With the NBA G League Winter Showcase now in the rearview mirror, Two-Way Players across the NBA G League are eagerly awaiting more time up at the next level. For some of the most successful athletes, they can only hope that a strong showing in Las Vegas helped them dance and prance their way into the minds of big-league decision-makers moving forward. The Showcase may have allowed them to become fresh in such executives’ memories, but it’s up to the players to continue playing well and hope they stay on the radar as NBA teams look for reinforcements (even internal ones, of course) well into the New Year.
Here’s a look at who may be deserving of such consideration sooner than later.
Orlando / Lakeland Magic: BJ Johnson Carries Showcase Scoring Momentum Into New Year
BJ Johnson was already seen shooting the lights out in Las Vegas during the NBA G League Winter Showcase, and it appears as though he’s only carried that momentum with him upon returning home and into the New Year. The impressive marksman has been one of the minor league’s top-performing players as of late, leading Lakeland to two victories in their last three contests. Over that same span, Johnson averaged 31.3 points on 53% shooting and 47% from deep. It’s worth noting that Johnson hasn’t scored fewer than 25 points in a game since December 10.
Celtics / Red Claws: Tacko Fall Letting Strong Rebounding Skills Translate Into Easy Offense
Fall has stood tall as one of the best rebounders in the NBA G League all season and is showing no signs of slowing down. He pulled down a season-high 18 rebounds on December 29, and has averaged 14.3 points, 13.3 boards, and 4.3 blocks in his last four games. When he’s not crashing the glass, Fall has been seen exhibiting some decent footwork under the hoop. He’s not necessarily a primary option on offense, but there’s no doubt he serves as a constant threat to score whenever his teammates find him down low. The young talent has shot 79% from the field over that same aforementioned span while leading Maine to a 3-1 record.
Los Angeles / South Bay Lakers: Devontae Cacok’s Game Keeps Growing After NBA Call-Up
Cacok had an exceptional month of December, headlined by an NBA Call-Up upon signing a Two-Way contract with the Lakers. His efforts have undoubtedly been recognized, but even that hasn’t been enough to please him. This strong athlete has been a man on a mission in recent contests, logging 21.3 points and 12.8 rebounds per game in his past four games. He’s an high-flying dunker who entertains crowds with his unique moves, all while producing at an efficient rate.
SHINING AT THE NEXT LEVEL
Golden State / Santa Cruz Warriors: Damion Lee Contributes To Warriors’ Resurgence
Since returning from an injury that sidelined him for a decent amount of time, Lee has undoubtedly given Golden State an injection of life. As the Warriors have looked to resume some of their well known winning ways, Lee has scored in double-figures in his last eight games, helping his team to a 4-4 record. Clearly catching hot from the field, the 27-year-old has averaged 16.8 points over this strong streak for his team. As his 45 allocated days inch closer and closer to their end, Lee is making himself invaluable in the NBA.
— Santa Cruz Warriors (@GLeagueWarriors) December 27, 2019
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Pacers / Mad Ants: Brian Bowen II Takes Flight For The Strong Finish
Bowen II darted inside, despite the imposing defense, and slammed in the one-handed throw-down.