Two-Way Tracker, Week 10: NBA G League Showcase Edition

By Alex Busch | January 8, 2018

The NBA G League is in full swing now, and players are starting to make names for themselves in the league and in the NBA. The NBA G League’s annual scouting event, the NBA G League Showcase, is set to take place this week. For this week’s edition of Two-Way Tracker, we take a look at 10 two-way players to watch (sorted alphabetically) at Showcase. *Note: two-way players may be with their NBA team at the time of G League Showcase.

NBAGLeague.com’s Two-Way Tracker will provide weekly updates on the development of players signed to two-way NBA contracts throughout the 2017-18 season.

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Wade Baldwin IV, Texas Legends (Trail Blazers)

Baldwin, a Blazers signee, has seen most of his action at the NBA G League level this season. The Vanderbilt product is averaging 19.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists in seven games with the Legends this season. Baldwin has been getting to the foul line as of late, shooting 14 free throws (and making all of them) in the Legends’ win against the Salt Lake City Stars on Jan. 2. His best performance of the season came in a 32-point night against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Dec. 21, when Baldwin went 12-for-21 (57.1 percent) from the field and added five assists. Baldwin has meshed well with the league’s second-highest scorer, Justin Dentmon, at the other guard in the Legends’ lineup.

Antonio Blakeney, Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bullls)

Blakeney has put up monstrous numbers in Windy City this season. Besides spending some of November with the NBA’s Bulls — where he put up three double-digit point games — Blakeney has spent most of the season in the G League. With Windy City, he set a new franchise record with 46 points in a game — in just three quarters on the floor — as the Bulls earned a 145-107 victory over the Maine Red Claws on Dec. 6. The LSU product is averaging a G League-best 34.9 points, plus 7.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 12 games. The guard has shown off his shooting touch, hitting 49 percent of his shots from the field and 43.3 percent from 3-point range, while still driving to the hoop, getting to the line on average 9.1 times per game. Look for Blakeney to showcase his shooting touch, as well as his speed and strength with strong dunks.

Anthony Brown, Iowa Wolves (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Brown has had a steady season in the G League, averaging 21.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 20 contests. Brown recently had a historic night in the Wolves’ 124-102 victory over the Oklahoma City Blue on Jan. 2, when he racked up 35 points on a franchise record 10 3-pointers.

Lorenzo Brown, Raptors 905 (Toronto Raptors)

Brown is set to showcase his abilities as part of the host team. He has averaged 19.3 points, 8.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 15 games this year, and is coming off a 32-point onslaught in the 905’s 100-93 victory over the Maine Red Claws on Jan. 7, when he added nine assists and six rebounds. Brown doesn’t always get the volume that he did in his 14-for-24 (58.3 percent) shooting night, but he is always dishing out the ball to his teammates. Brown has had six double-digit assist games this season, and dished out a career-high 15 assists two games ago in the 905’s win over the Erie BayHawks. Watch for Brown to showcase his vision and passing ability, including his incredible lobs for alley-oops, especially with the home Raptors crowd in attendance.

Quinn Cook, Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State Warriors)

Cook has become one of the best stories in the G League this season. He had opportunities with the NBA’s Warriors during their injury spell, but let’s not forget his dominant play at the G League level with Santa Cruz. In 16 games there, Cook is pacing the Warriors offense with 23.7 points, 7.4 assists and 5.4 rebounds per contest. Cook’s play has become very balanced with the help of Warriors assignee Damian Jones and Terrence Jones along his side. He neared a triple-double in his last game, dropping 22 points with eight rebounds and seven assists.

Daniel Hamilton, Oklahoma City Blue (Thunder)

Hamilton has echoed Russell Westbrook’s play with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s G League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue. Hamilton, who is averaging 15.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 7.8 assists per contest, has put up seven triple-doubles in 24 games this year. He can hit from the outside, but Hamilton has also boasted highlight-reel dunks and passes throughout the season.

Josh Magette, Erie BayHawks (Hawks)

Magette has continued to be an incredible facilitator for the BayHawks this season. The Atlanta Hawks two-way guard is averaging a double-double this season with 15.7 points and 10.1 assists, to go with 3.2 rebounds in 21 games. Magette has dished out double-digit assists in more than half of his games (11 times), and recently set a new franchise record with 19 assists in Erie’s overtime loss to the Delaware 87ers on Dec. 23. The former Division II star at Alabama-Huntsville has been turning heads all season, and looks to continue that on the big stage in Canada.

Johnathan Motley, Texas Legends (Mavericks)

Also averaging a double-double this season, Motley has put up 21.4 points and 10.3 rebounds in 17 games for the Legends. The 6-foot-10 Baylor product shook off injuries in college and has found his full form in the Dallas Mavericks organization, seeing action for both the Mavericks and the Legends this season. Most recently, Motley dropped 25 points on 11-for-16 (68.8 percent) from the field, paired with a career-high 16 rebounds against the Iowa Wolves on Jan. 6. Motley is heating up at the G League level at the perfect time, heading into a big trip up north.

Monte Morris, Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Nuggets)

After a solid start to the season for the Vipers, Morris has heated up even more as of late, suiting up for the Rockets’ affiliate because the Nuggets don’t have an affiliate team. The Iowa State product has produced double-doubles in each of his past three contests, including a career-high 17 assists to go with 20 points in the Vipers’ 124-118 victory over the South Bay Lakers on Jan. 4. Morris is posting averages of 17.9 points, 6.3 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 23 games. In the past three, he has averaged 22 points on 26-for-45 shooting (57.8 percent), with 13.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds — in two wins and one loss.

James Young, Delaware 87ers (76ers)

The new two-way player for the Philadelphia 76ers spent most of this season with the Wisconsin Herd before signing his new contract in the Philadelphia system on Jan. 5. Young, who was named the G League Player of the Week on Nov. 20, is averaging 22.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 20 games this season. If Young is with the 87ers during G League Showcase week, he will be one to watch out for with his new team.

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