After a run of superlative play in the Winter Showcase, Jordan Loyd of the Raptors 905 was named G League Player of the Week for December 17th to 23rd. This is additionally noteworthy when we remember that Loyd is on a two-way contract with the full-on Raptors.
In two games of the Showcase, Loyd led the entire league in scoring with 31.5 points per game, plus 5.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and (whoa) 4.5 steals per game. Numbers like that deservedly got him on the All G League Showcase First Team. For the season, Loyd is putting up 23.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.9 steals per game through 17 contests — not bad for a 6’4’’, 200 pound guard.
This is all indicative of two things when it comes to the Raptors organization as a whole. One, they’re identifying top line “minor league” talent to help build out their G League team and solidify the bottom third of their NBA rotation. And two, the talent they are finding is getting better as they go along with Toronto. I’m thinking of course of players like Alfonzo McKinnie, Malcolm Miller, Lorenzo Brown, and now lately Chris Boucher (who won the Player of the Week award at the end of November) and Loyd.
All of these guys were, in a sense, journeymen players, but have found some level of consistency — and growth! — beginning with the Raptors and the 905. They’ve either stayed with the team and helped out in short minutes here and there (Miller and Brown), or gone on to even greater success elsewhere (McKinnie). Not bad for a G League team that’s only been around for a few seasons.