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 Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the affiliate of the Indiana Pacers. The Mad Ants finished the cut-short 2019-20 season with a 21-22 record. Upon the season suspension, the team were placed 9th in the Eastern Conference. They were just 1 game from the playoff positions and finished the season on a 3-game win streak.
Let’s take a the Fort Wayne Mad Ants’ 2020-21 roster, ahead of the G League Orlando bubble.
Josh Gray (G) – Affiliate
Josh Gray is a 27-year-old point guard who has featured in the NBA for the Phoenix Suns (2018) and New Orleans Pelicans (2019-20). In the G League, he has showed out 132 times for the Northern Arizona Suns (2016-18) and the Erie BayHawks (2019-20). Last time out, with the BayHawks, Gray averaged 22.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 2.3 steals.
In the 2019-20 season, Gray led the G League in points scored (831), sat 7th in total assists (254), and was 4th in steals (84).
Naz Mitrou-Long (G) – Affiliate
Naz Mitrou-Long, who is also a 27-year-old guard, has NBA experience with the Utah Jazz (2017-19) and Indiana Pacers (2019-20). Whilst with the Jazz and Pacers, he was on a two-way deal and made 87 appearances in the G League with the Salt Lake City Stars and Fort Wayne Mad Ants, respectively.
In those G League contests, he holds averages of 17.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 1.1 steals. This was on 42.3% shooting from the field and 35.6% from range.
Devin Robinson (F) – Affiliate
Devin Robinson is another that has had NBA game-time, with the Washington Wizards between 2017-19. In the 2018-19 season, the 6-foot-8 forward featured 7 times for the Wizards and averaged 6.7 points and 2.9 rebounds, on 59.4% shooting.
He also has 98 G League appearances to his name, having played for the Delaware 87ers, Westchester Knicks, Capital City Go-Go, and Raptors 905. In the 2019-20 season, with the 905, Robinson averaged 17.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.1 blocks.
Rayshaun Hammonds (F) – Affiliate
Rayshaun Hammonds is a 22-year-old small forward who is fresh out of college, having played for the Georgia Bulldogs for 3 seasons (2017-20). As a junior (2019-20), he averaged 12.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists, in 32 games played. From the field, he shot 46.4% and from 3-point land, 35%.
Daxter Miles Jr (G) – Returning
Daxter Miles Jr holds bags of G League experience. Having played 91 times for the Northern Arizona Suns and Fort Wayne Mad Ants since 2018. Half-way through the 2019-20 campaign, Miles Jr was traded from the Suns to the Mad Ants. His total averages last time out (42 games), for both teams, were 14.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal.
JaKeenan Gant (F) – Returning
At the collegiate level, JaKeenan Gant was a 2-time Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year (2018, 2019) for the University of Louisiana. As a rookie in the professional ranks, Gant signed for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the G League. In the 2019-20 season, he averaged 8 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks.
The 6-foot-8 forward signed for South Korean outfit Mobis Phoebus for the 2020-21 season. However, he has opted to return stateside and rejoin the Mad Ants in the G League bubble.
Anthony Lawrence II (F) – Returning
Anthony Lawrence II was the 1st overall pick in the 2019 G League Draft, being selected by the Northern Arizona Suns. At the college level, Lawrence spent 4 seasons with the Miami Hurricanes.
Through the 2019-20 season, the 6-foot-7 forward played 38 games for the Suns. In those contests, he averaged 8.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. He shot 45.6% from the field and 35% from 3-point land.
Amida Brimah (C) – Returning
26-year-old Amida Brimah holds professional experience with the Austin Spurs (2017-19), with a short stint with Partizan in Serbia sandwiched in-between. The 7-foot center last played in the 2018-19 season, where he averaged 8.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 2.9 blocks, in 47 games for the Spurs.
Since, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants acquired Brimah’s returning rights and he held multiple Exhibit-10 deals with the Indiana Pacers.
Quincy McKnight (G) – Draft
Quincy McKnight is a 25-year-old guard who spent 2 seasons at the collegiate level with Sacred Heart (2015-17), before transferring over to Seton Hall (2018-20). As a sophomore, with Sacred Heart, McKnight averaged 18.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1.6 steals. His performances earned him a First-team All-NEC selection.
In his final campaign with Seton Hall, he averaged 11.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.5 steals.
Oshae Brissett (F) – Draft
A versatile player, capable of playing as both a guard and forward, Oshae Brissett spent 2 seasons with Syracuse before stepping up to the professional ranks. For the 2019-20 campaign, he signed a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors.
As a rookie, Brissett featured in 19 NBA contests for the Raptors, averaging 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds. He also played 28 G League games for the Raptors 905. Where he averaged 15.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1 steal per game.
Brian Bowen II (F) – Two-Way
Instead of going through the traditional college route, Brian Bowen II played professionally with the Sydney Kings in Australia before declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. With the Kings he averaged 6.5 points and 3 rebounds, in 28 games.
After falling undrafted, the 22-year-old guard/forward joined the Indiana Pacers on a two-way deal. He made 6 NBA appearances in the 2019-20 season as a rookie. Instead, he mainly played in the G League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Where he averaged 16.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1 steal, in 29 contests.
Cassius Stanley (F) – Two-Way
21-year-old Cassius Stanley is a rookie that was selected with the 54th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. At the college level, the 6-foot-5 guard spent a single season with the Duke Blue Devils. In 29 games for Duke, he posted averages of 12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1 assist, on 47.4% shooting and 36% from beyond the arc. His performances earned him a selection into the ACC All-Freshman Team.
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