The Delaware Blue Coats (12-9), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, fell to the Grand Rapids Drive (13-10), 100-91, on Friday night at 76ers Fieldhouse. Zhaire Smith, on assignment from the 76ers, scored a game-high 19 points (6-9 fg, 4-6 3fg, 1-1 ft) with three rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes for the Blue Coats. Smith’s 19 points match his career-high total in the G League.
76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok added 14 points and six rebounds in 30 minutes of action for Delaware, while Jared Brownridge came off the bench to tally 13 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes of work. Christ Koumadje, the NBA G League leader in blocked shots per game (3.8), added five rejections and corralled a team-high 13 rebounds in a game-high 36 minutes for the Blue Coats. Koumadje was the team’s leading rebounder for the ninth-straight game.
The contest featured 13 lead changes and was tied seven times. The Blue Coats led 43-42 at the halftime break and 69-66 after three quarters. The Drive out rebounded the Blue Coats, 66-48, marking a season-high total for the visitors.
A pair of 16-point performances paced Grand Rapids. Donta Hall registered his sixth-straight double-double with 16 points (8-12 fg) and 16 rebounds in 27 minutes for the Drive, while Adam Woodbury came off the bench to collect a double-double of his own with 16 points (8-18 fg) and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes. Detroit Pistons two-way contract player Louis King posted 12 points (5-18 fg, 2-2 ft) and eight rebounds in 27 minutes as a Drive reserve, and Tra-Deon Hollins was a game-high plus-29 while stuffing the stat sheet with game-high totals in assists (12) and steals (5) to go along with his eight points (3-8 fg, 1-1 ft).
The Delaware Blue Coats (11-8), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeated the Long Island Nets (6-13), 111-88, on Saturday afternoon at 76ers Fieldhouse. Christ Koumadje recorded a triple-double with 12 points (6-11 fg), a season-high 16 rebounds and a franchise-record 10 blocked shots in 32 minutes for the Blue Coats. Koumadje, who was a game-high plus-36, previously tied the franchise record with seven blocked shots (76ers two-way contract player Norvel Pelle, three times) on Dec. 19 against Stockton.
76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok, the NBA G League’s leading scorer, tallied a game-high 22 points (8-18 fg, 4-7 3fg, 1-1 ft) with five rebounds and three steals in 26 minutes for the Blue Coats. Delaware’s Xavier Munford posted 18 points (6-10 fg, 2-4 3fg, 2-3 ft), five rebounds and eight assists in 20 minutes of action, while Michael Bryson added a season-high 14 points (6-12 fg, 2-5 3fg) in 25 minutes off the bench. Munford’s eight assists came without a single turnover.
The Blue Coats held a 66-39 advantage at halftime and led by as many as 28 points in the contest. Six Delaware players reached double figures scoring for the sixth time this season, while the team hauled in more than 50 rebounds (54) for the 14th time.
Long Island was led by John Egbunu’s near double-double with 18 points (7-13 fg, 2-4 ft), nine rebounds and three blocked shots in 23 minutes as a reserve. Jaylen Hands scored 17 points (5-19 fg, 2-10 3fg, 2-2 ft) with four rebounds in 34 minutes for the Nets.
The Delaware Blue Coats (10-7), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, fell to the College Park Skyhawks (10-8), 132-125, on Friday night at 76ers Fieldhouse. The Blue Coats connected on a season-high 21 3-point field goals in a game that saw 17 lead changes and nine ties. 76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok posted a game-high 29 points (11-19 fg, 6-10 3fg, 1-1 ft) with six rebounds in 29 minutes in front of a sold-out crowd. Six 3-point field goals made were a career-high total for the rookie.
Haywood Highsmith scored 18 points (6-12 fg, 4-7 3fg, 1-1 ft) and grabbed seven rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench for the Blue Coats, while Jared Brownridge also totaled 18 points (7-9 fg, 4-6 3fg) as a reserve. Xavier Munford tallied his fourth double-double of the season with 17 points (6-13 fg, 3-6 3fg, 1-2 ft) and 10 assists in 32 minutes, while Christ Koumadje also secured a double-double for the home team with 15 points (6-14 fg, 2-3 ft), 13 rebounds and three blocked shots in a game-high-tying 33 minutes of action. Koumadje has now recorded a double-double on six occasions this season.
Delaware’s previous season-high total for 3-point field goals made was 20, set on Dec. 17 in a road win at Greensboro. The Blue Coats led 79-78 at halftime after a Shayok three-pointer beat the first half buzzer. The team’s 21 triples came on a season-high 46 attempts from downtown, good for its second-highest 3-point field goal percentage (.457) of the season.
College Park saw eight players reach double figures scoring in the victory. Philadelphia native Tahjere McCall tallied a career-high 28 points (7-13 fg, 4-6 3fg, 7-9 ft) with six rebounds and five assists in 23 minutes off the bench for the Skyhawks. Cat Barber posted his third double-double of the season with 23 points (10-17 fg, 2-2 ft) and 10 assists in 33 minutes for the visitors, while Nick Ward added 16 points (8-11 fg) and six rebounds in his first-career start.
The Delaware Blue Coats (6-4), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeated Raptors 905 (3-5), 115-106, on Tuesday night at 76ers Fieldhouse for the team’s third-straight victory. In his fifth game with the Blue Coats, 76ers two-way contract player Norvel Pelle notched his third double-double of the season with 20 points (9-14 fg, 1-2 ft), a season-high-tying 14 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in 27 minutes of action.
Six Blue Coats players scored in double figures for the fourth time this season. Zhaire Smith, on assignment from the 76ers, tallied a season-high-tying 18 points (8-13 fg, 1-2 3fg, 1-1 ft) and added five rebounds in 31 minutes. 76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok posted 16 points (5-13 fg, 2-5 3fg, 3-3 ft), six rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes off the bench for Delaware, while Christ Koumadje added a season-high 12 points (5-6 fg, 1-1 ft) to go along with four rebounds and three blocks in 15 minutes as a reserve.
Delaware led 54-49 at halftime and is now a perfect 5-0 overall when leading at the break.
The 905 also saw six players reach double figures scoring. Dewan Hernandez, on assignment from Toronto, posted a game-high 22 points (10-17 fg, 2-3 ft) with eight rebounds in 27 minutes. Raptors two-way contract player Shamorie Ponds came off the bench and scored 17 of his 19 points (6-15 fg, 2-7 3fg, 2-2 ft) in the second half. Justin Anderson (4-15 fg, 3-10 3fg, 4-5 ft) and Raptors two-way contract player Oshae Brissett (7-25 fg, 1-9 3fg, 1-2 ft) each contributed 17 points in the loss, with Brissett adding 11 rebounds in 27 minutes to secure his first career double-double.
The Blue Coats will host the Capital City Go-Go on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at 76ers Fieldhouse.
The Delaware Blue Coats (3-4), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, fell to the Wisconsin Herd (7-1), 124-119, on Saturday night at 76ers Fieldhouse. Zhaire Smith, on assignment from the 76ers, posted a season-high 18 points (7-18 fg, 1-5 3fg, 2-2 ft) with seven rebounds and three steals in 32 minutes for the Blue Coats.
Six Blue Coats players, including Smith, scored in double figures in the loss. Tonight marks the third time in the past four contests that six Delaware players have scored at least 10 points. Jared Brownridge led the way with 23 points (8-16 fg, 5-10 3fg, 2-2 ft) in 25 minutes off the bench, while Xavier Munford tallied 15 points (7-17 fg, 1-4 3fg), six rebounds and seven assists in 31 minutes against his former team. Isaiah Miles scored 12 of his 14 total points (4-9 fg, 2-5 3fg, 2-2 ft) in the first quarter for Delaware, while Haywood Highsmith added 12 points (4-13 fg, 2-7 3fg, 1-1 ft), three rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes for the home team.
76ers two-way contract player Norvel Pelle recorded his second double-double of the season for the Blue Coats with 10 points (5-9 fg) and 12 rebounds, to go along with a pair of blocked shots, in 27 minutes of work.
With the win, Wisconsin extended its franchise-record winning streak to seven games. Rayjon Tucker posted a season-high 30 points (9-14 fg, 4-5 3fg, 4-7 ft) with six rebounds in 32 minutes for the Herd, as the visitors saw seven players reach double figures for the first time this season. Former Blue Coat D.J. Hogg contributed 10 of his 17 points (6-8 fg, 2-4 3fg, 3-3 ft) in the first quarter. Hogg, who sunk a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to extend his team’s lead to five points, added six rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes. Luke Maye added 16 points (6-13 fg, 4-8 3fg) and seven rebounds in 28 minutes for Wisconsin.
Delaware led 37-34 after one quarter, but trailed the Herd 72-65 at halftime. The Blue Coats outrebounded Wisconsin, which entered the game leading the G League with 56.8 rebounds per game, 55-48, in the loss. Delaware also blocked 10 shots for the second time this season.
The NBA G League announced today that Philadelphia 76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok has been named NBA G League Player of the Week for games played Nov. 8 – 17. Shayok is the first Player of the Week award recipient of the 2019-20 G League season.
In three games played for the Delaware Blue Coats, Shayok averaged 35.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 32.7 minutes per game. The Ottawa native currently leads the G League in scoring average (35.0 ppg), while shooting 48.7 percent (37-76) from the field, 33.3 percent (8-24) from beyond the arc and 85.0 percent (17-20) from the free throw line.
In front of a sellout crowd at 76ers Fieldhouse on Opening Night against the Maine Red Claws, Shayok posted a game-high 34 points with six rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes for Delaware. The rookie out of Iowa State followed that up with a 42-point performance (nine rebounds, three assists) in a 141-135 home win over the Greensboro Swarm on Nov. 11. When the Blue Coats posted the second-highest point total in franchise history in a 152-137 road victory at Long Island on Nov. 15, Shayok netted 29 points and grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds in 33 minutes to pick up his first career double-double.
The Blue Coats return to action on Tuesday night at home when they take on the Capital City Go-Go at 7:00 p.m.
The Delaware Blue Coats (2-1), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, posted the second-highest point total in franchise history in the team’s 152-137 road victory over the Long Island Nets (1-2) on Friday night. The team previously scored 156 points in a victory over Westchester on April 3, 2015. In his first game of the season while on assignment from the 76ers, Jonah Bolden posted a game-high 34 points (12-18 fg, 5-9 3fg, 3-5 ft) with nine rebounds and three steals in 31 minutes of action.
Bolden was one of four Blue Coats to score 25 points or more in the contest. 76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok continued his hot start to the season by netting 29 points (9-25 fg, 2-8 3fg, 6-8 ft) and grabbing a season-high 13 rebounds in 33 minutes for his first career double-double. Shayok currently leads the G League in scoring average at 35.0 points per game through the team’s first three games. Haywood Highsmith scored 19 of his 26 points (11-18 fg, 2-4 3fg, 1-1 ft) in the second half, while Jared Brownridge poured in 22 of his 25 points (9-14 fg, 6-10 3fg, 1-1 ft) for Delaware during the game’s final 24 minutes.
Delaware trailed 78-74 at halftime.
Xavier Munford notched his first double-double of the season for the Blue Coats with 16 points (5-15 fg, 3-4 ft) and a career-high 17 assists (one assist shy of Delaware’s franchise record) in a game-high 36 minutes.
CJ Massinburg paced Long Island with a team-high 28 points (10-14 fg, 1-2 3fg, 4-5 ft) to go along with six rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes off the bench. Jaylen Hands posted 21 points (8-14 fg, 3-5 3fg, 1-2 ft), four rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes as a starter for the Nets. Both Brooklyn Nets two-way contract players—Henry Ellenson and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot—made their season debuts for the home team. Ellenson finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 18 points (7-14 fg, 2-7 3fg, 1-1 ft) and nine boards in 30 minutes, while Luwawu-Cabarrot added 16 points (5-11 fg, 2-7 3fg, 2-3 ft) in 26 minutes of work.
The Delaware Blue Coats (1-1), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, posted the team’s highest point total ever at 76ers Fieldhouse in a 141-135 victory over the Greensboro Swarm (1-1) on Monday night. The team previously scored 140 points in a victory over Fort Wayne on Feb. 20, 2019. 76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok totaled 20-or-more points in both halves of Monday’s game, finishing with 42 points (14-27 fg, 3-9 3fg, 9-9 ft), nine rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes, as the Blue Coats picked up their first win of the 2019-20 season.
Shayok has now scored 76 points through Delaware’s first two games of the season. Xavier Munford was a game-high plus-16 in tallying 36 points (9-18 fg, 6-10 3fg, 6-7 ft), six rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes for the Blue Coats. Haywood Highsmith (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Christ Koumadje (10 points, 12 rebounds) each registered a double-double, while Julian Washburn added 12 points (5-7 fg, 2-4 3fg) and four rebounds in 25 minutes as a reserve.
“We played at a great pace,” said Munford. “We kicked the ball ahead and we moved the ball. Our big emphasis coming into the game was more passes per possession, and I feel like we really focused on that tonight.”
For Greensboro, both players on assignment from the Charlotte Hornets—Caleb Martin and Jalen McDaniels—scored 30 points in the contest. Martin posted 30 points (10-19 fg, 1-6 3fg, 5-6 ft) with seven rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes, while McDaniels finished with 30 points (9-17 fg, 5-6 3fg, 4-4 ft), eight rebounds and five steals in 31 minutes. All five starters for the Swarm reached double figures scoring, including Hornets two-way contract player Robert Franks, who notched 27 points (10-19 fg, 3-7 3fg, 2-3 ft) and seven rebounds in 35 minutes of action. Fellow two-way contract player Kobi Simmons secured his second-straight double-double with 18 points (7-14 fg, 2-5 3fg, 1-1 ft) and 10 assists in 28 minutes.
The Blue Coats return to action on Friday night when they take on the Long Island Nets on the road at 7:00 p.m.
76ers two-way player Shake Milton is tearing up the G League. In his last 10 games, Milton scored 23 points or more nine times with the Delaware Blue Coats after returning from a hand injury on March 8, and with G League season now over, the second-round pick out of SMU will end the regular season with the 76ers.
One of the biggest reasons for Milton’s success at SMU and in the G League is Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown, who coached Milton at SMU, and was the coach of the 76ers(1997-2003), which included a trip to the NBA Finals in 2001.
Milton and Brown continue to have a solid relationship, and according to Milton, the two talk regularly.
“That’s my guy. I still call him,” Milton recently told Paul Gant. “We talk to each other probably a couple of times every week. He’s always giving me words of encouragement, anything he sees. I know if I ever have trouble, or if I’m ever bothered about anything on the court or off the court, I can always come to him, and he will be a resource for me, so that’s my guy.”
Having a resource like Brown should be valuable for Milton as he continues to navigate the NBA, and at this point, you could argue that the 76ers might be able to use what Milton brings to the table. The 6’6 guard averaged 24.9 ppg(second in G League in scoring), 4.9 apg, and 4.9 rbg in 27 games with the Delaware Blue Coats, and he has shown the ability to score in many different ways, which has been on full display in Delaware.
However, since Milton is a two-way player, he is not eligible for the playoffs, so unless the 76ers sign him to an NBA contract this season, Milton will not be available for the playoffs. However, this is not a concern for Milton.
“That’s something I really don’t even try to concern myself with,” Milton said about the possibility of suiting up for the playoffs. “I just try to do the best with whatever opportunity I’m given, so for me, that just means to keep working, keep putting work in every single day. It will eventually pay off and show itself.”
Don’t expect the 22-year-old Milton to have a huge impact with 76ers this season, but next year, if he continues to “play the right way,” Milton should have an opportunity to have a more significant role with the 76ers.
Listen below to the complete interview with Milton as he talks his development, and he tells us the biggest difference between playing in the NBA and playing in the G League.: