Two-way player Josh Gray was dominating the G-League leading up to the hiatus, but did he do enough to get a shot with the New Orleans Pelicans?
Gray was undrafted out of LSU but kept up the hustle, playing for the Northern Arizona Suns, Phoenix Suns, and Changwon Sakers in South Korea before finally signing a two-way with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Since joining the Erie Bayhawks, Gray has dominated the G-League, scoring 22.6 points per game, dishing out 6.9 assists, grabbing 5.3 rebounds and swiping 2.3 steals.
At the time of the suspension of play, Gray was 5th in the G-League in scoring, 7th in assists, and was one of the top rebounding point guards.
But do G-League numbers ever translate to NBA success?
There is some precedent. Guys like Will Bynum, Shaun Livingston, Anthony Tolliver, Danny Green, Justin Holiday, Seth Curry, Hassan Whiteside, Langston Galloway and Robert Covington were all G-League call-ups who managed to stick in the NBA and have nice careers.
Gray has never taken the easy road, transferring colleges twice before finally landing at LSU, where he was a teammate of Ben Simmons.
He is trying to live a Cinderella story and has put up the kind of numbers that might get him a shot with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Gray has been through a lot in his life, so I wouldn’t bet against him, but has he shown enough in the G-League to earn himself a chance?
It is a long shot, but if the salary cap plummets, the Pelicans might turn to more affordable options to fill out the bench.
Let’s take a look at Gray’s strengths and weaknesses, and what he could potentially bring to the Pelicans as a reserve point guard.