G League

Breaking Down Each Selection in the 2020-21 NBA G League Draft

On January 11, 2021, the NBA G League Draft was held ahead of the Orlando bubble in February. The drafted consisted of 57-picks over 3-rounds.

A host of big names were draft eligible, but most fell undrafted. Including the likes of Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley, and LiAngelo Ball. Who will now enter a free agency pool. along with the other undrafted players.

Should teams have roster availability, they will be free to sign who they wish from free agency. However, many teams did pass on their second round picks and were unable to select in the third due to rosters already being filled.

Only 25 players ended up being selected in the 57-pick draft, this was with circa 200 draft eligible players being up for grabs.

Let’s take a look at the 25 players that were selected in the 2020-21 G League Draft.

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#1: Admiral Schofield, Greensboro Swarm

London-born Admiral Schofield was selected with the 1st overall pick in the 2020-21 G League Draft. The 23-year-old spent 4 years at the University of Tennessee, before signing a contract with the Washington Wizards for the 2019-20 season.

Playing as a guard/forward, Schofield averaged 3 points and 1.4 rebounds through 33 NBA contests as a rookie. He was assigned to the G League as well, where he recorded averages of 16 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2 assists in 33 games for the Capital City Go-Go.

#2: Freddie Gillespie, Memphis Hustle

23-year-old Freddie Gillespie is another who played 4 seasons at college. Where he represented the Carleton Knights between 2015-17 and the Baylor Bears between 2017-20 (2017-18 as a redshirt).

During his final season with Baylor, the 6-foot-9 forward averaged 9.6 points, 9 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 2.2 blocks. His performances earned him Big 12 Most Improved Player, Second-team All-Big 12, and Big 12 All-Defensive Team honors.

#3: Antonio Blakeney, Canton Charge

Antonio Blakeney is already a seasoned professional, having spent 2 seasons with the Chicago Bulls between 2017-19. He won the 2018 G League Rookie of the Year award, whilst playing for the Windy City Bulls as part of his two-way contract.

As a sophomore, he earned a full NBA contract with the Bulls, where he averaged 7.3 points through 57 games, before heading to China for the 2019-20 season with the Jiangsu Dragons. During his time with the Dragons, he posted averages of 34.9 points, 8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.6 steals.

#4: Allonzo Trier, Iowa Wolves

Allonzo Trier has plenty of experience in the NBA as well. Having showed out 88 times for the New York Knicks during his first two seasons as a professional (2018-20), despite initially going undrafted. As a rookie he averaged 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists through 64 games, whilst shooting 39.4% from 3-point land.

During his second season, as he saw his minutes slashed, Trier averaged 6.5 points, 1.2 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 24 games. He was then waived in the off-season of 2020.

#5: Tahjere McCall, Lakeland Magic

After going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft, guard Tahjere McCall signed with the Long Island Nets in the G League. During his two seasons with Long Island, the 26-year-old featured 70 times. At the back-end of the 2018-19 season, McCall earned a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA, where he played in 1 game (4 pts, 1 reb).

Despite impressing with the Atlanta Hawks in the 2019-20 NBA Summer League, McCall found himself back in the G League in his third season as a professional. Where he averaged 12.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.7 steals in 42 games for the College Park Skyhawks.

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#6: Anthony Lamb, Canton Charge

Anthony Lamb is fresh out of college, having spent 4 seasons with the Vermont Catamounts. During his time with Vermont, the forward featured in 118 contests, with averages of 16.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.4 blocks.

He had an accomplished college career, picking up the America East Player of the Year award and being named to the First-team All-America East team in 2019 and 2020. Additionally, he was named America East Rookie of the Year in 2017 and earned MVP honors in the America East Tournament in 2017 and 2019.

#7: Zavier Simpson, Oklahoma City Blue

Another player coming out of college is Zavier Simpson, who became just the fourth player in Michigan Wolverines history to surpass 1,000 career points and 500 career assists. This was as he averaged 12.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 7.9 assists, and 1 steal per game as a senior. With Michigan he made 146 appearances between 2016-20.

He was named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team in 2019 and to the Second-team All-Big Ten in 2019 and 2020. After going undrafted in the 2020 NBA Draft, the 23-year-old was picked up by the Los Angeles Lakers on a training camp deal, but was later waived. Now, he finds himself selected in the G League Draft by the Blue.

#8 DJ Hogg, Lakeland Magic

24-year-old DJ Hogg has spent the first two seasons in his professional career in the G League. For the 2018-19 season, he represented the Delaware Blue Coats and in 2019-20 he showed out for the Wisconsin Herd.

On a stacked Herd roster, the forward played 42 games with averages of 11 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1 block. He shot 48.9% from the field and 40.1% from downtown.

#9: Justin Patton, Westchester Knicks

6-foot-11 center Justin Patton holds a ton of professional experience at just 23-years-old. Having already featured for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers, and Oklahoma City Thunder (and their affiliates). As well as the Wisconsin Herd in the G League.

He spent the 2019-20 season split between the Okahoma City Blue and the Herd. Posting averages of 12.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 3.2 blocks in 30 games through the campaign.

#10: Armoni Brooks, Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Armoni Brooks spent 3 seasons with the Houston Cougars at the collegiate level, before representing the College Park Skyhawks in the G League during the 2019-20 season. Through 42 contests for the Skyhawks, he averaged 10.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists.

The 22-year-old guard is a sharpshooter from deep. In 100 appearances at college he shot 39.7% from 3-point land and in the G League last season he converted at a 40.1% rate.

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#11: Kevon Harris, Raptors 905

Kevon Harris, a 23-year-old shooting guard out of Stephen F. Austin State University, is making the step up to the professional ranks. After initally declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft, Harris returned to college and became Stephen F. Austin’s all-time leading scorer at the Division 1 level.

As a senior, he averaged 17.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.5 steals. This was on 41.3% shooting from 3. Harris was named the 2020 Southland Conference Player of the Year and was selected to the First-team All-Southland roster.

#12: Jarron Cumberland, Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Over 4 seasons (2016-20), Jarron Cumberland showed out 133 times for the Cincinnati Bearcats at the collegiate level. In those games he posted averages of 13.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1 steal.

His most impressive season came in 2018-19, where he recorded 18.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.1 steals per contest. He shot 38.8% from 3 and was named the ACC Player of the Year, ACC Tournament MVP, and made the First-team All-ACC (which he did in 2020 as well).

#13: Vincent Edwards, Oklahoma City Blue

At just 24-years-old, Vincent Edwards’ name is well-known at the G League level. As he has accumulated 69 appearances for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2018-19), Oklahoma City Blue (2019-20) and Canton Charge (2019-20).

The forward, out of Perdue, averaged 11 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists for the Blue during the 2019-20 season (29 G), before being traded to the Charge. With the latter, his numbers dropped significantly to 3.4 points and 2.4 rebounds (9 G).

#14: Jonathan Kasibabu, Austin Spurs

Jonathan Kasibabu is a product of the Real Madrid youth system, where he represented their under 18 roster between 2012-14. He then moved stateside and joined Fairfield University. As a senior (2018-19), Kasibabu averaged 10.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.3 assists. Before making the step up to the professional ranks.

The 24-year-old center signed with the Long Island Nets in the G League for the 2019-20 season. Where he posted averages of 7.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 36 games as a rookie.

#15: Gary Payton II, Raptors 905

Gary Payton II was one of the more notable names to appear in the G League Draft. Boasting 61 NBA appearances to his name, for the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Washington Wizards, the 28-year-old holds bags of experience.

He has also featured for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Wisconsin Herd, Capital City Go-Go, and South Bay Lakers in the G League. With the latter during the start of the 2019-20 season, Payton II averaged 21.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 3.2 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game. This earned him an NBA opportunity with the Wizards.

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#16: Anthony Cowan Jr, Memphis Hustle

A 23-year-old point guard out of the University of Maryland, Anthony Cowan Jr holds plenty of upside. He played 130 games at the college level, and averaged 16.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.1 steals as a senior.

His performances through the 2019-20 season earned him First-team All-Big Ten honors. After being selected in the G League Draft, he will now experience the professional ranks for the first time in the Orlando bubble.

#17: Dakarai Tucker, Iowa Wolves

A product of the University of Utah (2013-16), Dakarai Tucker has spent time with the Salt Lake City Stars and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the G League. He represented the Vipers through the 2018-19 season, with averages of 12.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 49 games.

The 26-year-old then headed overseas for the 2019-20 campaign, signing for Hungarian outfit Szolnoki Olajbányász. In 19 NBIA games, he averaged 15.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.6 steals.

R2, #1: Jemerrio Jones, Delaware Blue Coats

25-year-old Jemerrio Jones is as versatile as they get. Holding a well-rounded skill set with a great motor, he has featured for the South Bay Lakers and the Wisconsin Herd in the G League during his first two seasons out of college.

Through the 2019-20 season, with the Herd, Jones averaged 10.8 points, 12.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.5 steals, in 42 games. During his time with South Bay, the energetic forward was called up to the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers. Where he played in 6 games, averaging 4.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.2 steals.

R2, #2: Oshae Brissett, Fort Wayne Mad Ants

The former Syracuse standout, Oshae Brissett, signed a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors during his rookie campaign (2019-20). He went onto feature in 19 NBA contests, with averages of 1.9 points and 1.4 rebounds.

As part of his contract, he played 30 games for the Raptors’ G League affiliate, the Raptors 905. In those games, the 22-year-old guard/forward averaged 14.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists.

R2: #7: Quincy McKnight, Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Shooting guard, Quincy McKnight, started his college career with Sacred Heart in 2015. He then transferred to Seton Hall in 2017, where he remained until 2020. As a senior with Seton Hall he averaged 11.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.5 steals.

McKnight led the Big East Conference in assists in 2019-20 and was named Honorable Mention All-Big East. Over the years he has built a reputation of being a lockdown defender.

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R2, #9: Selom Mawugbe, Santa Cruz Warriors

Selom Mawugbe is a 22-year-old forward coming out of Azusa Pacific, where he played Division II basketball. He made 91 appearances during his college career. As a senior, he averaged 16.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.1 steals, and 3.1 blocks.

He shot an eye-catching 71.8% from the field through the 2019-20 season. Now, he gets a professional opportunity with the Santa Cruz Warriors after being selected in the G League Draft.

R2, #12: Anthony Mathis, Austin Spurs

6-foot-3 shooting guard, Anthony Mathis, spent 4 seasons with the New Mexico Lobos between 2015-19. As a senior he averaged 14.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.1 steals, whilst shooting 41.6% from 3-point land.

Due to an injury-shortened sophomore season, Mathis was able to join Oregon as a graduate transfer for the 2019-20 season. In 31 games, the 24-year-old averaged 8.5 points and 2.3 rebounds. From range, he converted at an impressive 44.7% rate, on 1.2 attempts per contest.

R2, #15: Kaleb Johnson, Austin Spurs

Kaleb Johnson is a 24-year-old small forward who showed out 124 times for Georgetown at the collegiate level (2015-19). Where he averaged 4.3 points and 2.6 rebounds. He mainly operated as an impact piece off the bench, with 34 starts through those 124 games. 28 of those starts came in his junior year.

Johnson was signed to the Brooklyn Nets’ Summer League roster ahead of the 2019-20 season. The Austin Spurs then went onto draft him in the 2019 G League Draft but he didn’t feature in a game. One season later, he’s back with Austin.

R2, #18: Rob Edwards, Oklahoma City Blue

6-foot-4 Rob Edwards, who operates as a shooting guard, is another who transferred mid-way through his college career. He featured for Cleveland State between 2015-17. before transferring to Arizona State for two seasons (2018-20).

As a senior with Arizona, he averaged 11.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in 31 games played. Over his 3 seasons at the collegiate level, he converted at a respectable 36.9% rate from 3-point range.

R3: #4: Braxton Key, Delaware Blue Coats

With the final selection in the 2020-21 G League Draft, the Delaware Blue Coats opted to bring in 23-year-old guard, Braxton Key. As a freshman (2016-17), Key led the Alabama Crimson Tide with a team-high 12 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest.

After an injury-riddled sophomore campaign, Key joined the Virginia Cavaliers via transfer, where he won the 2019 NCAA Championship. As a senior with Virginia (2019-20), he posted averages of 9.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.

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