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Two-Way Tracker, Week 4: Boucher’s Dominance Continues

By Keith Schlosser | November 28, 2018

With the NBA G League season in full swing, many Two-Players have begun to assert their dominance on both ends of the floor. The better they play, the more likely it could be that they see their allocated 45 days up at the next level sooner than later. Here’s a look at which players put together a string of hot performances 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.

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THREE STANDOUTS

Los Angeles / Agua Caliente Clippers: Johnathan Motley Is In A League Of His Own

Currently averaging 24.9 points and 12.3 rebounds, Motley clearly separated himself from the pack with an NBA G League Player of the Week award this week. He’s the league’s top three defensive rebounder (9.5 per game) and as such, is always a threat to eliminate second chance points by the opponent whenever he hits the glass. This bruising big man uses his physical tools to gain an advantage down on the low block. At the same time, he displays a refinement in his game with 3.3 assists per contest, proving he can keep an eye out for open shooters around the perimeter from inside.

Raptors / Raptors 905: Chris Boucher Making His Case For Multiple Awards

Earlier this season, Boucher began to cement himself as a legitimate Defensive Player of the Year candidate — not to mention MVP. But as the Raptors 905 have put together a 7-3 record, it’s clear that Boucher’s efforts have made him a leading man on both ends of the floor. Look out Kristaps Porzingis, here comes another unicorn-like figure. Averaging 29.3 points and 4.1 blocks, the lengthy forward leads the NBA G League in both categories. While he’s a staple around the rim on defense, Boucher’s long-range prowess (he’s shooting 35% from deep) makes him a threat to score from all over. He’s currently riding a streak of three consecutive 30+ point games.

Boston Celtics / Maine Red Claws: Walter Lemon Jr.’s Experience Is Paying Off

Having played for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for two previous seasons, Lemon Jr. is no stranger to the NBA G League. Still, this is his first campaign as a Two-Way Player and he’s quickly showcasing that his past experience is paying big dividends. As the headliner for the Red Claws, the savvy floor general is averaging 23.5 points, 6.4 assists, and 4.4 rebounds. Simply put, he can do it all. His 2.6 steals are fourth best in the league and he’s strong finisher insider with an unselfish nature to help create paths for his teammates to cash in on high percentage looks. His maturity on both ends could be an asset for Boston, if and when they call upon him.

SHINING AT THE NEXT LEVEL:

New York / Westchester Knicks: Allonzo Trier Establishes Consistent Role In NBA

Whereas most Two-Way Players are still hungry for their glimpse at the NBA, Trier has gotten a nice helping of action up at the next level thus far. At this point, he’s a familiar face at the NBA. While he’s made headlines for four 20+ point performances this month, the fact of the matter is his consistent production off the bench has made him an appreciated piece in David Fizdale’s rotation. The guard is averaging 12 points and shooting 50% from the field and 46% from beyond the arc.

TWO-WAY PLAY OF THE WEEK:

Dallas Mavericks / Texas Legends: Kostas Antetokounmpo Gets Into The Holiday Spirit

After the Thanksgiving holiday passed, Antetokounmpo apparently didn’t think his opponent had enough stuffing at the dinner table. Sending this shot away into another area code was all in a night’s work for the high-flying youngster. After averaging 1.2 blocks during his sole collegiate campaign at Dayton, he’s averaging 1.9 rejections for the Legends this season.

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