The (new) two-way players will have to grab every opportunity to prove their team that they’re worth a regular spot in the line-up. These players definitely got the message that there’s no time like the present, and had a convincing pre-season.
Kostas Antetokounmpo – Dallas Mavericks
Everyone has seen how Kostas’ brother Giannis developed into one of the best, and athletic players in the NBA. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the Dallas Mavericks decided to take a chance on his brother, though Kostas still needs to improve his skills to be able to earn himself a full NBA contract.
His main point of improvement will be on the offensive aspect of his game, as he wasn’t great at creating shots for himself during his time at Dayton, and that’s definitely something you’ll need in the NBA. But, luckily for him, the Mavericks have several guards that aren’t afraid to include the big man in the game
Allonzo Trier – New York Knicks
Trier was probably the most convincing two-way contract player in the pre-season. He played more than 20 minutes in three of their four games, while averaging more than 15 points. If he continues this upward trend, be a steady scoring and creating players for the Knicks, Trier definitely has the chance to earn himself a regular contract in New York.
Yuta Watanabe – Memphis Grizzlies
Watanabe played in three of the Grizzlies’ pre-season games so far, and at first he seemed to get the normal ‘garbage’ minutes reserved for the two-way players, but he was able to turn that around in their game against the Indiana Pacers.
It was a very close game, and as the stars had a night off, nobody was able to make a difference and secure the win. Watanabe wanted to make that difference, and proved to be a good defender, had a lot of hustle plays and grabbed some important steals, but most importantly, he tied the game in the last seconds of the fourth quarter with a very difficult three-pointer. Now, Watanabe will have to continue to develop himself, and show that he can actually be the deciding player the Grizzlies need.