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Top 5 G League Bubble Player Performances – Week 2

The second week of the NBA G League bubble is officially in the books. The Delaware Blue Coats sit top of the standings, holding a perfect 7-0 record. The Erie BayHawks and Oklahoma City Blue follow close behind with 6-1 records, to round out the top-3.

Iowa Wolves occupy the bottom spot, having gone 0-7. The Salt Lake City Stars are second-bottom, holding a 1-7 record. The Long Island Nets and Greensboro Swarm each have 2-5 records.

When looking at Offensive Rating, the Raptors 905 sit top (117.9), with the Oklahoma City Blue holding the best Defensive Rating in the league (96.5), for the second week running. Jordan Poole of the Santa Cruz Warriors places 1st in points per game (24.4), being closely followed by Kevin Porter Jr of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (22.8) and Paul Reed of the Delaware Blue Coats (22.6), respectively.

It was another intense, action-filled week with players looking to impress onlooking NBA scouts. Below we take a look at our top-5 player performances from week 2 of the G League bubble in Disney World, Orlando. This is in no particular order.

Jordan Poole – 37P, 5R, 4A, 12-21 FG, 4 3P:

In a win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on February 18, Jordan Poole erupted for a season league-high 37 points. Alongside his flurry of points, the Golden State Warriors assignee added 5 rebounds and 4 assists. One of his assists was an impressive wrap-around pass out of the paint to Jeremy Lin, who drained the 3-ball.

Highlighted by endless drives to the basket, Poole proved himself as a 3-tier scorer, as he shot 57.7% from the field. Draining 4 from beyond the arc (5-9), the 21-year-old operated as a ball-handler, but also created space and converted off the ball.

Malachi Flynn – 35P, 7R, 8A, 4S, 1B, 13-19 FG:

The Raptors 905’s Malachi Flynn posted a monster stat-line in a win over the Santa Cruz Warriors on February 15. The 22-year-old knocked down 35 points, on 68.4% shooting, with 3 coming from range. He flirted with a triple-double, as he recorded 7 rebounds and 8 assists.

Operating as the ultimate floor general, the 6-foot-1 point guard showed off a polished offensive game. He scored from every part of the court and created highlight-worthy looks for teammates. His impact on the defensive end was huge as well, cutting off passing lanes for 4 steals and picking up a single block.

Since, Flynn has been recalled by the Toronto Raptors and has returned to the NBA.

Kevin Porter Jr – 32P, 7R, 9A, 2S, 12-18 FG:

In a win over the Westchester Knicks on February 15, Kevin Porter Jr scored a season-high 32 points. Again, he flirted with a triple-double, recording 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Normally a high-volume shooter, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers guard shot an efficient 12-18 from the field, knocking down 2 from beyond the arc.

After a highly-publicized trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Houston Rockets assigned the 20-year-old to the G League bubble to prove his worth. As expected, he’s been lighting up Disney World with an average of 22.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 1.5 steals through 8 games.

It will surely only be a matter of time until Kevin Porter Jr is NBA bound again.

Antonio Blakeney – 34P, 3R, 1S, 14-23 FG, 6 3P:

Antonio Blakeney is a certified bucket getter. After averaging 34.8 points per game in China during the 2019-20 season, it didn’t take long for the 24-year-old to pass the 30-point mark in the Orlando bubble. The Canton Charge guard scored 34 points against the Agua Caliente Clippers on February 19.

Proving himself as a relentless 3-tier scorer, Blakeney added 3 rebounds and a single steal in the contest. He shot 14-23 from the field and drained 6 from 3-point range. The only downside, the impressive effort came in a relatively one-sided defeat, with a flurry of the points coming late on.

Moses Brown – 24P, 20R, 1A, 2S, 4B, 10-17 FG:

7-foot-1 Moses Brown is quickly emerging as one of the best players in the G League at the moment. The young center, on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder, has been dominant in the early goings of the bubble. One of his many impressive showings came on February 16 in a win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

In the game, Brown had a 20-20 double-double, with 24 points and 20 rebounds, alongside 1 assist, 2 steals, and 4 blocks. He shot 10-17 from the field, a 58.8% conversion rate, and out of his 20 rebounds, 9 were on the offensive end. The unstoppable big, on both ends of the court, is definitely the Thunder’s next gem. He beat out multiple 30-point performances to feature on the list.

Some Honorable Mentions:

Ahmad Caver, Memphis Hustle – 35P, 3R, 2A, 2S, 12-15 FG

Anthony Mathis, Austin Spurs – 33P, 3R, 2A, 10-15 FG, 5 3P

Jalen Harris, Raptors 905 – 32P, 6R, 1S, 12-17 FG

Jordan Poole, Santa Cruz Warriors – 32P, 7R, 4A, 8-14 FG, 5 3P

Paul Reed, Delaware Blue Coats – 31P, 11R, 1 S, 1 B, 13-22 FG, 2 3P

Jared Brownridge, Delaware Blue Coats – 29P, 1 R, 9-13 FG, 7 3P

Alize Johnson, Raptors 905 – 13P, 22R, 8A, 3S, 1B, 6-12 FG

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