Since the start of the G League season, Raptors two-way player Chris Boucher has mostly remained at the center of the headlines. Of course, that’s largely due to how he’s stood as arguably the best front-court player in the G League as he’s averaged 28.8 points, 11.7 rebounds and 4.4 blocks on 49% from the field and 32% from beyond the arc on 7.3 attempts per game. Boucher’s unique ability to both be an amazing scoring threat and a dominating rim protector allowed us to name him as the G League Player of the Month for November.
Although Boucher has rightfully earned a lot of the attention that he’s garnered this year, he isn’t the only two-way player on the Raptors that has impressed in the G League. In fact, 6’4 guard Jordan Loyd has been the War Machine to Chris Boucher’s Iron Man as the Raptors two-way player has averaged 23 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.9 steals on 47% from the field and 35% from beyond the arc on 6.3 attempts per game.
With those numbers, Loyd joins Hornets rookie Devonte Graham, Nets two-way player Theo Pinson and Celtics two-way player PJ Dozier as the only players in the G League that are averaging at least 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per gameHis stat line become even more impressive when you factor in how he’s been able to put up those numbers while also maintaining a solid 60% True Shooting Percentage and a 2.4 Ast/TO. Those extremely impressive stats for someone that’s a focal point for the 905’s offense.
From an offensive perspective, Loyd’s impact is evident in more ways than just a simple stat line. Per 100 possessions, the team is 12 points better when he’s on the court (110.4 points per 100) compared to when he’s on the sidelines (92.2 points per 100). To put that in perspective, the 905’s offense when Loyd is on the court would be the 4th best in the G League while they’d be the worst by nearly SIX points when he’s on the sidelines or with the big league club.
Fortunately, Loyd has been with the team for the majority of the season as he’s only missed four games. With Loyd’s consistent on-court presence combined with great play, the 905 currently sit 4th in the G League’s Eastern Conference with a 16-11 record. They’re still in the hunt for the top spot as they’re just 2.5 games behind the Long Island Nets who sit at 16-8.
Loyd can have a chance to help the 905 close that margin as the team’s next game is on Monday, January 21st against the Long Island Nets. That intriguing matchup tips off at 3 PM Eastern Time at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.