On July 30, the NBA season will resume in Orlando. Following a suspension that has been in effect since March 11, as the COVID-19 pandemic shook the world.
22 of the NBA’s 30 teams will travel to Disney World in Orlando to battle it out for the ultimate prize, an NBA Championship. 8 games will remain of the 2019-20 regular season before the post-season commences. Prior to all of that, however, will be scrimmage games between July 22-28.
With some players opting not to take part in the resumption of the season, and injuries taking a toll on others, many G League players will receive NBA opportunities in Orlando. Whether this be through time on two-way contracts or straight call-ups.
Each NBA roster already has 2 two-way contract slots. But here are some G League players that have officially put pen to paper with teams ahead of the resumption of the season.
Adams represented the Wisconsin Herd through the 2019-20 G League season. Where, in 34 contests, he averaged 20.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.7 steals. Shooting 48.7% from the field, and at a 40.1% rate from downtown. He was part of a Herd side that finished the season with a league-best 33-10 record.
The 24-year-old’s performances earned him a selection to the 2019-20 All-NBA G League First Team. Additionally, he finished second in G League MVP voting.
Cameron Payne has bounced around in his short 5-year NBA career so far. Putting on the colors of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Toronto Raptors. With time at the Oklahoma City Blue and Windy City Bulls, sandwiched in-between.
In addition, he had a short stint in China between November 2019 and January 2020. Before, most recently, spending time with the Texas Legends in the G League. Where in 15 games, he averaged 23.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 2.1 steals per game, on 48.6% shooting.
The 25-year-old’s G League performances earned him a seat on the plane to Orlando, as he has now signed a 2-year deal with the Phoenix Suns.
Another player that has bounced around the NBA is 23-year-old PJ Dozier. He’s represented the Oklahoma City Thunder and Boston Celtics, as well as their G League affiliates. Most recently, he was with the Denver Nuggets on a two-way contract. Where he spent 18 games on assignment with the Windy City Bulls in NBA’s minor league.
In those games, he averaged 21.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 1.6 steals. His 7.3 assists were good for the 6th-highest in the entire G League.
This has led to the Nuggets promoting Dozier to a full NBA contract to fill their final roster spot.
Rookie Tyler Cook has had multiple moves this season. After signing a two-way contract with the Denver Nuggets back in August and being waived in October, he found himself with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a two-way deal. On January 3, the Cavaliers promoted Cook to a standard NBA contract but waived him just 3 days later.
On January 9, he re-signed with the Cavaliers on a 10-day contract and was assigned to the Canton Charge in the G League. He signed a second 10-day contract, but his contract was not renewed as it expired. He then rejoined the Canton Charge.
On February 16, the Oklahoma City Blue acquired Cook in a trade. Where he remained for the remainder of the 2019-20 G League season. In that time (7 games), he averaged 11.6 points, 5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists with the Blue, on 52.7% shooting. In 22 contests with the Canton Charge, Cook averaged 13.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists. Converting at a 59.1% rate from the field.
The 22-year-old power forward’s most recent move was signing a two-way contract with the Denver Nuggets ahead of the resumption of the season on July 30. What a rookie season it’s been for Tyler Cook to date.
One of the reinforcements that the depleted Brooklyn Nets have brought in is 26-year-old Justin Anderson from the Long Island Nets. Anderson has previously represented the Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers, and Atlanta Hawks in the NBA. As well as the Texas Legends and Raptors 905 in the G League.
The 2019-20 season has certainly been an entertaining one for Anderson. He started the campaign with the Raptors 905 of the G League, before being called up to the Brooklyn Nets on a 10-day contract on January 6. He then returned to the Raptors 905 upon the expiry of his Nets contract but was then traded to the Nets’ G League affiliate on January 21. Now, the Nets have opted to give him another NBA opportunity as a substitute player for the Orlando restart.
This past season with the Raptors and Nets in the G League, Anderson averaged 20.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.1 steals, in 31 contests. This earned him 2019-20 All-NBA G League Third Team honors.
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