In the build-up to the current 2019-20 G League season, the Lakeland Magic stood as one of the teams to watch. A lot of that was due to the team’s past success and their talented two-way duo of Josh Magette and B.J. Johnson. Magette is a 6-foot point guard that arguably stood as the best facilitator in the G League during the 2010s. Meanwhile, Johnson stood as an intriguing 6’7 wing that was coming off a fantastic rookie year for that organization.
During the two subsequent months, both players were able to shine at the level. Johnson has evolved to the point where he stands as one of the best players in the G League, while Magette stood as a consistent 20 point, 10 assist threat until Orlando signed him to a 10-day deal on January 11th.
After the Magette call-up, Orlando had a chance to sign another player to their newly opened two-way slot. Fortunately, the team didn’t have to look far as they signed 6’7 Lakeland wing Vic Law to a two-way contract on that same day. One look at his stats and you can quickly see why Orlando was quick to make a move as the rookie averaged 18.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal on 50% from the field and 40% from beyond the arc on 5 attempts per game before he got signed. During that period, his numbers allowed him to maintain an efficient 61% True Shooting Percentage.
Along with those tremendous stats, Law’s impact is evident when you look at on/off numbers. Currently, Lakeland’s offense is 11 points per 100 possessions better when he’s on the court ( 106.6 points per 100) compared to when he’s sitting on the bench ( 95.2 points per 100). Although Lakeland stands as the 15th best offense during the time where he’s on the court, they’re the worst unit by seven points, as the Windy City Bulls currently hold the bottom spot through averaging 102.2 points per 100 possessions.
The 6’7 wing has been able to make a tremendous impact on the Magic’s offense through being one of the more well-rounded scorers in the G League. During his rookie year, the rookie has shown himself to be able to be a consistent three-point threat, solid mid-range shooter, post-up scorer, and driving to the paint. Unlike most players that have I’ve covered this season, Law doesn’t have a method that he uses the majority of the time. Weirdly enough, he has equal distribution as he has 146 shots from inside the paint and beyond the arc.
Although he puts up an equal amount of shots in those two areas, a lot of his promise as an NBA prospect comes from his play as a perimeter shooter. Beyond the arc play isn’t exactly a new part of his game as the Magic rookie shot 37% on 524 total attempts during his four-year run with Northwestern. Despite the increased level of competition, his efficiency has grown to the point where he’s currently shooting 40% from 3 on 5.4 attempts per game.
Law’s productivity as a shooter comes from his consistent approach, whether he’s working off the catch or dribble. In both areas, the 6’7 wing uses a little hop step to settle his feet and make sure his body is facing the rim. After making sure that his body is right, the wing launches a smooth jumper that finishes with a high release point.
Along with being efficient from beyond the arc, Law’s steady shooting stroke has also helped him become a reliable mid-range threat. On shots between 8-24 feet from the rim, the Magic two-way player is shooting 50% on a total of 125 shot attempts. That solid percentage comes from how he can combine his pretty shooting stroke with an ability to use off-ball screens or step-back dribbles to create separation from his defender.
Now moving towards the paint, our subject has showcased himself to be a real post-up threat. Primarily working on the right block, the wing uses solid footwork and a sturdy 201-pound frame to get an advantage over the opposition. With that edge, the Northwestern alum can either put up a fadeaway jumper or a right-handed hook shot. In either area, the wing exhibits excellent touch.
Although he isn’t the quickest or most athletic wing in the G League, the Magic rookie has been a reliable on-ball driver. That dependability starts with his play on the perimeter through being able to use change of speed moves or crossovers to be able to get around his perimeter defender.
Once he gets into the paint, the wing can keep the opposition on their toes through being able to drive directly to the rim or use a right-handed floater. An example of that second trait is evident in the clip below, as Law uses a fake to the left to get the defender off-balance before driving to the right. Due to Kenny Wooten waiting near the rim, Law puts up a right-handed floater that goes over the opponent’s head and goes through the net after a few lucky bounces. Despite a lack of athleticism, that approach works as he’s currently shooting 73% from within the restricted area on 78 total attempts.
After only two months in the G League, he has gone from being an intriguing exhibit 10 prospect to currently standing as one of the best wings in the G League and signed to a two-way deal with the Orlando Magic. That progression has been exhilarating to watch as it’s becoming clear that the 24-year-old is a good enough player to have a future in the NBA that goes beyond his current deal with Orlando.
Is there a chance that optimism could come back to bite me in the ass in the future? Sure. However, a combination of size, skill, and smart play makes me believe that we’ll be seeing Vic Law on an NBA roster from 2020-21 and beyond.