Guide To The New G-League: Exhibit 10 Contracts and Top 25 Prospects

The D-League is now the G-League (Depth Charts) and this is the second part of a G-League Guide on the new changes with accompanying player profiles for upcoming season.  You can check out Part I where I broke down the 2-Way Contracts and Players.

The 2-way contracts adds an entirely new wrinkle to the G-League system.  In past seasons, the best prospects to join the G-League just signed an affiliate contract with the NBA/D-League team of their choosing, got a specified amount of money to come to NBA training camp that was below the minimum guarantee (usually between $25-100K but sometimes more), and after training camp headed to the D-League.  Now players have a choice to make, do I make a commitment to an NBA team for a season (or 2) as a 2-way player and can’t be called up by another NBA team or do I take an Exhibit 10 contract.  A 2-way contract is with an NBA team but the Exhibit 10, after being cut in NBA training camp, becomes a contact with the G-League team.

Exhibit 10 Contract: New Affiliate Player

An Exhibit 10 player is basically what an affiliate player used to be.  But the difference is that with an Exhibit 10 players can only get up to $50K for going to NBA training camp.  And they have to spend 60 days with that G-League team in order to get that $50K.  Basically till Christmas.  So guys that want to jump Overseas after NBA camp no longer get to keep their camp money, they have to stick around for two months.  Over at 2waysand10days.com they have a G-League FAQ and this clip below is of particularly interest to European teams.

It will be interesting to see if 2-ways and Exhibit 10’s are long term solutions because they are so restrictive for players, hamper a lot of European/Overseas teams in trying to fill positions now, and keep a lot of talent around just to hangout in the G-League.  10-day NBA contracts don’t even start till January.  But certainly for the NBA it’s smart to hang on to assets you’ve invested into.

Exhibit 10 or 2-Way

*Editor’s Note: After getting some NBA feedback, it seems the choice doesn’t really matter because a team can convert any Exhibit 10 into a 2-Way contract.

So for players, the decision is do you take the 2-way, which likely guarantees you a certain amount of time in the NBA, maybe not all 45 days the team is allocated to give you, but certainly you’ll be called up.  Or do you take the Exhibit 10 and just try to get a full-time call up from an NBA team.  Players that are really close to being in the NBA should just take an Exhibit 10, go play well in the G-League, and wait for one of 30 teams to call them up, not one of one.  Marcus Georges-Hunt, Abdel Nader, Isaiah Taylor, Johnny O’Bryant, Eric Moreland, and Alfonzo McKinnie are all players who were affiliate D-Leaguers last season, played well, and have no signed guaranteed NBA contracts.  If you’re close to making the NBA, don’t restrict your options.  But for players who have a much less significant shot at making the NBA, having the comfort of a 2-way can make sense.

Top 25 G-League Prospects

After reviewing all the 2-way contract players yesterday, here’s an overall look at my current pre-season stab at the Top 25 Prospects in the G-League.  2-way player write-ups are in the 2-way article.  Which will make this pretty short as 20 of my Top 25 are on 2-way contracts (if you include the HM players it’s 27 of 43).

One thing I noticed while doing the rankings is I definitely leaned towards players with NBA experience.  And players who have some pro experience under their belt are going to produce in the G-League.  So as the season starts and the rookies progress, the rankings could change a lot.  Going through rookies in the Top 25 and the HM, it’s a narrow difference right now.  But the good news is there is a ton of interesting and versatile talent.  And this was a nice exercise to get ready for the season.

Top 25 Rules: If you’ve played in the D-League for three or more seasons or are over 25 years old you didn’t qualify for the list.  We know those players, they’ve had plenty of G-League chances, and this list is for the players who are still ‘prospects’.

2-Way Contract Players*

Top 25

  1. James Michael McAdoo | 5.0 | Delaware 87ers*

  2. Darrun Hilliard | 2.5 | Austin Spurs*

  3. Joel Bolomboy | 4.5 | Wisconsin Herd*

  4. Jakarr Sampson | 3.5 | Reno Bighorns*

  5. Trey Burke | 1.0 | Westchester Knicks

    Burke, like Michael McAdoo and Sampson to a degree, has legit NBA experience.  Which is pretty rare for this list.  Burke was a starter or near at times, averaging 13 points a game in his rookie and second season, along with 6 and then 4 assists a game.  Burke was an NBA regular after getting drafted in the lottery.  He’s a shooting PG who wasn’t able to fulfill the backup PG role for the Wizards last season.  Burke isn’t a super quick NBA athlete, more of an outside the paint player and ball mover.  Could make a Shane Larkin or Norris Cole type move eventually.

  6. Edy Tavares | 5.0 | Raptors 905

    Everyone knows Edy. He’s absolutely humongous, his hands are giant size, and he’s the best G-League defensive anchor.  The 905 defensively totally changed last year with him as their backbone and they won the D-League Championship.  Tavares got a late season call-up to the Cavs but broke his hand.

  7. Georges Niang | 4.0 | Santa Cruz Warriors

    The former Iowa State star was drafted in the 2nd Round by the Pacers and barely played in the NBA while getting inconsistent assignments to the Mad Ants.  Offensively Niang will be one of the most skilled players in the G-League immediately.  His feel for the game, playmaking, passing, and ability to play in multiple spots in the half-court is rare.  The key for him moving forward will be his defense.  And secondarily being a more consistent outside shooter.  But he’s a top triple double threat in the league.

  8. Alex Caruso | 1.0 | South Bay Lakers*

  9. Alex Poythress | 4.5 | Fort Wayne Mad Ants*

  10. Jameel Warney | 5.0 | Texas Legends*

  11. Daniel Hamilton | 2.5 | OKC Blue*

  12. Jake Wiley | 4.5 | Long Island Nets*

  13. Rashawn Thomas | 4.5 | OKC Blue*

  14. Vince Hunter | 4.5 | Memphis Hustle*

  15. Alec Peters | 3.5 | Northern Arizona Suns*

  16. Jabari Bird | 2.5 | Maine Red Claws*

  17. Kadeem Allen | 1.5 | Maine Red Claws*

  18. Jalen Jones | 3.5 | Greensville Swarm*

  19. Michael Gbinije | 2.5 | Santa Cruz Warriors

    What is he?  That’s the #1 question with Gbinije and we get a chance to find out in the G-League.  He was a super tall PG at Syracuse based on team necessity but never really found his role with the Pistons, Drive, or Pistons Summer League team.  Gbinije is a versatile ball-handler and has shown some dynamic slashing ability.  Has played well in the past with the Nigerian National Team too.

  20. Matt Costello | 5.0 | Austin Spurs*

  21. Monte Morris | 1.0 | RGV Vipers*

  22. London Perrantes | 1.0 | Canton Charge*

  23. Johnathan Motley | 4.7 | Texas Legends*

  24. Michael Young | 4.5 | Delaware 87ers*

  25. Jeremy Senglin | 1.5 | Long Island Nets

    Shooter.  Senglin is an absolute flame thrower.  He lit up the nets in the Big Sky Conference and had a solid Las Vegas Summer League performance.  He will be one of the best shooters in the G-League.  The big move for his game will be his on the ball versatility and if he looks more like a PG or a combo.  But his ability to shoot off the dribble is already a high level skill.

Sleeper: Milton Doyle | 2.0 | Long Island Nets*

I’m allowing myself one sleeper pick and it goes to Doyle.  He was awesome at PIT in April and showed something at Summer League.  Doyle has the size, handle, playmaking, and slashing that really make a him a unique + modern wing prospect.  He’s 6’4″, lanky, and narrowly missed on having a 15-5-5 average as a senior at Loyola (IL).  Keep your eyes on him.

HM: Jaron Blossomgame, Gian Clavell*, PJ Dozier*, Devin Robinson*, Isaiah Hicks*, Charles Cooke*, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Amile Jefferson, Derrick Walton*, Danuel House, TJ Williams, Melo Tremble, Marshall Plumlee, Quinn Cook*, Erik McCree,  Jarrod Uthoff, Jeremy Morgan, Kennedy Meeks