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.
Goodwin played college basketball at UCF and Florida Gulf Coast, being named the 2018 Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year with FGCU. As a rookie, Goodwin earned an NBA Call-Up to the Denver Nuggets on a Two-Way Contract, after averaging 23.4 points per game in 10 games with the Memphis Hustle.
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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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Ellenson played one season for Marquette before being drafted by the Pistons, 18th overall in the 1st round of the 2016 NBA draft. While at Marquette Ellenson averaged a near double-double with 17 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. His performance earned him All-Big East First Team, Big East All-Freshman Team, and Big East Freshman of the Year Honors. After multiple assignments with Grand Rapids Drive, G League Affiliate to the Pistons, Ellenson spent a short time with the Knicks, performing well at Summer League, ultimately landing him a Two-Way Contract with the Brooklyn Nets for this season.
Franks, a former Washington State Cougar, averaged a conference-best 21.6 points per game, 7.2 rebounding average per game, and was named first team All-Pac-12 his senior year. Post his collegiate career Franks participated in the NBA G League Elite Camp before entering the 2019 NBA Draft, earning himself a spot on the Greensboro Swarm Roster.
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.
Lee returns to Santa Cruz Warriors for his second season, this time on a two-way contract. After starting last campaign with Santa Cruz, Lee was called up to the Atlanta Hawks and made the most of his time at the NBA level. The former Louisville Cardinal averaged 10.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.3 steals through fifteen games with Atlanta.
Bowman spent three seasons at Boston College before declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. He earned Second Team All-ACC honors this past season and was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team in 2017. Bowman led the NCAA with 39.4 minutes per game during the 2018-19 season. He also ranked fourth in the ACC in points per game (19) and 3-point percentage (37.4%) during his senior year. Bowman recorded 6 games of 25 points or more during the 2018-19 season and notched 37+ points on 3 different occasions. He also posted 8 double-doubles last season, including 3 with at least 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Clemons spent four years at Campbell University, where he was named Preseason Big South Player of the Year. Mid-season he became the all-time leading scorer in Big South history. Clemons joined the Houston Rockets for the 2019 NBA Summer League where they appointed him a two-way-player.
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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.
Macon comes to Texas with the ability to make it rain after leading the SEC in 3-point shooting at 44% during the 2017-18 season. The guard also averaged 16.8 points and 3.9 assists as a senior Arkansas Razorback and now looks to bring high octane offensive skills to the Texas Legends.
Silva is a Gabonese professional basketball player. Silva went to the University of South Carolina where in 2018 Silva won SEC Co-Defensive player of the year, was First-team All-SEC and was named to the All-Defensive team. He averaged 14.3 points and 8 rebounds per game as a junior and shot 46.7 percent from the floor.
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.
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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%).
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