Through the most recent week of NBA G League action, a reigning Player of the Week’s continued success suggests he’ll have some staying power, though other impressive talents are beginning to nip at his heels. Here’s a look at which Two-Way Players have found increased comfort zones as of late.
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Celtics / Red Claws: A Past Player of The Week Continues His Dominance
Waters accomplished a big feat this past week, rising as the NBA G League’s second Player of the Week of the season. His contributions to the Red Claws’ winning ways (7-2) has been key. Standing tall as a steady floor general, there’s no doubt that there’s been plenty of evidence of this across the box score each and every night. In two contests last week, the 21-year-old averaged 25 points, 8.5 assists, and 2.5 steals. He also happened to make his NBA debut on November 25, tallying 7 points, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal during a Celtics’ victory. Waters is getting used to that winning feeling.
BayHawks / Pelicans: A Top Scorer Adjusting To What The Defense Gives Him
Just when you think Josh Gray can’t get any hotter, he starts to mix things up and beat defenders in different ways. The NBA G League’s leading scorer at 31 points per game has been attracting more attention as of late, and rightfully so. In his last three games, the guard has averaged 27.3 points. While that represents an ever small decline from his previous numbers, it’s worth noting that Gray continues to absorb the contact and get his teammates involved as well. In addition to flexing his scoring prowess, the sharpshooter also averaged 10.3 assists and 3 steals over that same span. He’s an absolute hound who wants the ball in his hands at all times because he can make things happen.
Hawks / Skyhawks: A Shooting Guard Who Is Rising Up To Crash The Glass
Speaking of double-doubles, Charlie Brown Jr. is rapidly becoming a constant threat to tally one up every time he hits the hardwood. In his last three games, he’s proven to be someone who leaves his fingerprints everywhere. Brown Jr. has averaged 25 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block over that span. What’s more, he’s knocked down at least three shots from deep in each contest, good for 56%. He keeps the opposing defense honest, and his aggressiveness in crashing the boards for a 6’7″ swingman is quite impressive.
a 💪 all-around effort from #2WayPlayer @CharlieKBrownJr
— NBA G League (@nbagleague) December 1, 2019
SHINING AT THE NEXT LEVEL
76ers / Blue Coats: An Impressive NBA Debut From An NBA G League Veteran
At 26 years old and with parts of four NBA G League seasons under his belt, Norvel Pelle made his long-awaited NBA debut against the Knicks on November 29. It should come as no surprise that the 6’10” big man — who was a top-three finisher in Defensive Player of the Year award voting last season — came up with 4 blocks at the next level when it was finally his time to shine. Matching up against next level competition proved to be no problem for someone who has always served as an imposing defensive force around the rim.
— NBA G League (@nbagleague) November 30, 2019
TWO-WAY PLAY OF THE WEEK
Nuggets / Bulls: A Guard Who Covers Both Sides Of The Coin
No stranger to getting things done on both ends of the floor, the feisty PJ Dozier came up with a key deflection and sprinted down court to help turn defense into offense with this strong alley-oop dunk on November 29.