As we head towards the final week of the regular season and look to the NBA G League Playoffs, a handful of two-way players are separating themselves from the pack. Here are five players who shined over the past week.
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Quinn Cook, Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State Warriors)
Quinn Cook has been known to score in the NBA G League, as he’s averaging a league second-best 25.3 points per game with Santa Cruz. While at the NBA level, Cook has slotted in and showed his ability to control the offense and dish out the basketball. But this past week, with Steph Curry sidelined with an injured ankle, Cook was able to find his scoring touch with Golden State. On Friday, Cook poured in a career-high 25 points on 10-for-13 from the field (5-for-7 from 3) against the Sacramento Kings. The very next night Cook out-did himself, going for a new career-best 28 points on another efficient shooting night, going 11-for-17 from the field (again 5-for-7 from 3-point range). Then Monday night, Cook led the Golden State offense once again, scoring 20 points.
That’s three straight games when the two-time NBA G League All-Star has led the defending NBA champs in scoring — making for one of the best stories of this minor league season.
Antonio Blakeney, Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls)
The LSU product has been with the big club in Chicago lately and has been getting some solid playing time. In the past week, Blakeney put up two 10-point nights and has thrown down several jams like the one below, in the Bulls game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. On Monday night, Blakeney impressed as he helped pace Chicago’s offense against the Knicks, scoring a career-high 16 points.
Xavier Munford, Wisconsin Herd (Milwaukee Bucks)
Munford has been with Milwaukee a lot as of late, but he came down to Oshkosh to help out the Herd during the past couple of weeks. On Thursday, in a 118-111 victory over the Maine Red Claws, Munford went for a career-high 41 points while adding six assists, five rebounds and four steals. He followed that up two days later with a 26-point and nine-assist outing against the Canton Charge. On Monday, he impressed with 31 points, five boards and five assists while knocking down 4-of-7 shots from 3-point range.
Ryan Arcidiacono, Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls)
The Villanova product continued his great play in the month of March, as he exploded for a career-high 31 points in Windy City’s tight contest with the Westchester Knicks on Friday. He also added eight assists, four steals and three rebounds.
Kay Felder, Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons)
The Oakland alumni has been pacing a Drive team that is on a three-game winning streak. Felder went for a big 24-point, eight-rebound and six-assist performance in Grand Rapids’ overtime victory over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Tuesday. He followed that up with a near double-double of 19 points and eight assists in the 112-102 win over the Erie BayHawks on Thursday.