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Ridiculous Upside Q&A: What Has Happened With Briante Weber? When Will The Next G League Season Start?

In the latest Ridiculous Upside Q&A, writer Dakota Schmidt answers various questions pertaining to the G League?

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Briante Weber is someone that I’ve felt was good enough to be an NBA player since his second year with Sioux Falls in 2016-17. That was largely due to just how fantastic he was on the defensive end with sticking on his man like glue and being a force on the weak side. He was awarded for that by being on the D/G League All-Defensive Team in both 2016-17 and 2017-18.

That tremendous defense along with being a very solid facilitator that averaged 6.2 assists with a 2.2 Ast/TO ratio during his 120 games in the D/G League allowed him to consistently stand as an elite guard in the league. However, not being the most consistent outside shooter in a time where that became a bigger premium in pro basketball prevented him from getting more than a couple of 10-days with teams.

Since leaving the G League in 2018-19, Weber has played with Olympiacos of the EUroleague for 13 games after the end of that season and Boulogne-Levallois of the French Jeep Elite League in 2019-20. After spending the summer with the Hamilton Honey Badgers of the CEBL, Weber currently stands as a man without a basketball team.

Before I’m able to really answer that question, we have to figure out when the NBA’s season will start. Since I started to cover the league in 2012, the G League season starts around two weeks after the NBA’s begins, no matter if the big brother’s year began in early November or mid-October. While there’s no official start date for the next season, NBA commissioner Adam Silver did recently say in an interview with CNN that his best guess that it will begin in January at the earliest. if the next NBA season were to start on like January 15th, it would make sense that the G League’s were to begin in early February.

In terms of fans being allowed in games, I’d personally be against that due the pessimism that we’ll be at the level of countries like Sweden, New Zealand, or Germany where the worst is behind them and they are close to having a sense of normalcy. Until the daily cases are drastically decreased or we have a vaccine, I’d be against fans being allowed at G League games and think the league would take the same approach.

Honestly, I think we have to wait a few more years until a vaccine puts the COVID-19 pandemic behind us and owners like Robert Sarver have time to recover financially before we start to think about the Suns getting back into the G League. Even then, I’d still be hesitant to think that they would as the Suns front office didn’t do a lot to help Northern Arizona, whether that was seen with only having one two-way player for half of the 2019-20 season to not spending much money on exhibit 10 players.

To answer your question, I think we’ll have to wait a few years to see if the Suns will get back into the G League.

Besides the news of the Northern Arizona Suns getting sold to Detroit and the G League Select Team, the news surrounding the league has been limited since the COVID-19 pandemic put an end to the 2019-20 season. Right now, I’d guess that Capitanes de Ciudad de Mexico will be in the G League whenever the season starts. Like I said with Phoenix, I think we’ll be waiting a few years before we see Denver or Portland get their own G League affiliate due to the financial effects of COVID-19.