See below for more information on Two-Way Players from the 2019-20 season.
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 2019-20 season.
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Waters before earning a Two-Way Contract with the Celtics spent two seasons playing at LSU, earning All-SEC First Team honors during his sophomore year and All-Freshman Team honors his rookie year. Waters was selected N. 51 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics averaging 15.3 points, 5.8 assists and 2.9 steals per game in his final season with the Tigers.
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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.
Strus (6-5, 215) averaged 20.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in his final year at DePaul University. He was named second team All-Big East Conference. In entering the 2019 NBA draft, he was placed on the Boston Celtics Summer League Roster. After originally having signed a Two-Way contract with Boston, the Celtics waived Strus which led to his Two-Way contract with the Bulls.
Wade, a former Wildcat averaged 14.8 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.7 APG & 1.2 SPG during his final two seasons at Kansas State and shot above 40% from beyond the arc in his final three seasons. Wade made his mark on Big 12 history as well, finishing third in conference history in offensive rating, 11th in true shooting percentage, 16th in defensive rebounds and 16th in effective field goal percentage.
Played college basketball at Southeast Missouri State, and started the 2017-18 season with the Santa Cruz Warriors before earning Gatorade Call-Up to the Mavericks in November. Averaged 13.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in six games for the Warriors before earning a two-way contract with Dallas. Was waived by the Mavericks and re-acquired by Santa Cruz in December.
Bone was selected No. 57 overall by the Detroit Pistons. The former Tennessee Volunteer ranked 2nd in the SEC in assists per game last season, 3rd in minutes played, 8th in field goals made and 10th in effective field goal percentage. He also finished his collegiate career ranked 10th in all-time SEC assist percentage. Bone helped Tennessee reach the Sweet 16 during his junior year and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in his final two seasons in Knoxville, playing alongside Boston Celtics 1st-Round pick Grant Williams and Washington Wizards 2nd-Round pick Admiral Schofield.
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Brian Bowen II was named a McDonald’s All-American as a senior in high school in 2017. Bowen spend a short period of time with Louisville before starting his professional career by signing and playing with the Sydney Kings of the Australian NBL. During the 2018-19 NBL season, Bowen played 30 games, averaging 6.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
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NML made his NBA debut during the 2017-18 season with the Utah Jazz, but spent most of his rookie season with the Salt Lake City Stars, where he averaged 18 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game on 37.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The athletic floor general will help run an efficient Stars offense this season with goals of finding a permanent spot on the Jazz roster.
As a two-way player for the Dallas Mavericks last season, Motley established himself as a 20P/10R threat before going on to experience NBA success with Dallas later on in the campaign. He averaged 8.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in 11 contests. As a senior at Baylor the year before, the big man logged 17.3 points and 9.9 rebounds.
Hailing from a successful basketball family, Antetokounmpo will look to follow in the footsteps of his brothers NBA All-Star Giannis and G League All-Defensive Second Team (2015) member Thanasis. The younger Antetokounmpo has great length and athleticism on the defensive end, as evidenced by his 1.1 blocks per game as a freshman at Dayton.
Vincent signed a Two-Way contract with the Miami Heat and joined the Sioux Falls Skyforce after beginning the 2019-20 season with the Stockton Kings. Known for his sharpshooting, the guard is averaging 21.1 points and shooting 40% from downtown through 29 contests. Earlier in the campaign, he was named to the All NBA G League Midseason Team.
Watanabe became just the second Japanese-born player ever to play in an NBA regular season game, making his debut on October 27, 2018. Watanabe is a rookie and was the 2018 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year during his senior campaign with George Washington University, recording a collegiate-high 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.
Mason was the starting point guard when he attended the University of Kansas. During the 2016-17 season, he was named National Player of the Year. As a senior, he became the first player in Big 12 history to average 20 points and 5 assists per game during the regular season. Mason was drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the 34th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
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At 20 years old, Dort is taking the NBA G League by storm in his first year as a pro following a strong collegiate freshman campaign. In his lone season at Arizona State, the versatile talent amassed many honors. He was named to the All-Pac-12 Second Team, the All-Pac-12 All Freshman and Defensive Teams, and emerged as the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
Signing a Two-Way contract midseason in 2019-20, Hervey was rewarded for his continued prowess during his second season with the Blue. Prior to turning pro, the forward was the Sun Belt Player of the Year in 2017 and earned First-Team All-Sun Belt honors in both 2017 and 2018 with Texas–Arlington.
As a Two-Way Player, Law is in his first pro season after averaging 11.5 points and 5.7 rebounds through 125 collegiate games with Northwestern. In 2017, he earned Big Ten All-Defensive Team honors and is rapidly becoming known as a reliable 3 and D product as part of the Magic organization.
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Making his mark in the NBA G League, Shayok was named the league's first Player of the Week of the 2019-20 season. Such success should come as no surprise following a strong finish to his collegiate career. He averaged 18.7 points per game on a 50/3988 shooting clip as a senior with Iowa State in 2018-19.
Whether it's high-flying acrobatics or eye-popping blocks, Owens is known for it all. He joined the Suns as a Two-Way Player midseason in 2019-20 after earning his keep on a standard NBA G League contract. Well recognized for his defensive efforts, the big man earned Big 12 All-Defensive Team honors back in 2019 with Texas Tech.
Hoard will play out this season as a flex-assignee after signing with the Portland Trail Blazers. Before turning pro, this physical specimen proved to be the aggressor down low offensively and had a strong freshman campaign for Wake Forest. He averaged 13.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in 2018-19.
Brown will play out this season as a flex-assignee after signing with the Portland Trail Blazers. He made a strong impression as a freshman at UCLA in 2018-19, garnering positive attention. He averaged 10 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, good enough to be named to the Pac-12 All Freshman Team.
This sharpshooter continues to make it rain in the NBA G League after leading Virginia to the NCAA title in 2019. As a junior last season, he averaged 15.4 points per game and shot 43% from deep. Guy has been known for his high scoring explosions and he's certainly brought that prowess to the next level.
Eubanks spent three seasons at Oregon State before declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft, where he would go undrafted. The Beavers-product finished his career as one of only two players in OSU history to record 1,000+ career points, 600+ rebounds and 150+ blocked shots. Eubanks finished 1st in the Pac 12 in field-goal percentage (62.4%) during the 2017-18 season and is ranked 5th in Pac 12 history in effective field goal percentage (59.8%).
Initially known as a 3 and D athlete, Watson has been taking his game to the next level during the 2019-20 season. No longer merely a catch and shoot swingman, he has demonstrated more of an ability to put the ball on the floor and find his way inside for high-percentage looks. Before reaching the NBA, Watson was the Mountain West Freshman of the Year in 2014 with Fresno State.
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Williams comes to the Capital City Go-Go fresh off of back-to-back All-West Coast Conference First Team selections with Gonzaga during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 NCAA seasons. The rookie forward averaged a career-best 13.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game on 56.5 percent shooting from the field during his junior and final season at Gonzaga. Williams offers an intriguing combination of length, athleticism and shooting.