As the 2020-21 season approaches, fans are patiently waiting to get a full glimpse of the new G League Ignite team for elite prospects. To date, there have been a couple of closed-door scrimmage clips shared on social media. But nothing more.
In December, it has been reported that two scrimmages will be streamed. Showing the Ignite team taking on G League alumni.
All eyes are on the likes of Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Kai Sotto, and the other elite prospects. Although, the Ignite team does feature a host of veteran players too. Who were brought in with the aim of mentoring the prospects, and getting some game time themselves.
Let’s take a look at the veteran players on the G League Ignite team.
Now 33-years-old, Amir Johnson, has had a fruitful career to date. Making 870 NBA appearances between 2005-19 for the Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, and Philadelphia 76ers.
He has made 54 NBA playoff appearances also, and was part of the 2017 Celtics that made a deep postseason run to the Eastern Conference Finals.
In February 2019, the versatile big voluntarily played for the Delaware Blue Coats in the G League, after not receiving playing time for the 76ers. In 2 games, he posted averages of 14 points and 6 rebounds (63.2% FG, 50% 3P).
Prior G League experience came in 2006, when he suited up for the Fayetteville Patriots. In 2007, he featured for the Sioux Falls Skyforce as well.
Guard Bobby Brown is another player that holds bags of experience. Between 2008 and 2018, he made 158 NBA appearances. Showing out for the Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Clippers, and Houston Rockets.
His career started with Alba Berlin in Germany. Since, he has played all over the world. In Poland, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Montenegro, and China. Winning championships in Germany (2008) and Italy (2013).
Brown, now 36-years-old, last played for PAOK Thessaloniki in 2020 (12.1 PPG). Before agreeing to join the G League Ignite team as a veteran, marking his return stateside.
Reggie Hearn is a veteran in the G League circles. He has made over 270 appearances for the Idaho Stampede, Reno Bighorns, Grand Rapids Drive, Stockton Kings, and most recently, the South Bay Lakers.
In 2018, he was rewarded with an NBA opportunity with the Detroit Pistons, where he signed a two-way contract. He went onto make 3 NBA appearances in the second-half of the 2017-18 campaign.
The 29-year-old guard is still a very capable contributor to any G League roster. In the 2019-20 season (South Bay Lakers), Hearn averaged 12.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. From deep, he is a career 40.4% three-point shooter.
Forward Brandon Ashley is one of the younger veterans on the Ignite team. At 26-years-old, his career started out with the Texas Legends in the G League (2015-16). Before moving over to Alba Berlin in Germany.
He returned to the G League for the 2017-18 season, again for the Texas Legends. Where he averaged 16.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.3 blocks, in 45 games.
Since then, he has had spells in Cyprus and New Zealand (10.9 PPG). Before opting to sign for the G League Ignite team ahead of the 2020-21 season.
Guard Cody Demps, who is also 26-years-old, is already a G League veteran. Having made 136 appearances since the 2017-18 season, for the Reno Bighorns and Stockton Kings.
Demps played for the Sacramento Kings in the 2018 NBA Summer League and for the Indiana Pacers in the 2019 NBA Summer League. In the 2019-20 G League season, for the Stockton Kings, he averaged 14.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.1 steals. On 43.6% shooting from the field, 37.2% from beyond the arc.
Being a “young veteran”, Demps will be able to offer valuable insight to the prospects. While also developing further himself, with the likes of Amir Johnson and Bobby Brown on the roster.
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