Ridiculous Upside’s 2017-18 NBA G League Assignee Player of the Year Finalists

Thomas Bryant – South Bay/Los Angeles Lakers

19.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 2.1 assists on 60% from field and 36% from beyond the arc in 37 games

Over the course of the season, the Los Angeles Lakers have utilized the likes of Brook Lopez, Ivica Zubac, Julius Randle, Andrew Bogut, Channing Frye and Larry Nance in their front-court. With that array of talent, 19-year-old rookie big Thomas Bryant never really had an opportunity to even get on the court with the big league club. That lack of an opportunity ultimately pushed him to spend the vast majority of the season in the G League with the South Bay Lakers.

Bryant utilized that opportunity and just absolutely ran rough shot during his rookie season as he shined as one of the best bigs in the NBA G League. With a trifecta of a smooth outside touch, big and strong frame, and great athleticism, Bryant shined as a fantastic 3-and-Oop threat. That threat was elevated as he played with Scott Machado, who stood as arguably the best facilitator in the NBA G League.

Speaking of facilitating, Bryant showed a real knack for being able to dish it off. That’s evident whether he’s posting up or at the perimeter dishing it off to a cutting guard.