Following part 1 of “G League Players Set to Receive NBA Opportunities”, we’re here with part 2. Featuring more G League names that are set to receive NBA opportunities as the season restart rapidly approaches.
With some NBA players opting to not take part in the resumption of the season, along with injuries, it presents a perfect opportunity for some G League talent to prove their worth. 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 signed with teams ahead of the resumption of the season.
Jerian Grant was selected with the 19th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Since, he’s spent time with the Chicago Bulls and the Orlando Magic, via the Windy City Bulls in the then D League. Ahead of the 2019-20 season, Grant had fallen out of the NBA and signed with the Capital City Go-Go of the G League.
In 39 games with Capital City, the 27-year-old combo guard averaged 16.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.4 steals. Whilst converting at a 44.1% rate from downtown. His shooting percentage from 3 was the 8th-highest in the league.
This has led the Go-Go’s parent team, the Washington Wizards, capturing Grant’s signature for the remainder of the 2019-20 season in Orlando.
For the entirety of the 2019-20 season, rookie Luguentz Dort has been on a two-way contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Splitting his time between the Thunder in the NBA and the Oklahoma City Blue in the G League.
He’s actually spent more time in the NBA than the G League throughout the season. For the Blue he’s played in 13 games, averaging 19.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.1 steals. He has featured in 29 NBA games (21 starts) with the Thunder. Posting averages of 6.2 points and 1.9 rebounds.
The Thunder clearly see a future for the 21-year-old guard at the top level, as they’ve now signed him to a multi-year NBA contract.
Another reinforcement that the Brooklyn Nets are adding to their depleted roster is 22-year-old rookie Donta Hall.
The versatile big spent the majority of the 2019-20 campaign with the Grand Rapids Drive of the G League. Averaging 15.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1.4 blocks, in 38 games. Hall features heavily on the G League season leaders lists. Sitting 2nd in offensive rebounds (157), 5th in defensive rebounds (246), and 3rd in total rebounds (403).
In addition, his 66.9% field goal percentage was the 8th-best in the league and his player efficiency rating sat at 5th-best (25.5). If that wasn’t enough, he topped the G League in offensive rating (134.1) and was the 4th highest in defensive rating (103.6).
His performances earned him G League All-Rookie Team and All-NBA G League Second Team honors.
On February 22, he received an NBA opportunity with the Detroit Pistons, signing a 10-day contract. He did sign a second 10-day deal, but the Pistons opted to not keep him upon its expiry. In 4 NBA contests, he averaged 1.5 points and 3.8 rebounds, in 12 minutes per game.
The Brooklyn Nets appear to be prepared to give Donta Hall another NBA opportunity. As he will get a chance to shine in Orlando.
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