Springer leads Blue Coats to Eastern Conference Finals

The Delaware Blue Coats defeated the Motor City Cruise, 124-116, in the NBA G League Eastern Conference Semifinal round on Friday night at Wayne State Fieldhouse.

The Coats head north to face Raptors 905 in the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday. The game is slated for a 7:00 p.m. ET tip-off on ESPNU.

Jaden Springer led the Blue Coats with 30 points, five rebounds and four steals. Charlie Brown, Jr. put up 28 points and 10 boards, and Myles Powell dropped 22 on 5-9 shooting from THREE-POINT RANGE.

The back-and-forth contest featured 18 lead changes and the score was tied 16 times throughout the game.

Aaron Henry poured in 18 points and eight rebounds, plus a game-high three blocked shots. Recently-named G League Defensive Player of the Year Shaq Harrison had 12 points and 10 assists to go along with a couple of steals and a blocked shot.

Motor City’s Cheick Diallo tallied 25 point and 13 rebounds.

Photo: NBA/E

Blue Coats’ Paul Reed named G League MVP, Rookie of the Year

On Monday, the NBA G League announced that Blue Coats F Paul Reed was named both the 2021 NBA G League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year.

Reed, whose a two-way player with the 76ers, was the only player in the league to average at least 20 points and 11 rebounds per game this season while leading the Delaware Blue Coats to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

Reed led the G League with 12 double-doubles in 15 games and is the first player in Delaware franchise history to earn either MVP or Rookie of the Year honors.

Reed, the No. 58 overall selection in the 2020 NBA Draft by Philadelphia, shot .588 from the field, .444 from three-point range, and .789 from the free-throw line. He was the only player among the G League’s top-10 in total rebounds with at least 20 three-pointers made (24). 

The DePaul product started each of the Blue Coats’ 15 regular-season games and was the only player in the league with at least 25 steals (29) and 25 blocks (27) during the regular season. Reed was one of only three players with at least two 30-point games.

Blue Coats clinch playoff berth behind Paul Reed’s 10th double-double

The Delaware Blue Coats (9-4), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeated the Canton Charge (4-9), 103-97, on Wednesday afternoon at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. With the win and NBA G League Ignite’s loss to the Agua Caliente Clippers, the Blue Coats clinched a playoff berth for the first time in Delaware franchise history.

76ers two-way contract player Paul Reed scored 14 of his 26 points (10-17 FG, 2-4 3FG, 3-3 FT) in the fourth quarter, the most for any Blue Coat in a single quarter this season. He added 12 rebounds, including a season-high nine boards on the offensive glass. It was Reed’s 10th double-double in 13 games.

Delaware’s Justin Robinson tallied 17 points (7-16 FG 2-6 3FG, 1-4 FT), seven rebounds and a game-high eight assists in a game-high 35 minutes of action. Michael Frazier II scored 18 points (7-14 FG, 1-4 3FG, 3-4 FT) off the bench, while Jemerrio Jones posted a game-high plus-24 rating with five points, eight rebounds and four assists.

The Blue Coats overcame a 16-point deficit in the game. They won the rebounding battle, 52-49, and scored 20 more points in the paint (54-34). Delaware swiped at least 10 steals (11) for the ninth time in 13 games.

The NBA G League playoffs begin March 8. The Blue Coats will play two more games this week to complete their 15-game regular season schedule.

UP NEXT: Delaware will take on the Salt Lake City Stars on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.

Blue Coats drop second straight after falling to Raptors

The Delaware Blue Coats (7-2), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, fell to the Raptors 905 (6-3), 138-107, on Wednesday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida.

76ers two-way contract player Rayjon Tucker scored a season-high 26 points (9-16 FG, 2-4 3FG, 3-6 FT) with six rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes. 76ers two-way contract player Paul Reed tallied 17 points (8-13 FG, 1-3 3FG), nine rebounds (five offensive), a game-high three steals and a rookie career-high four blocks.

Off the Delaware bench, Jordan Bone scored 15 points and dished out a game-high nine assists with zero turnovers. Rookie Braxton Key scored 10 points in eight minutes on 4-5 shooting from the field and 2-3 from beyond the arc.

Each team had 30 assists in the contest. The Blue Coats swiped 11 steals and have now recorded at least 10 steals in six of their nine games. Raptors 905 outrebounded the Blue Coats 54-35 and shot .542 from the floor, .417 from three-point range and .909 from the free-throw line in the game. They led 70-50 at halftime and had seven players finish with double figures scoring in the victory.

Individually for the Raptors 905, Alize Johnson posted his second game of the season with at least 20 rebounds, totaling 22 points (8-15 FG, 3-3 FT), 20 rebounds and seven assists in 34 minutes of play. Matt Mooney came off the bench to record 22 points (7-10 FG, 5-6 3FG, 2-3 FT) of his own, including a game-high five three-pointers, and a team-high eight assists in 28 minutes. Tres Tinkle put up a rookie career-high 20 points (6-8 FG, 2-4 3FG, 4-4 FT) with seven rebounds as a reserve.

UP NEXT: The Blue Coats will meet the Lakeland Magic (4-5) on Friday at 11:30 a.m. The game can be seen locally on DETV Channel 28 and heard on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM.

Blue Coats remain undefeated after defeating Long Island

The Delaware Blue Coats (6-0), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeated the Long Island Nets (2-4), 130-127, on Friday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. The Blue Coats made a G League season-high 21 three-pointers (14 in the first half) for the second straight game and remain the league’s only unbeaten team.

Jared Brownridge paced the Blue Coats with a game-high 29 points (9-13 FG, 7-11 3FG, 2-3 FT) in 33 minutes off the bench. His seven three-pointers are tied for the most in a single G League game this season. 76ers two-way contract player Paul Reed delivered his sixth consecutive double-double to begin the season with 23 points (9-12 FG, 3-3 3FG, 1-1 FT), 10 rebounds, two steals and three blocks in 26 minutes before fouling out.

Jordan Bone came off the Delaware bench to score 21 points on 6-13 shooting from the field, 3-5 from three-point range and a perfect 5-5 from the free-throw line. 76ers two-way contract player Rayjon Tucker tallied 18 points (6-10 FG, 2-4 3FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and a game-high-tying seven assists in 33 minutes as a starter.

Six Blue Coats scored in double figures for the third straight game. Defensively, they recorded a season-high 10 blocked shots. Justin Robinson and Ivan Rabb joined Reed with three blocked shots each.

Long Island also had three players post 20-plus points, led by Jeremiah Martin’s 25 points (9-16 FG, 1-2 3FG, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds and game-high-tying seven assists. Brooklyn Nets two-way contract player Reggie Perry notched a double-double with 24 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in a team-high 33 minutes. BJ Johnson scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half.

The Blue Coats shot .622 (28-45) from the field and .667 (14-21) from three-point range in the first half en route to a 76-57 halftime lead. The Nets later outscored Delaware 37-24 in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT: The Blue Coats will take on the Austin Spurs on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. The Spurs are 5-1 heading into their Saturday night matchup against the Westchester Knicks. The Delaware-Austin game on Sunday can be seen locally on DETV Channel 28 and heard on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM.

Photo: Chris Marion (NBAE via Getty Images)

Blue Coats’ Paul Reed scores 31 points in win over Agua Caliente Clippers

The Delaware Blue Coats (3-0), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeated the Agua Caliente Clippers (1-2), 108-101, on Sunday afternoon at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. 76ers two-way contract player Paul Reed posted a career-high 31 points (13-22 FG, 2-7 3FG, 2-3 FT) with 11 rebounds for his third consecutive double-double. The Blue Coats used a 10-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to grab the lead, en route to their third straight win to begin the season. It is the first 3-0 start in Delaware franchise history.

Including Reed, five Blue Coats scored in double figures for the second straight game. 76ers two-way contract player Rayjon Tucker tallied 19 points, three rebounds, a game-high-tying six assists, one steal and two blocks in a team-high 35 minutes. Jared Brownridge made four three-pointers and finished with 14 points. Justin Robinson and Jordan Bone each posted 11 points. Jemerrio Jones pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds with four points, five assists, three steals and a block in 34 minutes.

Five Delaware players delivered at least five assists in the win. The Blue Coats were also active on defense, totaling 13 steals as a team.

Agua Caliente led 54-48 at halftime and by as many as 13 points in the game.

The Clippers were led by James Palmer Jr.’s 26 points (10-22 FG, 2-5 3FG, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds and three assists. Tyrone Wallace added 22 points (10-18 FG, 1-6 3FG, 1-1 FT), five rebounds and a game-high-tying six assists. Donte Grantham posted a double-double with 16 points (6-14 FG, 3-7 3FG, 1-1 FT) and 14 rebounds in defeat.

UP NEXT: The Blue Coats will take on the Greensboro Swarm on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET. The Swarm were 0-2 entering their Sunday evening contest with Long Island. Tuesday night’s Blue Coats-Swarm game can be seen locally on DETV Channel 28 and heard on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM.

Bluc Coats defeat Mad Ants in season-opener

The Delaware Blue Coats (1-0), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, started off their season with a win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (0-2), 124-119, on Thursday afternoon at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. 76ers two-way contract players Rayjon Tucker (22 points) and Paul Reed (20 points) combined for 42 points in the victory, while Jared Brownridge paced all scorers with 28 points (9-19 FG, 4-10 3FG, 6-6 FT) off the Delaware bench. The Blue Coats assisted on 29 of their 40 made field goals.

Reed finished with a double-double in his Blue Coats debut by adding 10 rebounds in 32 minutes of action. The DePaul product got off to a hot start with a team-high 13 first-half points. Tucker added a G League career-high three blocks, including a timely rejection of Fort Wayne’s Naz Mitrou-Long with 2:16 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Brownridge dished out six assists in addition to his big scoring effort. He also converted four free-throw attempts in the game’s final 15 seconds to ultimately seal the victory. Delaware’s Jemerrio Jones notched a double-double in his Blue Coats debut with 10 points (5-10 FG) and a game-high 13 rebounds.

The Blue Coats got it going early in the second quarter, as the team opened the frame with a 13-0 run in the first four minutes to take a 35-23 lead. Delaware led 53-48 at halftime.

For the Mad Ants, Oshae Brissett came off the bench to post a double-double with a team-high-tying 21 points (6-11 FG, 4-4 FT) and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. Naz Mitrou-Long matched Brissett with 21 points (8-15 FG, 1-4 3FG, 3-3 FT) in 29 minutes of play. Like Brissett, rookie Rayshaun Hammonds also posted a double-double off the bench (12 points, 12 rebounds) in the loss.

NEXT UP: The Blue Coats will meet the Santa Cruz Warriors on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET. The Warriors are 0-1 after falling to NBA G League Ignite on Wednesday in the league’s season-opening game. Santa Cruz features NBA veteran Jeremy Lin, who returns to the G League for the first time since 2012. The game can be seen locally on DETV Channel 28 and heard on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM.

Blue Coats select Jones, Key in G League Draft

The Delaware Blue Coats, the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, selected Jemerrio Jones (No. 18 overall) and Braxton Key (No. 25 overall) in Monday’s 2021 NBA G League Draft.

Jones, one of just nine selections in this year’s draft to have previously spent time on an NBA roster, was named to the 2019-20 All-NBA G League Third Team last season as a member of the Wisconsin Herd. In 42 games (40 starts) with the Herd, the 6-5 Jones averaged 10.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks in 30.4 minutes per game. He led the G League in total rebounds (504) and finished the season as the only player in the league with 500-plus rebounds and 150-plus assists.

Jones began his professional career with the South Bay Lakers during the 2018-19 G League season. He was called up to the Los Angeles Lakers on March 31, 2019. In six games (two starts) with the L.A. Lakers, Jones posted 4.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.8 blocks in 23.8 minutes per contest. The Memphis native recorded at least 10 rebounds in three of his six career NBA games. As a collegian, Jones was the 2018 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Player of the Year at New Mexico State.

Key played his final two collegiate seasons at Virginia, where he helped the Cavaliers to the 2019 NCAA Championship. He scored six points and recorded a season-high-tying 10 rebounds in the 85-77 overtime win over Texas Tech on April 8, 2019. In 27 games (25 starts) as a senior last season, Key averaged 9.9 points, a team-high 7.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 33.6 minutes per game. The 6-8 Key began his college career with two seasons at Alabama, where he was selected to the 2017 SEC All-Freshman team.

Zhaire Smih scores G League career-high 24 points in Blue Coats’ loss

The Delaware Blue Coats (21-21), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, fell to the Lakeland Magic (24-17), 129-116, on Sunday afternoon at 76ers Fieldhouse. Zhaire Smith, on assignment from the 76ers, posted a G League career-high 24 points (10-12 fg, 2-3 3fg, 1-2 ft) with two rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes for the Blue Coats.

Jared Brownridge scored 19 of his team-high 27 points (9-17 fg, 7-13 3fg, 1-1 ft) in the first half for Delaware. Today’s performance was Brownridge’s fourth game of the season–and his 10th overall dating back to last season–with seven 3-point field goals made.

76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok tallied 26 points (11-21 fg, 3-7 3fg, 1-1 ft), eight rebounds and a season-high-tying seven assists in a team-high 37 minutes for the Blue Coats.

The Blue Coats trailed 65-63 at halftime, and were outscored 30-19 in the third quarter. Lakeland began the second half with an 11-0 run. The visitors converted 17 of their 20 free-throw attempts (.850) in the contest.

Lakeland’s Josh Magette posted a career-high 38 points (10-18 fg, 7-13 3fg, 7-7 ft) in a double-double performance that also included 11 assists in 36 minutes of action. Philadelphia native Amile Jefferson notched his sixth consecutive double-double with 31 points (11-18 fg, 7-8 ft) and 16 rebounds in 37 minutes for the Magic. Hassani Gravett (14 points) was a game-high plus-23 in a game-high 38 minutes.

The Blue Coats return to action on Wednesday at 11 a.m. against the Maine Red Claws at 76ers Fieldhouse.

Blue Coats acquire Hakim Warrick, two others

The Delaware Blue Coats, the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, announced today that the team has acquired the returning player rights to Michael Frazier, Xavier Johnson and Hakim Warrick in three separate transactions.

The Blue Coats acquired the returning player rights to Frazier from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in exchange for the returning player rights to Cameron Oliver. Delaware acquired the returning player rights to Johnson from the Texas Legends in exchange for the returning player rights to Cory Jefferson, while also acquiring the returning player rights to Warrick from the Iowa Wolves in exchange for the returning player rights to Andrew Andrews.

Frazier (6-4, 200) has appeared in eight NBA games with the Houston Rockets and 14 G League games (all starts) with Rio Grande Valley this season while on a two-way contract with Houston. The 25-year-old averaged 16.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 28.7 minutes per game with Rio Grande Valley. In 45 games (39 starts) with the Vipers last season, Frazier averaged 16.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 33.3 minutes per game and earned the 2019 NBA G League Most Improved Player award. Frazier played his college basketball at the University of Florida (2012-15), where he set a school record for three-point field goals made in a single season with 118 triples as a sophomore.

Oliver originally joined the Blue Coats in a Jan. 26, 2018 trade with Wisconsin and appeared in 44 total games with Delaware. He averaged 13.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 25.8 minutes per game.

Johnson (6-7, 225) played in 73 games (27 starts) with Texas from 2017-19, averaging 7.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 20.4 minutes per game. In 17 games (all starts) with BC Rilski Sportist in Bulgaria during the current 2019-20 season, the 26-year-old holds averages of 16.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 29.6 minutes per game. Johnson played collegiately at the University of Colorado Boulder from 2012-17, appearing in 127 career games and finishing his career in 11th place on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,463 points.

The Blue Coats originally acquired the returning player rights to Jefferson from Texas in a three-team trade on Oct. 16, 2018. Jefferson appeared in 22 total games with Delaware last season and averaged 9.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in 24.0 minutes per game.

Warrick (6-9, 219) saw action in 44 games (19 starts) with Iowa during the 2018-19 G League season, averaging 12.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 20.7 minutes per game. The Philadelphia native was selected by the Blue Coats with the No. 9 overall selection in the 2018 NBA G League Draft before being traded to Iowa, along with the returning player rights to James Webb III, in exchange for Michael Bryson. Warrick, 37, was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the No. 19 overall selection in the 2005 NBA Draft and played eight NBA seasons with Memphis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Phoenix, New Orleans and Charlotte. In 526 career NBA contests (109 starts), he averaged 9.4 points and 4.0 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per contest.

Andrews appeared in four games with Delaware during the 2017-18 season.