The G-league is the home of those players that are still a bit raw to play in the NBA, but that way too talented to just go to waste and quit on their NBA dream by playing overseas.
Moreover, even players that are coming straight out of high school are going to be eligible to play in the G-league as an alternative to the NCAA, where they can’t get paid because of their policies.
This league gets constantly overlooked because of the fact that players are constantly trying to stat pad and prove they’re worthy of a roster spot in the NBA, so team basketball isn’t their main priority.
Still, there have always been nice players in the development league that wind up getting called up and having successful seasons in the NBA. Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 10 players in the G-league this season.
10. Daryl Macon
Daryl Macon went undrafted in the 2018 NBA but is currently playing for the Texas Legend, the Dallas Mavericks G-league affiliate. There, the point guard has really established himself as an offensive force, posting averages of 24.1 points, 2.3 triples, 4.6 dimes and 0.9 steals per game on 47%, although he’s not likely to have much of a chance with the Mavs if Dennis Smith Jr and Barea stay healthy.
9. Edmond Sumner
Coming out of Xavier, Edmond Sumner was taken by the Pelicans with the 52nd overall pick in 2017, but they immediately traded him to the Indiana Pacers, where he was just able to play a couple of minutes. Nowadays, he’s running the point for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, averaging 24.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game on 56% shooting.
8. Yante Maten
Yante Maten is a 6’9’’ power forward that went undrafted in last year’s NBA Draft, but that signed a two-way deal to play for the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Miami Heat’s G-league affiliate. Maten improved every year when playing at Georgia and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, posting averages of 25.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks on 58% from the floor.
7. Terrence Jones
Several seasons ago, Terrence Jones was a walking double-double for the Houston Rockets, but his constant injuries and lack of three-point shot ended his NBA tenure. Now, the power forward’s playing for the Erie Bayhawks, trying to get back to the league while posting averages of 25.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.
6. Johnathan Motley
Johnathan Motley is a power forward out of Baylor that went undrafted in 2017 and then signed a two-way contract with the Dallas Mavericks, where he made a handful of appearances. Now, he’s thriving with the Agua Caliente Clippers, averaging 25.7 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.3 blocks per game on 60% from the floor.
5. Demetrius Jackson
Demetrius Jackson was taken out of Notre Dame with the 45th pick of the 2016 Draft by the Boston Celtics but has failed to establish in the league with failed tenures at Boston and Houston. Now, he’s got a two-way contract with the Sixers to play with the Delaware Blue Coats. There, the point guard has averaged 27.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
4. Chasson Randle
After 4 years in Stanford, Chasson Randle went undrafted in 2015, signing overseas before trying to make his way into the league. Following a failed tenure at Real Madrid, the combo guard came back to the Capital City Go-Go, Washington’s G-League affiliate, where he’s averaged 27.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 3 steals and 3.3 three-pointers on 51% shooting.
3. Chris Boucher
Chris Boucher is a Canadian big man that went undrafted in 2017 and then signed a two-way contract with the Warriors, where he made his debut but failed to score in just 1 minute of game time. Now, he’s completely dominating with the Raptors’ affiliate, logging 27.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.3 steals, 4.3 blocks and 2.8 three-pointers in 50% from the floor.
2. John Jenkins
John Jenkins refuses to give up on his NBA dream despite being 27 years old and having failed tenures with the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns. Now, the shooting guard is having a career year in the G-league by posting averages of 29.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.4 steals, and 3.8 triples on 51% from the floor.
1. Jordan McRae
Jordan McRae has been by far the most dominating player in this year’s G-League season, proving that he definitely deserves a call-up from the Washington Wizards. At age 27, the shooting guard has been torching opposing defenses, posting averages of 36.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 2.7 three-pointers in 53% from the floor.