The annual NBA G League Draft was held today at 1:00 pm.
The Salt Lake City Stars, the Jazz affiliate, selected big man Willie Reed with the number one overall pick.
From there, the Charlotte Hornets affiliate, Greensboro Swarm, held both the second and third pick.
Their first selection was Chinanu Onuaku, a big man who last played for the Houston Rockets during last year’s season.
He is seen as a menace down low as he is a well-footed defensive anchor in the paint. At 245 pounds, he has the physical tools to be a problem for opposing bigs trying to pay their way inside.
But, Onaku is most notably known for another part of the game. This is the grandma-shot form of his free throws.
Here’s a tutorial by him on how to do it.
Onaku has also proven to be an excellent rebounder and could develop into a utility piece for the Hornets if they need more interior defense. At 21 years old, he still has time to develop to develop some form of an offensive game.
As for the third overall selection, the Swarm picked Tyler Nelson out of Fairfield.
Nelson had been a staple for the Stags’ team as his veteran leadership was evident in his four years as a starter. In fact, he became the program’s all-time leader in points last season due to his consistency on the offensive level. The 6’3” guard has shown the ability to shoot from all three levels in the halfcourt, which should allow the Swarm to be a very versatile unit with him on the floor.
It should be fun to see how these two players will compliment one of the Hornets two-way contract players, J.P Macura. Macura has been able to play all wing positions, and the Swarm can have that flexibility with Nelson running the point. Onuaku could also be a key screen-setter in the coordination of the newly sound offense behind coach Joe Wolf.
The Swarm should be an interesting group to watch this season. All 50 regular season games are streamed on their official Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/greensboroswarm/