Alabama Pro Basketball Update, Domestic Edition
Well, it’s been a while since we did a deep dive into how Alabama’s former players are doing in the professional ranks, so here’s a long-overdue update. As with last time, we’ll do NBA and G League in one post, and all of the overseas players in a second post.
Collin Sexton has taken his game to another level. Much like last year, when Sexton’s season took off after being snubbed for the Rising Stars Game, Sexton has found another gear again following the Rising Stars snub. Since February 1 (15 games), Sexton is averaging 24.3 points, 4.2 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. He had a 4-game stretch recently where he matched a career high of 31 points, set a new career high of 32 points 2 games later, and then set another new career high of 41 points in the next game. He’s currently on another long streak of scoring in double figures (currently 35 straight games), and has scored in double figures in 61 of 64 games this season. For the season, he’s averaging 20.7 points a game. His 46.8 FG% is 6th in the NBA among all shooting guards.
Did we mention that he still hasn’t missed a game? In the era of “load management,” Sexton has played in 146 straight games (as of March 9), and has started 136 in a row. He’s been a finalist for Eastern Conference Player of the Week six times this season (though yet to win), and a finalist for conference Player of the Month once. And that Rising Stars game snub? He did end up playing in this year’s game as a injury replacement, and scored 21 points in the game.
Donta Hall’s stellar play in the G League (15.4 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.3 blocks) led to Detroit signing him to a 10-day contract on February 22. He appeared in 3 games, posting modest numbers, but apparently impressed the Pistons enough to sign him to a 2nd 10-day contract last week. They’ve got to decide by mid-week this week whether or not to sign Hall for the remainder of the season, or let him return to Grand Rapids and risk having another team sign him.
Levi Randolph’s G League play also resulted in him getting a brief look by Cleveland. For the season, Randolph is averaging 16.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.1 steals per game, and is shooting 48.5% from the field. Randolph scored a league-high 47 points in a game last month. Back in January, just prior to the deadline for NBA teams to sign players to two-way contracts, Cleveland signed Randolph to such a deal. Randolph dressed out for one game with Cleveland (didn’t play), and was returned to Canton for the next two games. Six days after signing Randolph, the Cavs waived him, and he returned to Canton full-time. We’ve anticipated Cleveland signing Randolph again, possibly to a 10-day contract, but no movement so far. Cleveland has signed 7 different 10-day deals since the 10-day contract availability period opened up in mid-January, but inexplicably haven’t done one with Randolph.
JaMychal Green keeps grinding with the Clippers, though his minutes are down in the last few weeks since the team is fully healthy. He’s 3rd in minutes among bench players, so he’s solidly in the 8-man rotation. His value continues to be stretching the floor as a power forward, shooting right under 36% from behind the arc.
Trevor Lacey continues to play for the Wisconsin Herd, and has recently cracked the starting lineup (has started 10 out of 36 games). He’s only averaging 4.7 points a game, though he did post 22 points in a recent contest.
Next post, we’ll address international play, where players changing teams and games lost to the coronavirus will be the main topics.