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 Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the affiliate of the Houston Rockets. The Vipers won the 2019 G League Championship, but finished the cut-short 2019-20 campaign with a below .500, 15-27 record. At the time of the season suspension they sat 12th in the Western Conference.
Lets take a the Rio Grande Valley Vipers’ 2020-21 roster, ahead of the G League Orlando bubble.
Trevelin Queen (G) – Affiliate
23-year-old Trevelin Queen is making the jump to the professional ranks for the first time. This is after spending two seasons at the collegiate level with the College of Marin and New Mexico Military Institute, respectively.
Queen then transferred to New Mexico State, where he represented the Aggies as a junior and senior. During the 2019-20 season, the 6-foot-6 guard averaged 13.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.7 steals, in 26 games. From range, he shot at a 38.7% rate. His senior performances earned him Second Team All-WAC honors and a a training camp try-out with the Houston Rockets.
Josh Reaves (G) – Affiliate
After representing Penn State for 4 seasons (2015-19), Josh Reaves signed a two-way deal with the Dallas Mavericks for the 2019-20 season. He spent the majority of his time playing for the Texas Legends in the G League. Where, in 37 contests, he averaged 13.7 points, 5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.9 steals.
The 23-year-old also featured 4 times for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA, averaging 2 points per game. Additionally, he made 2 appearances in the NBA Playoffs, posting averages of 2 points and 1 rebound.
Kenny Wooten (F) – Affiliate
As a rookie during the 2019-20 season, Kenny Wooten made 27 appearances in the G League with the Westchester Knicks. In those games, he averaged 7.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 3.6 blocks. This was on 65.1% shooting from the field.
The 6-foot-8 forward only played an average of 24.9 minutes per game, as he sat 2nd in the entire league in blocks per contest (3.6) and total blocks (98). In addition, he led the G League in block percentage (13.1) and sat 10th in offensive rating (124.0).
Shawn Occeus (G) – Returning
Shawn Occeus, a 6-foot-4 point guard, led the Northeastern Huskie to the NCAA Tournament before opting to turn professional. He was selected with the 7th pick in the 2nd round of the 2019 G League Draft, by the Salt Lake City Stars. His contract was then placed on waivers and picked up by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Through 18 games as a rookie with the Vipers, Occeus averaged 2,5 points and 1.2 rebounds, in an average of 9.9 minutes played.
William McDowell-White (G) – Returning
At just 22-years-old, William McDowell-White has extensive professional experience, stretching back to 2016. The 6-foot-5 combo guard spent the 2016-17 season with the Sydney Kings (Australia). Before moving to Germany to feature for Brose Bamberg, and their farm team the Baunach Young Pikes, for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. McDowell-White was named the 2018 ProA Young Player of the Year.
After falling undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft, he then joined the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the G League. Through 17 games, he posted averages of 3 points, 2 rebounds, and 1.7 assists. This was in an average of 11.8 minutes played per game.
Josh Huestis (F) – Returning
29-year-old Josh Huestis has 76 NBA appearances to his name, having featured for the Oklahoma City Thunder between 2015-18. In the 2017-18 season, he played 69 times, with averages of 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds. He’s also made 128 G League appearances, with the Oklahoma City Blue (2014-17) and the Austin Spurs (2018-19).
During the 2019-20 season, the versatile forward went overseas and signed for Bayern Munich. In all competitions, he averaged 4.2 points and 1.9 rebounds, on 39.5% shooting from beyond the arc.
Ray Spalding (F) – Returning
Since spending 3 seasons with the Louisville Cardinals at the collegiate level, Ray Spalding has had spells with the Dallas Mavericks (2018-19), Phoenix Suns (2019), and the Charlotte Hornets (2020). In the 2018-19 season, the 6-foot-9 forward made 13 NBA appearances with the Suns, averaging 4.2 points and 3.7 rebounds.
During the 2019-20 season, Spalding represented both the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Greensboro Swarm in the G League. He played in 36 games, with both teams, and averaged 13.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.7 blocks across the campaign.
Trhae Mitchell (F) – Tryout
23-year-old Trhae Mitchell has landed on the Rio Grande Valley Vipers via a tryout. Standing at 6-foot-6, Mitchell is a forward that spent 4 seasons with South Alabama at the college level. As a junior (2018-19), he averaged 13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.1 steals, and 2 blocks.
In his final season with South Alabama, Mitchell posted averages of 11.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1 steal, and 1.5 blocks. Across his 4 college seasons, he averaged an impressive 40.1% conversion rate from beyond the arc.
Armoni Brooks (G) – Draft
After winning the 2018 AAC Sixth Man of the Year and being named to the 2019 Second-team All-AAC roster during his college years with Houston, Armoni Brooks opted to turn professional. As a rookie (2019-20), the 6-foot-3 guard represented the College Park SkyHawks in the G League.
Through 43 games for the SkyHawks, primarily off the bench, Brooks averaged 10.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists. From 3-point land, he shot at an impressive 39.8% rate.
Jarron Cumberland (G) – Draft
23-year-old Jarron Cumberland is another sharpshooter. Between 2016-20, he played for the Cincinnati Bearcats in college, where made 133 appearances. In his junior year, he averaged 18.8 points, on 38.8% shooting from 3. As a senior, he averaged 15.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 1 steal per contest.
Honors whilst with the Bearcats include the 2017 ACC Co-Sixth Man of the Year, the 2019 ACC Player of the Year, and the 2019 ACC Tournament MVP. As well as two selections into the First-team All-ACC roster (2019, 2020).
Mason Jones (G) – Two-Way
Mason Jones is currently within his rookie season in the NBA, as he is signed to a two-way contract with the Houston Rockets. A JUCO-product with Connors State, Jones transferred to Arkansas in 2018. As a senior at the college level (2019-20), the 6-foot-4 guard averaged 22 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.6 steals.
His performances earned him the 2020 SEC Co-Player of the Year and a 2020 AP Honorable Mention All-American. In addition, he was named to the 2020 First-team All-SEC roster.
Brodric Thomas (G) – Two-Way
Like Mason Jones, Brodric Thomas is currently spending his rookie campaign on a two-way contract with the Houston Rockets. Between 2016-20, the 23-year-old was on the books at college-outfit, the Truman Bulldogs. As a senior (2019-20), he averaged 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.7 steals. From range, he converted at a 41.7% rate, on 6.4 attempts per game.
Through his college career, Jones earned three selections into the First-team All-GLVC roster (2018-20), as well as the 2020 GLVC Player of the Year and 2020 GLVC Tournament MVP awards.
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