Who are the Best Two-Way Players in the NBA?
At the beginning of the NBA season, the league decided to expand their rosters from 15 to 17-players, with the final two roster spots going to players under “two-way contracts”.
A new concept which the league decided to introduce, a two-way player is one who is meant to spend the majority of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45-days on a team’s main roster. Of course, two-way guys are paid based on the number of games they have spent in each league. Only players with four or fewer years of NBA service can qualify for two-year contracts.
Now, the season may be young, but already, some two-way players have begun asserting themselves in the league, showing their teams that they truly deserve a spot on an NBA main roster. These guys have something to prove!
5. James Michael McAdoo (Philadelphia 76ers)
Not getting much playing time on the loaded Golden State Warriors during his first three seasons in the league, James Michael McAdoo has earned the reputation of grinder, always ready to play when called on. With two NBA championship rings on his resume, McAdoo also can provide some much needed leadership to a young Sixers team down the stretch.
4. Jack Cooley (Sacramento Kings)
Averaging 15.6-points and 11.5-rebounds per game in his G League career, Jack Cooley has cemented himself as a potential option for an end of the bench role on an NBA team. The big, 6’10” centre was a standout in Notre Dame and has some NBA experience with the Utah Jazz.
No defensive possession is complete without the rebound, and Cooley can grab a ton of boards, while being able to play effectively in the paint.
3. Quinn Cook (Golden State Warriors)
When you play for the Golden State Warriors, you won’t be getting many minutes as Quinn Cook has probably noticed by his 19-minutes of playing time across three contests.
Despite spending most of his time in the G League, Cook has had a very successful college career at Duke University and has been absolutely balling down in the G League over the past three seasons. This year, Cook has averaged 26.3-points, 8.4-assists, and 5.3-boards per game with the Santa Cruz Warriors, while showing maturity on the floor and the ability to perform on either end.
2. Jabari Bird (Boston Celtics)
Nowadays it seems like anything the Boston Celtics touch turns to gold.
He may not be a great scorer, but Jabari Bird is an NBA ready defender and after just two NBA games is already the second greatest player with the last name “Bird” to suit up for the Celtics. Again, the offensive side of his game won’t amaze anyone, but Bird can most definitely guard NBA talent!
1. Mike James (Phoenix Suns)
No, this is not the dude who dropped 20-a game for the Toronto Raptors what seems to be a decade ago. Nevertheless, Mike James is in fact a name to take notice of. The first two-way player to start an NBA game, the 27-year old rookie has not yet played a G League game all season and is making a case to receive a standard contract.
Through 20-games, James has averaged 10.7-points per game for the Suns, while dishing out nearly four dimes a contest, starting half of the Suns regular season games.