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Two-Way Tracker, Week 13: Alex Poythress and Jaylen Adams Find Collective Rhythm In Erie

By Keith Schlosser | January 30, 2019

In this week’s edition of the Two-Way Tracker, one Spur’s stock is rising in the Lone Star State. A pair of teammates in Erie are helping bring one another to new heights, all while an elite NBA G League scorer was seen pouring in buckets at the next level with ease.

During a week including a 40-point outing, other career-high marks, and consistent performances, here’s a look at who left a lasting impression.

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.

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THREE STANDOUTS

Drew Eubanks, San Antonio / Austin Spurs: Young Gun Emerging Into Leading Man

Eubanks has been one of the most efficient offensive players in the league. He’s currently third in field goal percentage at 69%. More recently, he’s also become one of the more aggressive post players, now averaging 21.8 points (including a career-high mark of 30) in his last five games. With his scoring production on the rise, the 21 year old is learning what works down low and is using his evasiveness around the rim to his advantage. Such versatility is a welcomed addition to Eubanks’s overall game, as he’s well known for being an imposing physical presence on the defensive end. The big man has also averaged 9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in the aforementioned stretch, clearly holding his own on both sides of the floor.

Alex Poythress, Atlanta Hawks / Erie BayHawks: Forward Displays Elevated Play Following Time In NBA

After spending much of the early season with the Atlanta Hawks, Poythress has returned to Erie and is dominating the competition. The action he saw on the NBA floor, paired with the opportunities he had to go up against big league bodies in practice everyday, is certainly paying dividends in the form of elevated play. He’s yet to score less than 20 points in a BayHawks uniform this season and is an endless double-double threat, averaging 24.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game on the campaign. Whereas some players go through various ebbs and flows over the course of a campaign, what you see is what you get from Poythress. He doesn’t fade away or go through many cold spouts. He’s about as consistent as they come, able to take ownership of an offense and lead the way. Given his recent dominance, Atlanta should look forward to added confidence when calling upon his services next.

Jaylen Adams, Atlanta Hawks / Erie BayHawks: Teammate’s Presence Helps Guard Prove Himself In Other Ways

Poythress isn’t the only BayHawk having a banner week for Erie. His Two-Way counterpart has also heated back up, recording 10 or more assists in three of his last four contests. Having Poythress play alongside him to create a formidable one-two punch is giving Adams the opportunity to demonstrate more of his play-making ability. Nevertheless, one should never forget that Adams himself can light it up in a hurry. He scored 40 points on January 23, the second time he’s done so this season. Over his last four games, the young gun is averaging 19.5 points and 11 assists.

SHINING AT THE NEXT LEVEL

Jordan McRae, Washington Wizards / Capital City Go-Go: Guard Can Score Ball Anywhere, Any Place, Any Time

Just call Jordan McRae a walking bucket. Currently the NBA G League’s leading scorer with 29.8 points per contest, the guard (who also set the season’s high-mark with 54 in a game earlier this month) has been privy to peeks of action with the Wizards this week. Taking the floor on Tuesday, McRae represented perfection from everywhere on the hardwood. He tallied 15 points in just 8 minutes of play, converting on all five shots from the field (including two long balls) and three free-throws. The 27 year old was clearly eager to get his hands on the ball for as many scoring opportunities as he could muster, also coming up with two steals.

TWO-WAY PLAY OF THE WEEK

Chris Boucher and Jordan Loyd, Toronto Raptors / Raptors 905: Not Many Can Match Pair’s Chemistry

Much like Poythress and Adams in Erie, Jordan Loyd and Chris Boucher represent another impressive Two-Way twosome, for Raptors 905. While both have spent time with Toronto in the new year, they recently teamed up once again in the NBA G League, leading their team to victory on Twitch. Loyd tallied a triple-double in the contest, but no assist was sweeter than the one below, when he connected with Boucher’s extending reach for this impressive bucket and the foul.

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