The 905 fielded arguably one of the best D-League teams ever last season, finished the year with the best record in the league, and won the championship. Fast forward to this year, and the 905 are now a team with a lot of rookies and guys with little to no G League experience.
Except, after a rough start, the results have been the same. The 905 went 2-0 this week, and have extended their winning streak to an eye-opening nine games. Here’s what went down this past week.
Friday Jan. 5th — vs. Erie BayHawks
Final score: 100-85 for the 905
The 905 hit the road to Erie and put on a show, dominating in all aspects of the game. All the key 905ers played one of if not their best games of the season. The team’s defense was rock solid again. And it looks like the squad is buying into coach Jerry Stackhouse’s defensive first system.
Have a Game, Bruno Caboclo
The most interesting player on this 905 team is still Bruno Caboclo. Sometimes he looks great, other times he disappears — it’s frustrating, but fascinating to watch. This game was one of the dominant performances as Caboclo recorded 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 32 minutes of play.
Alfonzo McKinnie Propels the 905 to Victory
Alfonzo McKinnie has seen a lot more time with the 905 as of late, given the health of the Toronto Raptors. Fortunately for the 905, McKinnie has come down to the G League and played well.
In only 25 minutes, McKinnie managed to register 17 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assists and a block in a very productive game. McKinnie’s contract is now also guaranteed for this whole season as he was not waived before this game.
Kennedy Meeks Continues to Control the Paint
The 905 do not have any stand out G Leaguers who seem destined to get 10-day contracts like last season (e.g. Axel Toupane and Edy Tavares). But if one was to make a bet on this year's roster, Kennedy Meeks stands as the player who has the best chance to make it.
Although the NBA is going away from the traditional big man, Meeks has made an effort to slim down and play more at the power forward spot. When Meeks is playing centre however he totally kills it in the G League. Case in point, this game: Meeks had a very impressive 16 points, 6 rebounds and an assist in 28 minutes.
- Lorenzo Brown had an impressive 15 assists in this one, along with 8 points, and 3 rebounds in 34 minutes.
- Davion Berry appears to be snapping out of his recent slump, as he added 11 points and 2 rebounds off the bench.
- Negus Webster-Chan is still out with his on-going leg injury, while Kuran Iverson and Andre Washington were hit with a DNP-CD.
Sunday Jan. 7th — vs. Maine Red Claws
Final score: 100-93 for the 905
With a bad storm hitting Erie, the 905 were forced to bus from Erie to Toronto, and then fly from Toronto to Boston, and then bus to Maine. With all this extra travel and time on a bus, the 905 looked a little sluggish to begin the game, and were down 30-17 after the first quarter. However, the 905 rallied and ended up making the comeback to secure their ninth win in a row.
Say it Again: Lorenzo Brown is Too Good
I still don’t understand how Lorenzo Brown hasn’t been in the NBA even as a third-string point guard. When he is with the Raptors, despite being shot-averse, Brown shows the ability to be a productive player in the NBA. In the G League, he’s looked like an all-world player.
Through all the tired leg travel woes, Brown had an incredible 32 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds in 34 minutes to continue his G League dominance.
Davion Berry Leads the Bench Unit
Davion Berry has found a roll on this team following his two-game suspension and slump afterwards. Berry will often run the point with the bench unit, or play off the ball, which seems to be his best fit.
With the bench, Berry is often the go-to guy which has helped him re-discover his shot and become more a facilitator. In this one, Berry had 12 points and 3 rebounds while shooting 2-of-5 from three in 26 minutes.
- Alfonzo McKinnie is continuing his G League success as he had 13 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 assist in 36 minutes of action.
- Shevon Thompson is still making a huge impact in small minutes. In only 16 minutes, Thompson had 8 points, 12 rebounds and a block.
- Negus Webster-Chan is still out with an injury, while Kethan Savage and Andre Washington were hit with DNP-CDs.
- The 905’s next two games are part of the G League Showcase, which means Alfonzo McKinnie and Bruno Caboclo will likely not be playing much with the 905. It will feature tons of NBA scouts and executives from North American and overseas. Look for every 905 hopeful, even the players who haven’t played much, to get a chance to shine.
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