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 Canton Charge, the affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the cut-short 2019-20 campaign, the Charge finished with a strong 29-14 record. As they sat 2nd in the Eastern Conference at the time of the season suspension.
Let’s take a look at the Canton Charge’s 2020-21 roster, ahead of the G League Orlando bubble.
Charles Matthews (G) – Affiliate
Guard Charles Matthews represented both Kentucky (2015-16) and Michigan (2017-19) at the collegiate level. Ahead of the 2019 NBA Draft, he tore his ACL during a predraft workout with the Boston Celtics. Consequently, he fell undrafted and missed his rookie campaign through injury.
As a junior at Michigan (2018-19), Matthews averaged 12.2 points, 5 rebounds, and 1.4 assists. He shot 43.1% from the field and 29.9% from 3-point range.
Levi Randolph (G) – Returning
Levi Randolph is a 28-year-old guard/forward that has 139 G League appearances to his name. In addition, he has had spells overseas with Sidigas Avellino (Italy), Dinamo Sassari (Italy), and SIG Strasbourg (France). In the G League, he has played for the Maine Red Claws (2015-16) and the Canton Charge (2018-present).
Through the 2019-20 season, with the Charge, Randolph averaged 16.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1.1 steals, in 39 games. Over the course of his G League career, he’s a 39.8% shooter from 3-point land.
Malachi Richardson (G/F) – Returning
Malachi Richardson is another that holds plenty of experience at the professional level. The 6-foot-6 guard/forward has made 70 NBA appearances for both the Sacramento Kings (2016-2018) and Toronto Raptors (2018-19). As well as 41 games for their G League affiliates, the Reno Bighorns and Raptors 905.
For the 905 through the 2018-19 season, Richardson averaged 20.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.5 assists, on 39.3% shooting from beyond the arc. For the 2019-20 campaign, the 25-year-old opted to go overseas, signing for Hapoel Holon (Israel) and then Vanoli Cremona (Italy).
Sir’Dominic Pointer (F) – Returning
Sir’Dominic Pointer has been around the Canton Charge organization since 2015, after being selected with the 53rd pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He represented the Charge during the 2015-16 season then went overseas for two years. In that time he played for Hapoel Eilat (Israel), Ironi Kiryat Ata (Israel), Byblos Club (Lebanon), and Alba Fehervar (Hungary).
Pointer then returned stateside, with the Charge, for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 campaigns. Last time out, the 28-year-old averaged 11.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.9 steals, and 2 blocks. He became the first player in G League history to record both 80 blocks and 80 steals in a season, which ended up being cut short. He finished second in G League Defensive Player of the Season voting and featured in the G League All-Defensive Team.
Sheldon Mac (F) – Returning
After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft, guard/forward Sheldon Mac signed for the Washington Wizards. He made 30 NBA appearances during the 2016-17 season, on averages of 3 points and 1.1 rebounds. During his Wizards tenure (2016-18), he had spells with the Delaware 87ers and Rio Grande Valley Vipers on assignment.
For the 2019-20 season, Mac signed with the Canton Charge. In 41 games, primarily off the bench, he averaged 15.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.1 steals, on 50.2% shooting.
Kadeem Allen (G) – Trade w/ Knicks
Since being drafted with the 53rd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Kadeem Allen has had spells with the Boston Celtics (2017-18) and New York Knicks (2019-20). In that time he made 47 NBA appearances. During the 2018-19 season, with the Knicks, Allen averaged 9.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 4 assists. This was through 19 games and on 47.2% shooting from deep.
The 28-year-old also has 97 G League appearances to his name, having showed out for the Maine Red Claws (2017-18) and Westchester Knicks (2018-20). To start the 2020-21 season, Allen signed with French-outfit JL Bourg. In 15 games he averaged 9.2 points, 1.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.2 steals, whilst converting at a 39.3% rate from 3-point land.
Aaron Epps (F) – Trade w/ Suns
Since entering the professional ranks in 2018, Aaron Epps has made 86 appearances for the Northern Arizona Suns in the G League. With a spell, in France, with Elan Chalon sandwiched in-between. During the 2019-20 season, the 24-year-old forward averaged 10.1 points and 6.4 rebounds, in 37 games. In those contests, he shot 49.8% from the field and 39.2% from 3.
Antonio Blakeney (G) – Draft
Antonio Blakeney spent 2 seasons with the Chicago Bulls between 2017-19, where he made 57 NBA appearances and averaged 7.3 points per game. He spent time with the Windy City Bulls as a rookie, winning the 2018 G League Rookie of the Year.
For the 2019-20 season, Blakeney headed overseas to China to play for the Jiangsu Dragons. Whilst with the Dragons, the 6-foot-4 guard averaged 34.9 points, 8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.6 steals. He was selected with the 3rd pick in the 2020-21 G League Draft.
Anthony Lamb (G/F) – Draft
With the 6th selection in the 2020-21 G League Draft, the Canton Charge picked rookie Anthony Lamb. The 23-year-old is fresh out of college, having made 118 appearances with the Vermont Catamounts. In those games, he averaged 16.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.4 blocks.
During his time at the collegiate level, Lamb won the America East Player of the Year in both 2019 and 2020. Additionally, he was named to the First-team All-America East team (2019, 2020), earned MVP honors in the America East Tournament (2017, 2019), and won the 2017 America East Rookie of the Year.
*Norvel Pelle, who was initially on the roster, has since signed with the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA.
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