Two-Way Tracker, Week 17: Doyle Heating Up, Airplane Mode Taking Flight

By Alex Busch | February 28, 2018

As we head towards the home stretch of the season and look ahead to the NBA G League postseason, a handful of two-way players are separating themselves from the pack. Here are five who shined over the past week.

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Milton Doyle, Long Island Nets (Brooklyn Nets)

The Loyola-Chicago product is heating up his shooting stroke, coming off three 20-plus point performances, including a 34-point night where he drained nine 3-pointers in the overtime loss to the Wisconsin Herd on Feb. 23. Doyle is starting to get some traction for his play because of his shooting capabilities. Doyle has drained more than 50 percent of his 3-pointers in his past two contests.

Antonio Blakeney, Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls)

The NBA G League’s top scorer is starting to find his scoring touch again after cooling down a bit in the beginning of the month (by his standards). The LSU alum now has 20 30-plus point games this season, which in itself shows his success scoring the ball. He is coming off 31- and 37-point games, in which he racked up nine boards in his last contest. Although he has been struggling from three-point land, Blakeney has become efficient while driving the ball into the paint, as well as dishing the ball out to teammates.

Markel Brown, Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Houston Rockets)

Brown is coming off his most productive game of his career, where he matched a season and career-high of 41 points, in the Vipers’ win over the Iowa Wolves on Feb. 23. He was 12-for-19 (63.2 percent) from the field, while knocking down four triples. In addition, Brown added 12 boards, four assists and three steals. While R.J. Hunter and his shooting ability has been the focus for the Vipers, Brown has slowly become a reliable scorer when playing with the Vipers at the NBA G League level.

Derrick Jones Jr., Sioux Falls Skyforce (Miami Heat)

Given the nickname “Airplane Mode,” Jones has become one of the flashiest players around the NBA G League. His posterizing slams and leaping alley-oops have become routine, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth another look. Averaging 16.6 points and 7.6 rebounds this season, Jones has been able to score the ball while playing at the G League level. In the Skyforce’s win over the South Bay Lakers on Feb. 24, Jones racked up 30 points and didn’t forget a few jams, as well. Jones, along with fellow Miami Heat two-way player Derrick Walton Jr., has been bouncing around between the NBA and the G League. Expect him to continue to impress whenever dressing up for Sioux Falls.

Danuel House, Northern Arizona Suns (Phoenix Suns)

House has started to see success, bringing his well-balanced game to Northern Arizona. Just Tuesday, he neared a triple-double with 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists while throwing down a couple dunks, as well. He also shot 7-for-11 from the field while draining 6-of-10 triples.

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