Two-way players spend a large bulk of their time in the NBA G League, but are eligible for 45 days call-up time to their parent teams.
Players that fall in this category vary from rookies developing their skill-sets, to more established talents who spent the full four years at college and have been on two-way contracts for numerous seasons.
Either way, players on such contracts must have four or fewer years of NBA service.
Here are Call-Up’s top-5 two-way player power rankings for the 2019/20 campaign.
Frank Mason III
26-year-old, Frank Mason III, is in his third season in the professional ranks. After spending four years with the Kansas Jayhawks, Mason III was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 37th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
He averaged 7.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, in 18 minutes, throughout his debut campaign. But only featured in 38 games in his second season. Subsequently, Mason III was waived by the Kings in July 2019 and signed by the Milwaukee Bucks on a two-way contract shortly after.
In 23 G League games this season, Frank Mason III is averaging 26.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1.1 steals. This is on 50.4% shooting from the field and 42.5% from 3-point land. Additionally, he is 5.4 in plus/minus on the season.
Representing the Wisconsin Herd, Mason III was named the NBA G League Player of the Month for February. Throughout the month (9 games), he posted averages of 29.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.4 steals, on 55.8% shooting. In that period he had eight 20-point games, five 30-points outings, and one 40-point performance.
Marial Shayok, of the Philadelphia 76ers, was selected with the 54th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. After spending four years at the collegiate level, with the Virginia Cavaliers and the Iowa State Cyclones. He was soon signed to a two-way deal, and quickly made his mark in the G League.
He was named the G League Player of the Week on November 18. Through the week (3 games), Shayok posted averages of 35 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 3.7 assists, for the Delaware Blue Coats. Including a 42-point outing against the Greenboro Swarm.
On the season, the 24-year-old rookie is averaging 23 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. His shooting numbers stand at 45.4% from the field, and 35.6% from 3.
Shayok is sitting 2nd in overall G League scoring, with 805 points, and is in the top-15 in rebounding (204). His performances have earned him 2 NBA appearances with the 76ers. More will follow, for sure.
Considered somewhat a two-way veteran, Johnathan Motley is in his third season under such contract in the G League. He represented the Dallas Mavericks/Texas Legends in the 2017/18 campign, before signing with the Los Angeles Clippers/Agua Caliente Clippers in 2018. Where he remains.
Through 26 games, Motley is averaging 24 points, on 51.7% shooting. Converting at a 34.4% rate from downtown. As well as averaging 8.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1 block, per game.
In February, he was named to the NBA All-G League Mid-Season Team. At the end of January and throughout February, he had an impressive spell of scoring 30+ points in five straight games.
The high-energy forward has been called up to the Clippers on 13 occasions this season. Averaging 3.2 minutes, and recording 2.2 points per game.
After starting his career with the G League’s Lakeland Magic, NBA spells followed with the Atlanta Hawks and Sacramento Kings. Now, B.J. Johnson finds himself back in Florida splitting his time between Lakeland and Orlando, with the Magic on a two-way contract.
In the 2019/20 G League campaign, Johnson is posting impressive averages of 22.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 2.1 steals. As the Magic sit 15-13 on the season.
On January 4, the 24-year-old had a 35-point, 8-rebound outing against the Canton Charge. Impressively, the wing is converting at a 42.3% rate from downtown on the season, on 5.3 attempts per game.
Johnson has been named to the NBA All-G League Mid-Season Team, as well as the NBA G League Showcase Second Team.
The youngest player on this list, 22-year-old Kyle Guy was selected with the 55th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. He has been spending the season with the G League’s Stockton Kings, after signing a two-way contract.
Guy is most known for being part of the Virginia Cavaliers side that won the 2019 NCAA Championship, where he scored 24 points in the final.
He has brought his scoring antics to the G League too, scoring 42 points (8-16 3P) in a win against the Iowa Wolves back in December. This is tied with Marial Shayok for the most points this season. In addition, he knocked down seven 3-pointers in a 37-point outing against the Oklahoma City Blue in January.
Through 37 games, Guy is averaging 21.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.1 steals. From range, he is converting at a 40% rate, as the Kings are 23-14 in G League action.
Guy is joint 7th for the best 3-point percentage in the G League this season. He is in top spot for total 3-point shots made (142).
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