Checking in on South Bay: Kostas Antetokounmpo

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One of the Los Angeles Lakers’ two-way players this season, is Kostas Antetokounmpo. The surname is recognised worldwide, for obvious reasons. But Kostas’ talent, upon signing with the purple and gold, was relatively unknown.

Due to the Lakers’ deep veteran roster, Antetokounmpo, alongside fellow two-way player, Devontae Cacok, have had limited looks in the NBA thus far. Instead, developing their craft in the G League, with the South Bay Lakers.

Antetokounmpo has been called-up and featured in 3 NBA contests this season. With his debut coming against the Utah Jazz back in October. Followed by an appearance against the Charlotte Hornets, just 2 days later. His most recent playing time for the Lakers came against his former team, the Dallas Mavericks, in January.

In those 3 games, he’s only played in late-game situations. Averaging just 1.7 minutes per contest. He’s yet to record an NBA point for the Lakers. He was set to most likely to receive more playing time towards the end of this season, but the suspension stopped that. For the time being anyway.

Let’s continue and dig into Antetokounmpo’s progression in the G League throughout the 2019/20 campaign. Where he averaged 14.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.3 blocks. All through 38 games (25 MPG).

Select the link below to navigate through the pages to see Kostas Antetokounmpo’s progress this season.

NEXT: Antetokounmpo’s Consistent G League Season

Checking in on South Bay: Talen Horton-Tucker

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He became a high-school legend in his native Chicago. He impressed in the collegiate ranks at Iowa State University. Talen Horton-Tucker then jumped to the NBA after being selected with the 46th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.

At the high-school level, Horton-Tucker won 3-straight city championships with Simeon Career Academy. For Iowa State, where he spent just the single-season, he averaged 11.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.3 steals, in 27 minutes per game.

To most Laker fans he was a relatively unknown prospect upon signing. But when you dig deeper, his unique 6-foot-4/234lb frame, along with his elite 7-foot-1 wingspan really does catch attention. His wingspan was the largest of any prospects at the 2019 Draft Combine. He’s also the second-youngest player on an NBA roster this season.

However, with the Lakers’ holding a deep, talented roster, full of veterans, 19-year-old Horton-Tucker has been assigned to the G League for the majority of the season. To develop and work on his craft.

Through 38 games (29.8 MPG) for the South Bay Lakers, he posted averages of 18.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1.4 steals. This is on 42.5% shooting from the field, 30.9% from 3-point land.

Select the link below to navigate through the pages to see Talen Horton-Tucker’s progress this season.

NEXT: Horton-Tucker’s Slow Start to the Season

An Interview With Devontae Cacok (LA Lakers/South Bay Lakers)

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In the latest episode of The Lake Lake Show podcast, Los Angeles Lakers and South Bay Lakers two-way player, Devontae Cacok featured as a guest.

Cacok spoke about keeping fit during the NBA suspension, when he got signed by the Lakers, being around LeBron James and Anthony Davis, his progression in the G League this season, and much more.

In 33 games for South Bay this season, Cacok is averaging 19.4 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 1.1 steals, in just 23.9 minutes per game. With a conversion rate of 65.9% from the field.

You can check out the interview on all major podcast platforms, including Apple and Spotify. As well as on YouTube (link below), where there are visuals of the conversation.