The new year has officially ushered in some new faces on the Two-Way Tracker, as as a couple of prized prospects put exclamation points on their 2018’s and have already shown no signs of slowing down into January. One youngster has found increased comfort in the NBA, whereas another continues to cement his place as one of the NBA G League’s top rebounders. After turning heads as an impressive dunker, one last Two-Way Player is finding other ways to create highlights.
Here’s a look at the five top talents of the week.
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PJ Dozier, Boston Celtics / Maine Red Claws: Making Vast Improvements From Last Season
Dozier can be considered a rising star among Two-Way Players thanks to his most recent progress. He ended 2018 on a high note, scoring a career-high 37 points during the Red Claws’ final game (and win) of the year. Over his last six games, the combo guard is averaging an ever so versatile 24.2 points, 8.7 assists, 7.3 rebounds. Once regarded as a savvy defensive specialist, Dozier has taken his game to the next level in his second season as a Two-Way Player. He’s now a commanding floor general who can attack the defense and create offense not only for himself, but teammates as well. If keeps this up, Dozier could be in line for Most Improved Player honors.
Angel Delgado, LA / Agua Caliente Clippers: Positioned Down Low, This Man Is Flying High
With the likes of Chris Boucher and Yante Maten not appearing at the Winter Showcase (after being transferred to their NBA teams), Delgado assumed center stage as a headliner in Las Vegas and didn’t disappoint under the bright lights. He’s continued rolling into the new year, piecing together massive double-doubles, one after another. He grabbed 19 rebounds in his team’s New Year’s Day victory, and is averaging a league second-best 13.6 on the season. As Delgado continues to serve as a beast on the boards, his other efforts are rising with 14.8 points and 3.0 blocks per contest in his last five.
Ben Moore, San Antonio / Austin Spurs: Proving He’s Up To Any Challenge
At 6’8″ and 220 pounds, Moore has been quick to surprise the opposition with his physicality as he muscles his way inside against fours and fives. Not one to back down from imposing challenges, the 23 year old has a streak of four straight double-doubles going, tallying 14.5 points and 12.8 boards per contest. Moore’s been especially aggressively on the offensive glass and often stays alert when finding teammates sweeping to the basket and keeping second chance opportunities alive. He’s dished out three assists in each of the last four games, ensuring that his efforts under the basket aren’t in vain.
SHINING AT THE NEXT LEVEL
Jaron Blossomgame, Cleveland Cavaliers / Canton Charge: Blossoming On the NBA Stage
A midseason Two-Way contract acquisition, Blossomgame has made quick work of getting comfortable in Cleveland. He’s found his niche as a pesky defender and athletic finisher, subsequently earning key minutes in the Cavaliers’ rotation. In his final seven games of 2018, the guard logged 19 minutes or more. Blossomgame doesn’t always put up the most jaw-dropping numbers (he averaged 5.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in that span to end the year), but there’s more than meets the eye with this high-flyer. He’s gained the trust of head coach Larry Drew, holding his own defensively at the next level.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) December 29, 2018
TWO-WAY PLAY OF THE WEEK
Troy Williams, Sacramento / Stockton Kings: A Human Highlight Film Finds Another Way To Turn Heads
As a Two-Way Player for the Kings, this former NBA G League Slam Dunk Champion is using these added development opportunities to expand his game, as evidenced below. He’s now an evolving 3-and-D guy who can absorb contact, draw fouls, and sometimes, show that he deserves that lucky bounce.