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Who’s The Best Power Forward In The G League? Ridiculous Upside Q&A

Ridiculous Upside answers a few questions from their Twitter followers.

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Honestly, this is a tough question to answer as there are a good amount of players that share time at SF/PF or PF/C. For example, while PJ Dozier and Johnathan Motley have both started at PF this year, most of their time on the court is spent playing other positions. When it comes to the guys that have are regularly playing at this position, I’d say that Justin Anderson, Vic Law, Yante Maten, Devontae Cacok, Henry Ellenson, Zylan Cheatham, Jarrell Brantley, and Jalen Jones all have a case for being in the top 5.

While that group of players is extremely strong, Justin Anderson is the best of the bunch in my eyes. Although he has been a small forward during the majority of his career, he’s played at power forward in nine of his eleven games with Long Island. During that time, he’s been a spectacular player by averaging 23.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1 steals on 51% from the field and 39% from 3 on 8.5 attempts per game with the Nets. That level of production combined with his well-rounded game, that I looked at in a recent piece, are the reasons behind him being the best power forward.

I really like Yudai! After starting the year on a rough note in November, he’s really developed into a fantastic role player for the Legends that can work hard on defense and consistently hit 3-pointers. During his last ten games, the Legend has averaged 10.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 steals on 54% from the field and 54% from 3 on 3.5 attempts per game. Those are great numbers!

While I’m unsure about him receiving a two-way deals as a lot of teams look at undrafted players or guys that were stars during the prior G League season, I can definitely see Yudai as a guy that plays a more significant role for the Mavs in Summer League and then gets signed to an exhibit 10 contract during training camp.

Most definitely! Since I first started to watch him when he was with George Washington, Watanabe was a very athletic and hard-working player that was a great defender and able to score from around the rim. While those skills have persisted during his two years in the G League, Yuta has progressed as an offensive weapon. That’s evident from how he’s currently averaging 17.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block on 55% from the field and 36% from beyond the arc on 4 attempts per game.

With him showing that he can be a consistent three-point threat, I definitely think he can get signed by an NBA team to a guaranteed contract.

Despite how fantastic he’s been during his separate stints in the G League, Jackson is arguably in the middle of his best year with the South Bay Lakers. In 10 games with the team, he’s averaged 21.4 points, 6.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals on 42% from the field and 39% from beyond the arc on 8.6 attempts per game. In addition to those great base numbers, he’s also maintaining a 63% True Shooting Percentage and a 3.0 Ast/TO ratio.

With those great numbers combined with his success overseas, you’d think that Jackson would be a favorite to get called up to the NBA. Although him being a 28-year-old that has only played a combined 84 minutes at the NBA level might eliminate some optimism, he’s playing at the best level of his career as someone that can shine on both ends of the court. While there are a lot of really solid point guards in the G League, I think Jackson stands out as one of the best of the bunch.

This is something that I’ve honestly never really thought about before or talked about with anyone else in the G League. However, I definitely like it as it’s one of the things that separates itself from the NBA or NCAA basketball. In addition to that, it allows new fans to familarize themselves with the colors and brand of a particular team. Although that may not seem like much, imagine the Lakers without the purple or gold or Boston Celtics without green uniforms.

Although there’s less emphasis on open tryouts in the G League since the introduction of two-ways and 10-days, most teams still hold open tryous with some of the best players participating in training camp. However, the competition in those tryouts are definitely tough as the G League stands as one of the best leagues in the world in terms of how good the players are.

In my opinion, the best way to get a team’s attention is either being a great shooter or someone that can play lockdown defense. T

Because the Charge are one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. As of this piece, Canton have a 26-13 record and are sitting 3rd in the Eastern Conference. That success comes from how they’re a well-rounded team that is solid on both ends of the court. Currently, they’re seventh in points per 100 possessions (110.5 points per 100) and fourteenth in opponent points per 100 possessions (107.7 points per 100).

With that steady success, I see no reason why Reinking and Levy won’t be with the team next year unless one of them get a better position with an NBA team.