This week’s Two-Way Tracker is highlighted by a dynamic athlete who led his team back from 20 down to earn a thrilling victory, a rebounding machine who surprised all and set an eye-popping new career scoring high, and a couple of Two-Way teammates who are making a splash in La-La Land.
Here’s a look at who those prized prospects are, and which others are setting similar trends this week.
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
Jaron Blossomgame, Cleveland Cavaliers / Canton Charge: Comeback Kid Hits Big Shots To Punctuate Stellar Stretch
With a taste of NBA action from earlier in the campaign, Blossomgame benefited from the opportunity to match up and muscle his way inside against the elite big men of basketball. At 6’7″ and 220 pounds, he’s still asserting his physicality as a big man at the minor league level. Not one to back down from imposing challenges, he endures the grit and grind of fighting his way into the paint with pride. All the while, his motivation to back down defenders and pursue high-percentage looks is paying off. In his last four games, Blossomgame is averaging 25.6 points, 11 rebounds, and 1.8 steals, with his most recent effort — a 28 point performance — sparking a comeback victory against the Raptors 905, erasing a 20-point deficit.
Angel Delgado, LA / Agua Caliente Clippers: Big Man Making 20-Rebound Games Routine
Delgado’s game continues to flourish this season. No longer simply a complementary piece who does the dirty work, the big man has transformed into a headlining attraction, able to pour in the points by staying active in the pick-and-roll and fooling defenders left and right with dexterity and a sweet baby-hook. He’s putting everything together, and such versatility was most on display during a recent 40-point, 20-rebound outing. Pulling down 20 boards is becoming a daily occurrence, with Delgado achieving such a feat in three of his last four games. Long recognized as the leading NBA G League rebounder this season, his 27-point average in last four games would also slot him among the leaders in such a category for the season.
Brandon Goodwin, Denver Nuggets / Iowa Wolves: Points, Rebounds, and Assists — Oh My
Because the Nuggets are without its own minor-league affiliate, Goodwin has found himself in the unique position this season of building chemistry with a new set of teammates and learning schemes that may differ more from his parent club. Interestingly enough, Goodwin’s ability to seamlessly step in and perform at a high level may say more about his value than how he produces on the court. He’s the consummate teammate. He can score and be the primary focus of an offense with ease, but at the same time, his unselfish nature and savvy court vision helps his teammates take advantage of opportunities every time he demands a double-team and can dish it out to the open man darting to the hoop. Given all of his gifts, Goodwin has been a triple-double threat on a nightly basis, tallying 20 points, 8.3 assists, and 7.8 rebounds in his most recent four appearances.
SHINING AT THE NEXT LEVEL
Johnathan Williams and Alex Caruso, Los Angeles / South Bay Lakers: Pair Receiving Steady Minutes With Big League Team
A pair of teammates from South Bay have been called upon to provide reinforcements under the bright lights of Hollywood, and Caruso and Williams have certainly not disappointed. Both players have performed rather nicely, appearing in each of the Lakers’ last three contests. Caruso has averaged 10.5 points and 3.3 boards, whereas Williams has logged 6.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in that span. With Andre Ingram also currently spending time with Los Angeles, there’s little denying that every little bit of chemistry around these big league reserves helps.
TWO-WAY PLAY OF THE WEEK
Yuta Watanabe, Memphis Grizzlies / Hustle: All This Dunker Needed Was a Little Bit of Room To Fly
As someone who can put the ball on the floor and create his own offense, the only hesitation Watanabe showed here was the little pump-fake he gave his defender, before sneaking his way through with little room along the baseline and slamming it home.