At the beginning of February, the NBA G League will host their 2020-21 season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando. 17 G League teams will play in the bubble season, along with the G League Ignite team.
The top eight teams will advance to a single-elimination playoff to contend for the 2020-21 G League Championship. Of which the Ignite team, for elite prospects, is eligible for.
One of the teams entering the bubble is the Erie BayHawks, the affiliate of the New Orleans Pelicans. The cut-short 2019-20 campaign marked their debut season as a franchise, which they finished with a 13-30 record. Upon the season suspension, the BayHawks were placed 14th in the Eastern Conference.
For the upcoming 2020-21 G League season, Erie have collaborated with the Capital City Go-Go, the affiliate team of the Washington Wizards. Consequently, a handful of Go-Go players will feature for the BayHawks through the league’s flexible assignment system.
Let’s take a the Erie BayHawks’ 2020-21 roster, ahead of the G League Orlando bubble.
Justin Wright-Foreman (G) – Affiliate
After spending 4 years at Hofstra University, Justin Wight-Foreman made the jump up to the professional ranks and signed a two-way deal with the Utah Jazz for the 2019-20 season. During the season he went onto make 4 NBA appearances, averaging 4.8 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.
Instead, the 23-year-old point guard spent the majority of the campaign in the G League with the Salt Lake City Stars. Where in 36 contests, he recorded averages of 17.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. This was on 46.2% shooting from the field and 40.3% from 3-point land.
Rawle Alkins (G) – Affiliate
Rawle Alkins went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft and went onto sign a two-way contract with the Chicago Bulls for the 2018-19 season. He made 10 NBA appearances for the Bulls, with averages of 3.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists. In the same season, he showed out 44 times in the G League with the Windy City Bulls. In those games he averaged 11.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.9 assists, primarily off the bench.
The 23-year-old combo guard signed for FC Porto in Portugal in February 2020. He only featured in 2 contests, due to the season suspension, and averaged 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1 steal.
Tony Carr (G) – Returning
Combo guard Tony Carr has spent 2 seasons at the professional level, where he has featured for overseas outfits Auxilium Torino (Italy), Pallacanestro Cantù (Italy), and Parma Basket (Russia). For the second half of the 2019-20 campaign, Carr returned stateside, signing for the Erie BayHawks. In 14 G League games (5 starts), he averaged 9.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.9 assists, on 47.5% shooting.
Jalen Adams (G) – Returning
After 4 seasons with the UConn Huskies, Jalen Adams signed with the Erie BayHawks for the 2019-20 season. He impressed through 40 games, posting averages of 19.1 points, 4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.3 steals. The 25-year-old point guard shot 39.5% from beyond the arc.
To start the 2020-21 campaign, Adams signed with French side Champagne Châlons-Reims Basket. He went onto feature in 7 games, averaging 20.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals, before heading back to the United States for the G League bubble.
Ike Anigbogu (F) – Returning
Ike Anigbogu, a 6-foot-9 center, was selected with the 47th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. A lingering knee injury, which required multiple surgeries, limited the 22-year-old to 14 NBA appearances during his 2 year stint with the Pacers. However, he did get playing time in the G League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Where he played in 20 games in the 2017-18 season and 21 in 2018-19.
In the latter campaign, he averaged 11 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game. For the second-half of the 2019-20 season, Anigbogu signed for the Erie BayHawks. With Erie he averaged 9.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 6 contests. In those games, he shot 45.5% from 3-point land, on 1.8 attempts per game.
Jarrod Uthoff (F) – Returning
27-year-old Jarrod Uthoff holds extensive experience, having played for the Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, and Washington Wizards in the NBA. Where he holds career averages of 3.7 points and 1.8 rebounds, in 16 games. At the G League level, he’s played 121 games for the Raptors 905, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Texas Legends, and Memphis Hustle.
In the 2019-20 season, for the Hustle, he averaged 19 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.1 blocks, in 34 games played. The 6-foot-9 forward was traded to the Erie BayHawks, from the Hustle, ahead of the 2020-21 G League Draft, for the 2nd overall pick.
Marlon Taylor (G) – Flex Assignment
Marlon Taylor is the first of the Washington Wizards/Capital City Go-Go flexible assignments that will feature for the BayHawks in the bubble. Taylor, a 23-year-old guard, played college basketball for Panola and LSU. As a senior with LSU, he averaged 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds, in 21 games.
After going undrafted in the 2020 NBA Draft, he signed with the Wizards and featured in 1 game, before being waived. Now, he will show out as a rookie for Erie in the 2020-21 G League bubble.
Caleb Homesley (G) – Flex Assignment
Caleb Homesley is another who is fresh out of college. He spent 5 seasons at Liberty University, with 2016-17 being a medical redshirt season due to a torn ligament injury in his knee. During his senior campaign (2019-20), the 24-year-old averaged 15.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.1 steals. He shot 47.4% from the field and 36.9% from 3.
His performances earned him the 2020 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year award. As well as the 2020 Atlanta Sun Tournament MVP award, and a selection into the 2020 First-team All-Atlantic Sun roster.
Yoeli Childs (F) – Flex Assignment
Yoeli Childs is a 23-year-old forward who spent 4 seasons with the BYU Cougars at the college level. In 119 appearances, he held averages of 17.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.3 blocks. On 53.7% shooting from the field and 35.6% from 3-point land. As a senior (2019-20), his scoring average jumped to 22.2 points per contest. His performances earned him 3 selections into the First-team All-WCC roster (2018-20).
Jordan Bell (F) – Flex Assignment
Jordan Bell is a notable name to most. This is due to him having made 154 NBA appearances for the Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Memphis Grizzlies. Through those games, he holds career averages of 3.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists, on 56.5% FG. In 2018 he won the NBA Championship with the Warriors after featuring in 57 regular-season contests and 17 playoff games.
The Capital City Go-Go picked Bell up off waivers in March 2020, however the season was suspended the very next day. In June 2020, the Cleveland Cavaliers signed him and he was then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for JaVale McGee. Following the trade, Bell was waived by the Lakers.
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