May 31, 2023
G League Player to Watch (March): Darius Days

Darius Days actually made this choice simple.

The 6-7 ahead was an apparent decide for this month’s “G League Participant to Watch” – not solely due to his ridiculous particular person manufacturing, but additionally as a result of he led the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in a formidable run to sneak into the playoffs.

First a brief historical past lesson. Rio Grande Valley (RGV) has develop into probably the most profitable crew within the NBA’s official minor league historical past, reaching six finals and claiming 4 championships since 2010. within the playoffs. The Vipers received all of them in 2019 with a roster that additionally included Gary Payton II and Isaiah Hartenstein.

This 12 months…it wasn’t wanting good. Coming into March, the final month of the common season, RGV had a file of 10-12. The crew had misplaced 4 of their earlier 5, together with an embarrassing 26-point loss at residence to the South Bay Lakers. If the Vipers wished to maintain their six straight playoff sport streaks (excluding the season canceled resulting from COVID) alive, then they needed to flip issues round. instantly.

OK, again to Days. An unselected rookie from LSU signed a Two Manner contract with the Houston Rockets in October. The 23-year-old is a particularly versatile striker who can fill a number of positions along with his measurement, energy and mobility. He has spent most of this season with the Vipers and has confirmed to be a dependable 3-and-D participant. Firstly of March, he took an enormous step…

27 factors, 7 rebounds towards Oklahoma Metropolis

33 factors, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals towards Birmingham

26 factors, 10 rebounds towards Greensboro

28 factors, 11 rebounds towards Iowa

32 factors, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals towards Iowa

22 factors, 12 rebounds, 2 steals towards Memphis

The Vipers have received all of these six video games to return to the playoff image, and after dividing the subsequent 4, they’ve locked the sixth place within the Western Convention. Days shot 25.7 factors, 9.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per sport throughout that interval, capturing 50 p.c from the courtroom and 40 p.c from the three. Regardless of a median of 38.6 minutes (fifth highest within the league), he barely turned the ball – simply seven occasions in 10 video games. Lower than 72 hours after the Vipers secured their playoff spots, he was named March’s G League Participant of the Month.

The Vipers beat the #2 Lakers within the Convention quarterfinals and signed with guard Jalen Lecque. this challenging game-winning turnstile. And Days? After all he delivered: 21 factors (on 7/13 capturing), 8 rebounds and a couple of blocks.

You may catch the Days and Vipers going through off towards the Delaware Blue Coats within the G League Finals. Watch now till April 9 on ESPNU and ESPNews.


Luka Garza, Ahead, Iowa Wolves: 30.5 factors, 10 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, 68% FG, 46% 3P (4 GP)

Carlik Jones, Guard, Windy Metropolis Bulls: 26.3 factors, 4.3 rebounds, 6 assists, 2.3 steals, 46% FG, 35% 3P

Jahmi’us Ramsey, Guard, Oklahoma Metropolis Blue: 26 factors, 4.4 rebounds, 58% FG, 38% 3P

Lester Quinones, Guard, Santa Cruz Warriors: 24.2 factors, 6.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 46% FG

Jack White, Ahead, Grand Rapids Gold: 23.3 factors, 10.8 rebounds, 55% FG, 38% 3P

Trevelin Queen, Guard, Fort Wayne Mad Ants: 23.2 factors, 7.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 2.1 steals, 50% FG

Mfiondu Kabengele, Ahead, Maine Celtics: 21.7 factors, 11.9 rebounds, 61% FG, 41% 3P

Zavier Simpson, Guard, Lakeland Magic: 17.2 factors, 4.3 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 1.7 steals, 50% FG, 43% 3P


Jap Convention: Lengthy Island Nets (23-9)

Western Convention: Stockton Kings (25-7)

Scoring Champion: Carlik Jones (26.1)

Assists Champion: Jacob Gilyard (9.7)

Rebound Champion: Jayce Johnson (13.5)

Block Champion: Jay Huff (3.1)

Stealing Champion: Jaden Springer (2.3)

3PT Champion: Mychal Mulder (129)


Luka Samanic, Ahead, Maine Celtics to Utah Jazz

Xavier Sneed, Ahead, Greensboro Swarm to Charlotte Hornets

Jay Scrubb, Guard, Lakeland Magic to Orlando Magic

Lester Quinones, Guard, Santa Cruz Warriors to Golden State Warriors (twice this month)

Trevor Keels, Guard, Westchester Knicks to New York Knicks

Lindell Wiggington, Guard, Wisconsin Herd to Milwaukee Bucks

Jamaree Bouyea, Warden, Sioux Falls Skyforce to Washington Wizards

Jared Butler, Guard, Grand Rapids Gold to Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder

Sam Merrill, Guard, Cleveland Cost, to Cleveland Cavaliers

Jay Huff, middle, South Bay Lakers to Washington Wizards

Xavier Moon, Guard, Ontario Clippers to Los Angeles Clippers

Extra beneath:

Willie Cauley-Stein, middle, Rio Grande Valley Vipers to Houston Rockets

Kobi Simmons, Guardian, Greensboro Swarm to Charlotte Hornets

Loopy Ants to Gabe York, Guard, Fort Wayne Indiana Pacers

Skylar Mays, Guard, Mexico Metropolis Capitanes, to Portland Path Blazers

Shaquille Harrison, Guard, South Bay Lakers to Portland Path Blazers

Jeenathan Williams, Guard, Salt Lake Metropolis Stars to Portland Path Blazers

Justin Minaya, Striker, Mexico Metropolis Capitanes to Portland Path Blazers

Images through Getty Photos.

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