Wednesday was calendar worthy for that of the newly rebranded G-League, with the official four team expansion draft taking place. The Erie BayHawks, Memphis Hustle, Wisconsin Herd and Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario have all obtained the rights to 11 separate players throughout the 11 round expansion process. Each team will own exclusive rights to said player for a max of two seasons.
The selections made yesterday were based upon a pool of unprotected players, with each team that participated in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons being able to protect the rights of up to nine players. With a total of 44 prospects picked up by the introduced development teams, here are 5 names from yesterdays expansion to keep your eye on throughout the coming season.
DeAndre Daniels is now an official member of the Erie BayHawks, coming from the Toronto 905. He played college basketball for the UConn Huskies, winning a national championship back in 2014, and stood as a major role player for the Huskies' NCAA championship lineup. Shortly after winning the title in 2014, Daniels would go on to get selected 37th overall in the NBA Draft, and make his debut for the Raptors in the following Summer League. Averaging 10.0 points and 6.2 rebounds throughout his summer showcase, Daniels boasted his post and low-court play, as well as his capability to snatch rebounds with ease. A few months later Daniels would make an attempt at overseas ball, playing for the Perth Wildcats of the NBL in Australia.
Though his time in the G-League hasn’t been very noteworthy due to injuries throughout the 2015-2016 season, Daniels has gained priceless experience from both international basketball, multiple rallies in Summer Leagues, and his extreme success at UConn. Be sure to keep watch for DeAndre with the BayHawks this year, as his talented forward play should no doubt surprise fans of the newly established G-League organization.
Selected in round one by the Memphis Hustle, Marquis Teague coming from the Mad Ants, will surely prevail as a gem this coming season. Teague is no newcomer to the G-League, and has spent time with Iowa Energy, Oklahoma City Blue, and as mentioned previously, the Mad Ants. Drafted 29th in 2012 by the Bulls, Teague played two seasons in Chi-Town, averaging 2.2 points across just over 10 minutes of play. Gaining more crucial NBA experience, Marquis has also spent time with the Brooklyn Nets in which he played 21 games for, and even receiving the opportunity to start in one of them.
Teague’s experience in both the G-League, NBA, and small stints of overseas ball should not be overlooked, and he may be just another small step away from a call-up or two-way contract with the Hustle’s parent team.
The Wisconsin Herd’s newest prospect, Vince Hunter, was an undrafted treasure during the 2015 NBA Draft, and may turn out to be a trophy for the Herd during the coming seasons. After graduating high school, Vince Hunter joined the UTEP Miners where he started 58 games and averaged 13.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists over two seasons. Though he stayed significantly lowkey as far as his draft stock, Hunter was even considered to be a possible winner of the Julius Irving award, which is given to honorable and talented forwards in the college sport.
After going undrafted Hunter had multiple stints with both the 76ers, Kings, and later as a affiliate player for the Reno Bighorns of the G-League. In a total of 32 G-League games, Hunter averaged 21.8 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 blocks per game, which led him to the Western All-Star Team. It should also be noted that Hunter made showcases playing for both Panathinaikos of the Greek national league, and BC Avtodor Saratov of the VTB United League.
Andre Dawkins, coming from the Texas Legends, is now the Agua Caliente Clippers newest guard. Like many of the other 1st round picks of the expansion draft, Dawkins in no newcomer to the G-League, and has even spent limited time in the NBA. After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft, Dawkins joined the Heat for the Summer League. He would later go on to sign with Heat and continuously go back and forth between Miami, and their affiliate team the Skyforce.
The following years would be spent bouncing from team to team throughout the G-League, having the most success with the Legends where he averaged 11.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. Dawkins has always showcased his ability to snipe from distance, and the previous season was no different. In the 2016-2017 season, Dawkins maintained a 41.1% three-point completion percentage, which has stayed significantly consistent since his final year at Duke where he averaged a 42.1% rate. His 6-4, 206 pound body structure makes him a prime candidate to be an aggressive and successful guard for the newly expanded G-League team, and could only be in due time before we see this kid truly succeed.