This past week, a frenzy of opportunities opened up for NBA G League players as the deadline for NBA teams to sign Two-Way Contracts came and went, and organizations found ways to reel in reinforcements for the rest of the season. By end of business on Tuesday, six minor-leaguers were rewarded for their prowess with such pacts.
As these talented prospects lock in and look to provide a boost the rest of the way, this week’s Two-Way Tracker serves as the perfect place to highlight these familiar faces in new places.
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.
Two-Way Tracker: Meet All of This Year’s Two-Way Players
Bonzie Colson, Milwaukee Bucks / Wisconsin Herd
The Notre Dame product comes to The Badger State after donning a Canton Charge uniform through 23 games this season. Despite a leaner 6’5″ and 225 pound frame, Colson has no problem muscling up against opposing big men in the league. Embracing his inner Malik Rose or Chuck Hayes, Colson fights his way inside, competes for boards, and does all he can to come up with deflections around the rim despite a common height mismatch. He’s a spirited fighter, someone who can light the fire under those around him. He already made progress in his Wisconsin debut, tallying 18 points and 8 rebounds, ahead of 15.5 point and 7.8 rebound averages on the year.
Bonzie Colson (@Bcolson_35) made his presence felt in his first game!
— Wisconsin Herd (@WisconsinHerd) January 17, 2019
Isaiah Whitehead, Detroit Pistons / Grand Rapids Drive
Whitehead returns to the states after some time playing abroad. He’ll hit the hardwood, having already demonstrated the way he can dominate in the NBA G League as a Brooklyn Nets’ assignee. Averaging 22.2 points on a 45/36/85% shooting clip through thirty games with Long Island last season, opponents should be on notice as Whitehead comes to town. He’s a fiery spark plug, who should be able to pour in the points with Grand Rapids, or provide offense in a pinch should Detroit need an injection of life down the stretch. The 23-year-old boasts a 7.2 NBA PPG average.
Kalin Lucas, Detroit Pistons / Grand Rapids Drive
With the injury bug biting their backcourt this season, the Pistons loaded up on some extra point guards. By enlisting Lucas to join Whitehead as Two-Way Players, the Detroit front office has created quite a yin and yang balance with their new duo. Whereas Whitehead is more explosive around the basket, Lucas is the kind of floor general who can lead a charge and find teammates cutting to the basket in transition. He excels in the pick-and-roll and though he, too, can make it rain from downtown, his mature presence is likely to aid those around him even more. At 29, he’ll eagerly await another opportunity at the NBA level after appearing in one game for the Grizzlies back in 2014-15.
Kadeem Allen, New York / Westchester Knicks
Allen is in an unique position compared to the rest of his Two-Way Player counterparts. Having already played for Westchester this season, the point guard is familiar with his “new” team’s schemes and strategies on both ends of the floor. Because Westchester practices much of what New York preaches at the next level, Allen should have an easy time adjusting, and in turn, be able to provide meaningful contributions without much of a learning curve. A member of the 2018 NBA G League All-Defensive Team, the 26-year-old is averaging a versatile line of 14.1 points, 5.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals this season.
— Westchester Knicks (@wcknicks) January 17, 2019
Deng Adel, Cleveland Cavaliers / Canton Charge
The Charge may have lost Colson to the Bucks and Herd, but they’ll be privy to Adel’s services for much of the rest of the season instead. At 21 years old, this forward is an intriguing prospect. Averaging 13.1 points, Adel has been known to explode for some larger offensive outbursts every now and then. He’s scored 20+ points five times this season, efficiently hitting shots from along the perimeter. Previously serving as a key cog of the Raptors 905’s well oiled machine, this young gun looks like the kind of player who could really emerge as a bonafide shot-maker if given more of a green light moving forward.
Julian Washburn, Memphis Grizzlies / Hustle
Washburn arrives in Memphis with an impressive winning pedigree. He helped the Austin Spurs win the 2018 NBA G League title, and recently competed with USA Basketball during the FIBA World Cup Qualifying games. He’s an athletic wing with valuable experience, the kind that could make him a valuable NBA contributor. Shooting 37% from deep this year, he could help the Grizzlies spread the floor and exhaust opposing second units, should the team call upon him to eat up minutes in place of some injured rotation players.