For all this the affiliation system is fundamental: The 28 franchises have a direct link with an NBA set, which allows them to share players, in different ways (dual contracts, call-ups or temporary assignments). The objective? Function as a reserve team, either to complete a gap in the main squad or give minutes to a player who is not part of the rotation of the team.
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The league's footprint can be found throughout the entire NBA. Among the players that started the 2019-2020 NBA, a record 208 had passed within the G-League. This is a figure that has risen gradually and without brake in each of the last campaigns: there were 198 in 2018-2019, 194 in 2017-2018 and 135 in 2016-2017.
The G-League is of key importance in the Latin American region, not only because it has representatives in the contest, but also because of the contemplated possibility that one day a Mexican franchise will be included within the competition. While at the moment it is just an option mentioned by Commissioner Adam Silver, it is still an issue to be considered by all Latin American and especially Mexican fans.
A stained glass window for Tuscan
Following in Mexican basketball, one of the great attractions of 2019-2020 will go through the presence of Juan Toscano-Anderson in the Santa Cruz Warriors. The perimeter made a very good impression on Golden State and while it did not end up being in the final squad, it will be closely followed in the G-League affiliate of the California franchise.
– Santa Cruz Warriors (@GLeagueWarriors) November 10, 2019
Toscano-Anderson played 7 Summer League games with Golden State, averaging 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds. His performance led him to win an invitation to the preseason, where although he did not have large numbers (2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 5 presentations), impressed the Warriors coaching staff with their defensive delivery.
In a Golden State full of injuries and looking for alternatives to direct a difficult campaign, a good performance of Toscano in the G-League could leave him very close to making the jump to the NBA. It will have to be followed as closely as Steve Kerr will surely do.
The Tacko Show
Beyond the Latin American context, the truth is that much of the attention will be on the Maine Red Claws, an affiliate of the Boston Celtics, where he will be playing nothing less than Tacko Fall and its 2.29 meters tall. The Senegalese is there with a dual contract, so he will divide time between the NBA and the G-League.
Fall had a very good preseason with Boston, which won him one of two spaces for dual contracts (the other was for Tremont Waters). The pivot emerged from UCF averaged 3.5 points and 2.3 rebounds, with 71% of the court in just 9.6 minutes per game.
Back-to-back dunks from Tacko Fall ☘️ pic.twitter.com/LVzv32QDlf
– SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 27, 2019
The NBA did not fit. On the contrary, he showed that in the long run he may have a role within it.. Will it be in this 2019-2020 with the Celtics? To do this, he will have to win the chance with the Red Claws.
The mysterious Bol Bol
While Tacko Fall is a proven player and we know in broad strokes what he can give on a court, there are many more questions surrounding another African pivot of enormous stature and talent: Bowl bowl, who once he recovers from his left foot injury, will have his first minutes as a professional in the G-League.
Bol was the player who fell the most in the 2019 Draft, mainly because of his physical problems. He ended up being elected in 44th place by Nuggets, although many placed him as one of the best 15 prospects available. In Denver he signed a dual contract and while the Colorado franchise does not have a direct affiliation in the G-League, Bol is expected to be appointed to the Windy City Bulls.
At this point, nobody knows what Bol's true potential is and that is why it will be extremely interesting to see it in action. If he manages to stay healthy, he is a player with a combination of stature (2.18 meters) and really excellent perimeter skills, as he was able to demonstrate during his brief passage through the NCAA. Not to lose sight of him.
A player to follow (Eastern Conference)
- Canton Charge: Dean wade. The pivot wing emerged from the University of Kansas State has a dual contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and will be one of the Charge figures. It stands out for its combination of height (2.07) and external shot.
- Capital City Go-Go: Admiral Schofield. Very strong forward and with a good external shot, of recent great performance at the University of Tennessee.
20 PTS | 12 REB | 3 AST | 2 BLK
– NBA G League (@nbagleague) November 10, 2019
- Erie Bayhawks: Vlatko Cancar. We will see how the Slovenian eave adapts to the G-League basketball, after being drafted in the 49th position by the Denver Nuggets.
- College Park Skyhawks: Marcus Derrickson. Pivot wing strong and with a good shot from the three-point line.
- Delaware Blue Coats: Zhaire Smith. The Sixers first round pick in 2018 kicks off the campaign in the G-League, seeking to develop their offensive game. Defensive and athletic talent already has it.
- Fort Wayne Mad Ants: Hasheem Thabeet. It is another of the great stories of the season: the number two pick of the 2009 Draft returns to the courts, with the help of the G-League and the Mad Ants.
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- Grand Rapids Drive: Louis king. This is a 3/4 with good perimeter launch, which will play in the Drive with dual contract with the Detroit Pistons.
- Greensboro swarm: Robert Franks. Another pivot wing with a very good hand, where appropriate with a dual contract with the Charlotte Hornets.
- Lakeland magic: Chuma Okeke. The 16th selection of the 2019 Draft will begin its career in the G-League, once it recovers from its broken ligaments in the left knee. External strong, athletic and good defender.
- Long island nets: CJ Williams. Shooter forward with 53 NBA experience matches, between Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves.
- Maine Red Claws: Tacko fall. As we already mentioned, there is no doubt that Fall is the great attraction not only of Maine, but probably of the season in general.
- Westchester knicks: Ignas Brazdeikis. The Canadian forward is assigned from New York, seeking to demonstrate his offensive versatility, based on shooting and physical power.
- Raptors 905: Oshae Brissett. He is an athletic 3/4 and a good defender, who appears with a dual contract with the Toronto Raptors.
- Windy city bulls: Bowl bowl. When you are recovered from your injury, it will be one of the most important projects of the tournament. He is a lottery pick talent.
- Wisconsin Herd: Dragan Bender. He is one of the great talents found in the G-League. The Croatian had a very good preseason with the Bucks and could earn his minutes with the first team, as long as he responded with the Herd.
A player to follow (Western Conference)
- Hot Water Clippers: James Palmer. The perimeter of Nebraska has every pair to be one of the best scorers in the competition.
- Austin Spurs: Keldon Johnson. One of San Antonio's drafted 2019 will seek to impose its aggressive play on both sides and perhaps win a chance at the squad Pop.
24 PTS | 8 REB | 5 AST | 9-13 FG
– NBA G League (@nbagleague) November 10, 2019
- Iowa Wolves: Naz Reid. Internal that combines great physical power, with a good three-point pitch. He has a contract with Minnesota.
- Memphis Hustle: Josh Jackson. The fourth pick of the 2017 Draft seeks to revive his career, after a problematic step through Phoenix. He is an explosive forward and a good defender, but he must improve on the other side.
- Northern Arizona Suns: Jalen Lecque. Very young base, which although it must mature in all aspects of the game, it has a really exceptional physical and athletic ability. An NBA talent
- Oklahoma City Blue: Luguentz Dort. Extremely physical and athletic Canadian base. For many, of the most important talents that were not drafted in 2019. He has a dual contract with the Thunder.
- Rio Grande Valley Vipers: Gary Clark. Pivot wing shooter who already knew how to play a role with the Rockets during 2018-2019.
- Salt Lake City Stars: Miye Oni. Powerful eave drafted by Jazz this year (58 °), with good hand for long distance.
- Santa Cruz Warriors: Juan Toscano-Anderson. As we noted previously, it is the defense that transforms the Mexican into a player with NBA chances.
- Sioux Falls Skyforce: Davon Reed. Forward with an excellent external launch and 31 NBA experience matches, between Suns and Pacers.
- South bay lakers: Talen Horton-Tucker. Pick number 46 of the Lakers in the 2019 Draft. Low escort (1.93), but extremely strong and with very long arms.
- Stockton Kings: Kyle guy. Escort of enormous triple capacity, as demonstrated by the University of Virginia, being a key piece for this year's title. He has a dual contract with the Kings.
– NBA G League (@nbagleague) November 10, 2019
- Texas Legends: Josh Reaves. A true defensive specialist in the perimeter. He has a dual contract with the Mavericks.
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