New Orleans Pelicans: Where the Pels youngsters stand into the all-star break

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New Orleans Pelicans: What’s in store for Naji Marshall and Will Magnay?

Naji Marshall and Will Magnay are both effectively Erie BayHawks players right now, but could still play a role with the New Orleans Pelicans in the months to come. They are still on two-way contracts with the Pels.

The BayHawks are currently As of publication time, the BayHawks are second in the G League with an 11-4 record. No matter what, they are in the G League playoffs, so it will be fun to watch Marshall and Magnay compete in that type of environment if they aren’t called up by the Pels prior to that.

A call-up could still happen. For instance, the Oklahoma City Thunder recalled their rookie Aleksej Pokusevski from their development team despite being on the edge of a playoff spot. The Chicago Bulls also recalled Devon Dotson from the G League Bubble recently, while the G League Ignite had their big man Donta Hall signed to a 10-day contract by the Toronto Raptors in the middle of the regular season.

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Magnay and Marshall have both impressed in the Lake Buena Vista bubble.

Marshall is averaging roughly 16 points per game and over one steal. He has the makings to be a 3-and-D type of wing in the NBA, although his shot is definitely the biggest question. He’s shooting 35 percent from deep in the G League, which isn’t too bad. Marshall went undrafted out of Xavier and actually played eight minutes for the Pelicans earlier this season before the G League got underway.

Meanwhile, Magnay is a 6-foot-10 Australian big man who has the potential to block shots and stretch the floor. He has missed some G League games, but he is scoring about nine points per night while dishing out a couple of assists and getting five rebounds.

Magnay’s numbers are not as impressive as Marshall’s, but he might have a higher ceiling. I can envision him having a role for the Pelicans, especially given the dire frontcourt situation. Many Pels fans probably would’ve preferred Magnay getting a chance over the often criticized Nicolò Melli, for instance.

This G League season will officially end on March 11. The eight teams that qualify for the playoffs will play single-elimination games until a champion is decided. Let’s see what happens with Marshall and Magnay then.

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