weekend, the Maine Red Claws and Wisconsin Herd teamed up to battle through a triple-overtime contest. When the pressure was on, Jaylen Morris came up in the clutch. The guard scored 18 points, but none were greater than this bucket below. His last two points bounced around the rim, then resulted in a big win for Wisconsin.

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