Last season, the Texas Legends had their best season in team history as they finished with a solid 29-21 record. That great play pushed the squad to their first appearance in the playoffs since the 2010-11 season. Although they ended up losing the RGV Vipers in the first round, it was still a landmark year for a team that toiled in mediocrity for the majority of their time in the G League.
One of the major contributors behind that success was 6’7 forward Jameel Warney, who stood out as one of the best front-court players in the G League. That status was evident as he averaged 19.9 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks on 53% from the field and 29% from beyond the arc on 1.8 attempts per game. Those great numbers pushed the G League to name Warney to their All G League 1st Team for that 2017-18 season.
That fantastic season wasn’t the end of the road for his time in the G League as the Stony Brook alum will be returning to the Texas Legends for the 2018-19 season, a source tells Ridiculous Upside. “I decided to come back because i felt comfortable with the coaching staff,” Warney told the site. “They help me get better everyday.”
Legends head coach Robert MacKinnon has been the main person pushing that development, as he’s been with Warney since the forward came to the G League in 2016. Due to the length of that relationship and the forward’s development, it’s not surprising that the coach has nothing but great things to say about the stud forward.
“We are very excited to have Jameel back; as one of the top 2 or 3 call-up candidates returning, he gives us instant credibility,” MacKinnon told Ridiculous Upside. “His returning is another sign of how the G League has become the second best league in the world!”
G League fans will have an opportunity to watch Warney in action when the Legends begin their season on November 3rd against the Austin Spurs.