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A Take a look at the Prime Performers from the 2023 G League Winter Showcase


The vibe on the annual G League Winter Showcase is tough to explain. It’s laidback, sure, but additionally tremendously tense. The setting resembles a marriage reception greater than a basketball match, with 30 small tables (one for every NBA group) surrounding every brightly lit, makeshift court docket. Scouts, coaches, and executives huddle collectively, conversing discreetly between sips of espresso. No followers are permitted to attend, and the dearth of ambient noise creates a slightly unusual surroundings. The quietness—exacerbated by the truth that the occasion is held in a large conference middle but occupies little or no of the seemingly unending house—solely provides to the strain.

After all, G League gamers are at all times being watched by decision-makers on the NBA stage—however by no means by so many, on the similar time, and so blatantly. A lot of the bigwigs there to guage sit simply two or three toes off the court docket, laptops and notebooks open, able to determine fates.

Daunting is probably probably the most applicable phrase, contemplating all that’s at stake. The Winter Showcase presents G Leaguers their finest probability to impress NBA higher-ups, just some weeks earlier than groups can start providing 10-day contracts (January 5), which could be price considerably greater than the usual G League contract of $40,500. 

The expertise stage at this 12 months’s Showcase—hosted, for the primary time, in Orlando, Florida—was maybe the best it’s ever been. Right here’s a take a look at among the prime performers:


2023 All-Showcase Staff (chosen by the G League)

Brandon Goodwin

Guard

Westchester Knicks

24.7 factors, 5 rebounds, 9.2 assists, 1.7 steals

Successful issues to scouts, so the groups that advance additional within the match entice extra consideration. Goodwin, a 28-year-old guard who has bounced backwards and forwards between the G League (71 video games) and the NBA (133 video games) since going undrafted in 2018, led the Knicks to the Showcase championship and claimed MVP. After scoring 33 and 28 factors in Westchester’s first two video games, he struggled to search out his shot within the Finals, however nonetheless contributed 13 factors, 13 assists, 8 rebounds and a couple of steals. Requested throughout the trophy presentation what he confirmed NBA personnel over the previous 4 days, Goodwin’s teammate, Charlie Brown Jr, answered for him: “That he a canine!” 

Trevelin Queen

Guard

Osceola Magic

25.5 factors, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 3.5 steals, 64.5 FG%, 52.6 3P%

Nothing new right here. Trevelin Queen, who’s on a two-way with the Orlando Magic, has been lighting up the G League for some time now. As a member of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2021-22, he gained each the common season and Finals MVP awards. With assist from teammates Mac McClung and Brandon Williams (who simply earned a two-way contract from the Dallas Mavericks), Queen guided the hometown Magic to a 2-0 report. 

Jarace Walker

Guard

Fort Wayne Mad Ants

21.7 factors, 5.7 rebounds, 1 steal

Assigned by the Pacers for the Showcase, rookie Jarace Walker helped the Mad Ants attain the championship recreation, the place they in the end fell quick to the Knicks. The 20-year-old out of the College of Houston flashed the versatile ability set that made him the 8th choose within the 2023 NBA Draft, scoring from everywhere in the ground. In Fort Wayne’s first recreation—a win over the Capital Metropolis Go-Go—Walker nailed six threes and completed with 31 factors. 

Darius Bazley

Ahead

Delaware Blue Coats

31.5 factors, 14.5 rebounds, 2 steals, 5.5 blocks, 57.9 FG%, 41.2 3P%

Simply take a look at these numbers. Bazley, the 23rd choose within the 2019 NBA Draft, dominated on each ends on the Showcase. In a good win over the Texas Legends, the dynamic ahead posted 43 factors (on 63% capturing!), 18 rebounds, 3 steals and 6 blocks. He’s been within the public eye for thus lengthy—it was the autumn of 2018 when he made the groundbreaking resolution to forgo faculty and intern for New Steadiness whereas coaching for the NBA—that it’s simple to overlook Bazley is simply 23 years outdated. And the Blue Coats star is clearly getting higher.

Jontay Porter

Ahead

Raptors 905

22.5 factors, 12 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 66.7 FG%, 70 3P%

Jontay, who’s on a two-way with the Toronto Raptors, is extra of an enormous man than his older brother (Nuggets ahead Michael Porter Jr) however also can stretch the ground—in two wins on the Showcase, he shot 7/10 from behind the arc. Via 16 video games with the 905, the 24-year-old is averaging a double-double. 

Different Standouts

Terence Davis

Guard

Rip Metropolis Remix

31.5 factors, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 61 FG%, 51.9 3P%

The previous Sacramento Kings guard joined the Rip Metropolis Remix—the brand new affiliate of the Portland Path Blazers—proper earlier than the Showcase, the place he hit 14 threes in two video games. 

Ethan Thompson

Guard

Mexico Metropolis Capitanes

30 factors, 5.5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals

Thompson has been within the G League since 2021 and improved each season. His three-point proportion has jumped from 30.5% (2021-22) to 36.4% (2022-23) to 39.2% on seven makes an attempt per recreation this 12 months.

Blake Wesley 

Guard

Austin Spurs

27 factors, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 59.5 FG%, 83.3 3P%

On task from the San Antonio Spurs, Wesley—the 25th choose within the 2022 NBA Draft—took care of enterprise on the Showcase, main Austin to 2 victories.  

Terquavion Smith

Guard

Delaware Blue Coats

31.5 factors, 4.5 rebounds, 2 steals 

In the identical recreation that Bazley put up 43, Smith, a 6-4 guard on a two-way with the Philadelphia 76ers, dropped 40 factors of his personal on 12/23 capturing.

Miller Kopp

Ahead

Oklahoma Metropolis Blue

24 factors, 5.5 rebounds, 53.8 FG%, 60 3P%

The Blue went 2-0 on the Showcase, thanks largely to the red-hot capturing of Kopp, who buried 12 of his 20 makes an attempt from deep.

Trey Jemison

Heart

Birmingham Squadron

13 factors, 17 rebounds, 2.5 blocks

Taking part in in his first Showcase, Jemison, a 6-10, 260-pound middle from the College of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), made his presence recognized, controlling the paint for the 2-0 Squadron.

Jordan “Jelly” Walker

Guard

Texas Legends

27.5 factors, 10 assists, 2 steals, 50 FG%, 50 3P%

Walker, Jemison’s former teammate at UAB, has been a powerful ground common for the Legends all season lengthy. In his first Showcase outing, the 5-11 guard notched 23 factors, 15 assists, and three steals.


Images through Getty Photos.



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