NBA G League Playoffs: Best Two-Way Players From The Postseason
As we end the season and after an exciting NBA G League Playoffs, a handful of two-way players got a chance to extend their minor-league campaigns. Here are five players that impressed during this year’s postseason.
NBA G League 101: Two-Way Contracts
Beginning in the 2017 offseason, NBA rosters expanded from 15 to 17 players with the addition of two spots for players under “Two-Way Contracts.”
NBA teams may have up to two players under NBA Two-Way Contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and no more than 45 days with their NBA team. Two-Way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players with four or fewer years of NBA service are able to sign Two-Way Contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.
NBAGLeague.com’s Two-Way Tracker will bring you all you need to know about the league’s top prospects throughout the 2017-18 season.
A college player at Kansas, Nebraska, and Syracuse, white first got his chance in NBA Summer League with the Cleveland Cavaliers, before signing to play with the Maine Red Claws in the NBA G League to start the year. On Jan. 15, after an impressive showing at NBA G League Showcase, White received a GATORADE Call-Up to the Atlanta Hawks on a two-way contract.
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A former North Carolina Tar Heel, Paige was selected by the Brooklyn Nets with the 55th pick in 2016 NBA draft and was traded to the Utah Jazz in a deal agreed upon before the pick. The 6-foot-2, 164-pound guard has jumped around NBA teams before landing with the Hornets, gaining valuable experience along the way.
A 3-and-D wing who is signed to a two-way contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers this year. Holland spent four seasons overseas before joining the Canton Charge of the G League last season and earning Call-Up to Boston Celtics. Holland was the G League Impact Player of the Year last season, where he totaled 22.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in 37 games (all starts). He earned America East Player of the Year honors as senior at Boston University.
A Detroit native, Felder played collegiately at Oakland University for three seasons and averaged 17.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.8 assists in 101 games. The former Pershing High School product earned NCAA All-America honors from The Associated Press during his junior season at Oakland (2015-16) where he averaged 24.4 points, and NCAA-leading 9.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 35 games.
Hearn, 6-5, 210, played in 14 games (10 starts) with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA G League this season and averaged 14.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 30.7 minutes per game before being called up to the Pistons. The former Northwestern University product has played in 175 NBA G League games with the Idaho Stampede, Westchester Knicks and Bighorns averaging 10.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 26.7 minutes per game.
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After being one of the most productive players in the NBA G League to begin the season, Wallace earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the L.A. Clippers. Wallace, who played college basketball at Cal, averaged 22.8 points, 6 rebounds and 5.4 assists at the G League level before being called up.
Simmons (6-4, 170) appeared in 37 games (19 starts) and averaged 8.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 23.5 minutes last season as a freshman at the University of Arizona. The 19-year-old was named a 2015-16 McDonald’s All-American and the 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Player of the Year as a senior at St. Francis High School in Alpharetta, Ga.
Walton averaged 10.0 points, 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 20.5 minutes while shooting 46.9 percent (15-of-32) from the field, 50 percent (6-of-12) from three-point range and 66.7 percent (4-of-6) from the foul line in Summer League play. His 50 percent shooting from downtown tied for the third-highest during the Orlando Summer League with a minimum of 10 attempts.
The 7-0 center went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft out of Duke, but made 21 appearances (one start) for the New York Knicks in 2016-17, averaging 1.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 8.1 minutes per game. Plumlee also played 15 games (all starts) with the Knicks’ G League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks, last season where he averaged 12.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest.
The 6-5, 196 lb. guard was a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves' 2017 Summer League team. A product of the University of Dayton, Cooke led the Flyers in both scoring (15.8) and rebounding (5.1) during his senior season, while being named to the Second Team All-Atlantic 10 and the Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team.
Kornet, 7-1, 250 lbs., averaged 8.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over 24.1 minutes in 128 games during his four-year career at Vanderbilt University. He holds the NCAA record for 3-pointers made by a 7-footer with 150, and is the Commodores’ all-time leading shot blocker with 210.
Artis played in 135 career games (98 starts) during four years at the University of Pittsburgh, averaging 12.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 27.6 minutes per game, while shooting 37.8 percent from 3-point range. He finished his career as one of only three players in Pitt history to record at least 1,600 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists.
As one of the top G League players to start the year with the Wisconsin Herd, Young earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the Philadelphia 76ers, and made his debut with the G League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers, in Delaware's first game at 2018 NBA G League Showcase. Young was named the G League Performer of the Week after a 34.5 PPG, 7.5 RPG and 62.5 FG% week in November.
Former Notre Dame standout; ranked second in NBA G League in rebounding in 2014-15 (12.4), including single-game league record of 29 on March 13, 2015 and earned rest-of-season Call-Up to Jazz. Last season, Cooley also spent some of his time playing with the German club MHP Risen Ludwigsburg, tallying 13.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in 37 games. He led his club team in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage (.569).
On July 29, 2017, Sampson signed to a two-way contract with Sacramento Kings and per terms of the deal will spend the 2017-18 season splitting time between the Kings and their G League affiliate, the Bighorns. Appeared in 147 NBA games over past two seasons with Sixers and Grizzlies after going undrafted in 2014; bouncy, defensive-minded combo forward. Sampson was named as an NBA G League All-Star 2017 with the Iowa Energy. He averaged 15.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 1.3 ap in 47 games (22 starts) with Iowa.
Young, a 6-9, 235-lb. forward, went undrafted out of the University of Pittsburgh, where he averaged 19.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Third Team in both 2016 and 2017 and finished his collegiate career ranked seventh in school history in scoring (1,835).