With the NBA G League’s 19th season underway, plenty of Two-Way Players have been hitting the ground running with strong performances and impressive skill-sets across the board. Here’s a look at which players are making the best impressions from the jump.
NBAGLeague.com’s Two-Way Tracker will provide weekly updates on the development of players signed to two-way NBA contracts throughout the 2019-2020 season.
76ers / Blue Coats: Marial Shayok Showing Offensive Artistry Early On
Currently owning the high scoring mark in the young NBA G League season with 42 on November 11, there’s no doubt Marial Shayok can pour in the points. At 6’5″ and 198 pounds, he’s much more than a catch and shoot two-guard. Shayok is crafty with the basketball in his hands and is artful in the way he creates his own offense. Despite starting at the top of the key, he often beats defenders off the dribble and goes inside for higher percentage looks. So far this season, the agile finisher has averaged 38 points on a 55/38/92 shooting clip to go along with 7.5 rebounds.
Hornets / Swarm: Robert Franks Flexing Deep Range Prowess
Franks has already appeared in three games, and he seems to be maintaining the intensity during an impressive hot streak. He’s averaging 27.3 points on 60% from the field and 50% from deep and 7 rebounds. Franks is someone who seemingly keeps calm under pressure, unfazed by any imposing defense. There’s an ease about the way the 22-year-old lets it fly from downtown. At 6’7″ and 225 pounds, he looks the ideal part of a stretch four with strong stature and steady range.
Thunder / Blue: Luguentz Dort Has Mature Skills For Young Athlete
At 6’3″ and 215 pounds, Dort may look like an undersized two-guard, but there’s no doubt he packs a punch on both ends of the floor. The proof is in the pudding for the former Arizona Sun Devil, who racked up the accolades as a freshman last season. Dort was Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, while also earning Second Team All-Pac 12 and All-Defensive Team honors. The 20-year-old has so far demonstrated an ability to hold his own, averaging 28 points on 56% shooting and 44% from deep, paired with 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals. His skills have already begun to translate to the next level.
SHINING AT THE NEXT LEVEL
Golden State / Santa Cruz Warriors: Ky Bowman Stepping Up In Expected Way
Plagued by injuries to notable players, Ky Bowman has been tasked with filling a key role for the Golden State Warriors. An often relied upon reserve, the guard has averaged 6.5 points in 18.4 minutes per game. He’s proven to be consistent through his 12 appearances thus far and has efficiently shot at a 46/40/89 clip along the way. Many Two-Way Players use their NBA G League experience to prepare for their shot in the NBA, but Bowman appears to be doing just fine after getting thrown into the fire. It remains to be seen if he has the opportunity to don a Santa Cruz uniform.
After playing with the Dubs at Summer League, Ky Bowman signed his two-way contract with the team.
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) August 8, 2019
TWO-WAY PLAY OF THE WEEK
Pelicans / BayHawks: Zylan Cheatham Spins and Slams
It didn’t take long for Zylan Cheatham to display some high-flying ability, even adding in some flair during this early season dunk from below.