When Crimson Crossover launched back in August, I committed to do some periodic updates on Alabama’s professional basketball players. We’re now almost two months into some of the league season, and I’ve yet to do any updates, so I need to make up for lost time. Since there’s a lot of ground to cover, I’m going to break this first update into two posts. The first will cover domestic players in the NBA and the developmental G League. The subsequent post will cover the players playing abroad.
We’ll start with the NBA. Collin Sexton, now into his second season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, is currently averaging 17.8 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game, and 2.1 assists per game. He scored a career-high 31 points vs New York back on November 10. Young Bull’s scoring average is about a point per game improvement over last year’s average of 16.7 PPG. With the drafting of Darius Garland, Sexton is playing more 2-guard this season, so his assists numbers are down from last year. Sexton is currently in the midst of a 40-game streak in which he has scored in double figures. He’ll play in his 100th professional game tomorrow (November 27). Cleveland is currently 13th in the Eastern Conference with a 5-12 record.
JaMychal Green begins his first full season with the Los Angeles Clippers, after having been traded to LAC at last year’s trading deadline. Green entered the off-season as a free agent, but re-signed with the Clippers for a mid-level exception in order to play for a championship contender. Green is coming off the bench, averaging 22.1 minutes per game, and contributing 7.6 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game. Green’s best outings have been a 23 point, 8 rebound performance and a 14 point, 14 rebound game. Green has developed a knack for knocking down 3-pointers, which he is currently doing at a 37.5% clip. LA is off to a 12-5 start and sit 3rd in the Western Conference.
Moving to the G League, where Levi Randolph is in his second season with the Canton Charge, Cleveland affiliate. Randolph starts and plays heavy minutes (37.7 minutes per game). Current averages are 17.7 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game, and 4.0 assists per game. Randolph was among the league leaders in 3PG percentage last season, though his percentage has tailed off a bit this season (36.8%, down from 45.1%). Randolph’s highlight thus far this season was a 35 point game vs Delaware.
Donta Hall was in camp with the Detroit Pistons, and was allocated by the Pistons to the
Grand Rapids Drive following the end of camp. Nine games into his pro career, Hall is averaging 12.3 points per game, 9.6 rebounds per game, and 1.6 blocks per game. Hall’s season thus far is highlighted by a dominating 25 point / 16 rebound game vs Westchester. His most recent game was a 12 point / 12 rebound double-double vs. Erie.
After having spent the past two seasons in Russia, Trevor Lacey made his G League debut this season with the Wisconsin Herd, a Milwaukee Bucks affiliate. Lacey’s season got a late start due to injury, so he has only appeared in 4 games, all off the bench. Thus far, Lacey is averaging 4.0 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game.
That covers the two domestic leagues. We’ll get to the various European and Asian leagues later this week. Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @bamaproupdates for daily pro basketball nuggets!