Suns Announce Plans for a G-League Team in 2024-25

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They should use ishbia’s deep wallet and sign every kid not drafted that was projected to be drafted. Ditto international players that are outside the draft.

I have no idea if that’s allowed under second apron.
Evidently it is. That was the gist of the video I watched. It's arguably harder to find NBA worthy players that way. It's a loophole for us, though. I am thinking of watching some of the games just to see what talent we get on the team.
 
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The Suns select players in the G-League Expansion Draft on Thursday.

Valley Suns G League expansion draft results


Garrison Brooks (Westchester Knicks)
Chaundee Brown Jr. (South Bay Lakers)
Gary Clark (Salt Lake City Stars)
Matt Lewis (Westchester Knicks)
Didi Louzada (Cleveland Charge)
Theo Maledon (Sioux Falls Skyforce)
Emmanuel Mudiay (Iowa Wolves)
Mychal Mulder (Capital City Go-Go)
Jahlil Okafor (Delaware Blue Coats)
Justin Smith (Delaware Blue Coats)
Denzel Valentine (Raptors 905)
Quinndary Weatherspoon (South Bay Lakers)
Lindell Wigginton (Cleveland Charge)
Trevion Williams (Sioux Falls Skyforce)


 

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The Suns select players in the G-League Expansion Draft on Thursday.

Valley Suns G League expansion draft results


Garrison Brooks (Westchester Knicks)
Chaundee Brown Jr. (South Bay Lakers)
Gary Clark (Salt Lake City Stars)
Matt Lewis (Westchester Knicks)
Didi Louzada (Cleveland Charge)
Theo Maledon (Sioux Falls Skyforce)
Emmanuel Mudiay (Iowa Wolves)
Mychal Mulder (Capital City Go-Go)
Jahlil Okafor (Delaware Blue Coats)
Justin Smith (Delaware Blue Coats)
Denzel Valentine (Raptors 905)
Quinndary Weatherspoon (South Bay Lakers)
Lindell Wigginton (Cleveland Charge)
Trevion Williams (Sioux Falls Skyforce)



That's interesting. Maledon was on a Two-Way here last season. Mudiay had some promise at once point. Jahlil Okafor is definitely a bust but maybe can be a backup big if he's willing to work hard at it.
 
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That's interesting. Maledon was on a Two-Way here last season. Mudiay had some promise at once point. Jahlil Okafor is definitely a bust but maybe can be a backup big if he's willing to work hard at it.

At one time in his career, I wanted the Suns to give Jahlil Okafor a look.

Maybe the Suns can find a surprise.
 

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The Suns select players in the G-League Expansion Draft on Thursday.

Valley Suns G League expansion draft results


Garrison Brooks (Westchester Knicks)
Chaundee Brown Jr. (South Bay Lakers)
Gary Clark (Salt Lake City Stars)
Matt Lewis (Westchester Knicks)
Didi Louzada (Cleveland Charge)
Theo Maledon (Sioux Falls Skyforce)
Emmanuel Mudiay (Iowa Wolves)
Mychal Mulder (Capital City Go-Go)
Jahlil Okafor (Delaware Blue Coats)
Justin Smith (Delaware Blue Coats)
Denzel Valentine (Raptors 905)
Quinndary Weatherspoon (South Bay Lakers)
Lindell Wigginton (Cleveland Charge)
Trevion Williams (Sioux Falls Skyforce)


Wow mudiay and okafor still around g league.
 

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To be honest, I didn't even know they did G-League drafts. I thought it was first come first serve at that level.
 

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Wow mudiay and okafor still around g league.
Rethinking this. This almost shows a lack of scouting. This is the best we could come up with? I would rather take a chance on some youthful guys since supposedly we need more athletic and younger wings. Would assume these guys positions would be the same, too. We started last season with veteran minimum guys and that didn't work out so well. I guess a couple were used in a trade, so there was some return.
 
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To be honest, I didn't even know they did G-League drafts. I thought it was first come first serve at that level.

It was probably because it was an expansion draft, if that is the word for it.
 
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The Suns bench was so weak last season, Jahlil Okafor would have probably seen some minutes if he were on their roster.

He is still only 28.
 

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Rethinking this. This almost shows a lack of scouting. This is the best we could come up with? I would rather take a chance on some youthful guys since supposedly we need more athletic and younger wings. Would assume these guys positions would be the same, too. We started last season with veteran minimum guys and that didn't work out so well. I guess a couple were used in a trade, so there was some return.
LOL, it's the G-LEAGUE EXPANSION DRAFT! How good did you think it would be??
 

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Rethinking this. This almost shows a lack of scouting. This is the best we could come up with? I would rather take a chance on some youthful guys since supposedly we need more athletic and younger wings. Would assume these guys positions would be the same, too. We started last season with veteran minimum guys and that didn't work out so well. I guess a couple were used in a trade, so there was some return.
Oh I didn’t make that comment because I was excited about them. I was just shocked they were still in the g league. When you discover a gem in the g league it’s never these retreads.
 

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Garrison O'Neal Brooks

College career​

Brooks enrolled at North Carolina and was recruited by Roy Williams and Hubert Davis.[3] In his freshman season, he averaged 4.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.[4][5] In his sophomore year, he averaged 7.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.[6][7] He worked on his mid range jumper so much after his sophomore season that he hurt his wrist.[8]

As a junior, Brooks averaged 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.[9]At the conclusion of the regular season, Brooks was selected to the Second Team All-ACC and was named Most Improved Player.[10]

Entering his senior season, Brooks was named to the preseason watch lists for the John R. Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy, and Karl Malone Award. The ACC conference media selected him as the preseason ACC Player of the Year.[11] He averaged 10.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game as a senior. Following the season, Brooks elected to transfer to Mississippi State, where his father coached, for his final season of eligibility.[12]

Professional career​

On October 23, 2022, Brooks joined the Westchester Knicks training camp roster.[13]

For the 2023–24 season, Brooks signed with Wonju DB Promy of the Korean Basketball League.[14] He left the team early in the season.

On December 3, 2023, Brooks signed with BC Wolves of the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) and the EuroCup.[15]

On June 13, 2024, Brooks was selected by the Valley Suns in the 2024 NBA G League Expansion Draft.[16]

BornJune 29, 1999 (age 24)
Meridian, Mississippi, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
 

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Not good, Younger. I think you missed my point.

If it is anything like other expansion drafts, the other teams can "protect" most of their roster from selection.

Honestly, I am actually surprised I've even heard of some of these guys.
 

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Rethinking this. This almost shows a lack of scouting. This is the best we could come up with? I would rather take a chance on some youthful guys since supposedly we need more athletic and younger wings. Would assume these guys positions would be the same, too. We started last season with veteran minimum guys and that didn't work out so well. I guess a couple were used in a trade, so there was some return.

You can't build a team of 14 undrafted guys under 21. They need some g-league vets to help mentor the younger guys and show them the way. Plus they're playing to win in the G-League as well.

The likelihood of more than 1 or 2 guys making it up from the G-League is extremely slim. Don't look at these guys as future Suns. The whole G League to NBA path is quite different than MLB, for example.
 

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Gary Clark Jr. (born November 16, 1994) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Illawarra Hawks of the Australian National Basketball League (NBL). He played college basketball for the Cincinnati Bearcats where he was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the 2017–18 season. He made his NBA debut in 2018 and played in four straight seasons across multiple teams, including the Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers, and New Orleans Pelicans.
 

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Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
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Marcos Henrique Louzada Silva, commonly known as Didi Louzada, is a Brazilian professional basketball player for Flamengo of the Novo Basquete Brasil. At the 2019 NBA draft, he was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks, before being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. Wikipedia
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NBA draft: 2019 (Round: 2 / Pick: 35)
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Théo Louis Maledon is a French professional basketball player for the Valley Suns of the NBA G League. He plays the point guard position. Born in Rouen, Maledon played youth basketball for French sports institute INSEP before joining the youth ranks of ASVEL at age 16. Wikipedia
Born: 2001 (age 23 years), Rouen, France
NBA draft: 2020 (Round: 2 / Pick: 34)
Height: 6′ 4″
Wingspan: 6′ 9″
Number: 11 (Oklahoma City Thunder / Point guard)
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Emmanuel Kabeya Mudiay is a Congolese-American professional basketball player for the Piratas de Quebradillas of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional. He played high school basketball for Grace Preparatory Academy and Prime Prep Academy in Texas, where he gained much of the media's attention. Wikipedia
Born: 1996 (age 28 years), Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
NBA draft: 2015 (Round: 1 / Pick: 7)
Education: Prime Prep Academy, Grace Preparatory Academy
Height: 6′ 5″
Parents: Therese Kabeya, Jean-Paul Mudiay
Salary: 3.102 million USD (2016)
Siblings: Stephane Mudiay, Jean-Micheal Mudiay
 

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Mychal Mulder is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Valley Suns of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the Vincennes Trailblazers and the Kentucky Wildcats. Wikipedia
Born: 1994 (age 30 years), Etobicoke, Toronto, Canada
Parents: Jennifer Gignac, Randy Mulder
Height: 6′ 3″
Education: University of Kentucky (2015–2017), Catholic Central High School, Vincennes University
NBA draft: 2017
Position: Shooting guard, Guard
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Jahlil Obika Okafor is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player for the Capitanes de Arecibo of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional. He played his freshman season of college basketball for the 2014–15 Duke national championship team. Wikipedia
Born: 1995 (age 28 years), Fort Smith, AR
NBA draft: 2015 (Round: 1 / Pick: 3)
Current teams: Zhejiang Lions (#22 / Center), Nigeria
Dates joined: 2021 (Brooklyn Nets), 2020 (Detroit PistonsMore
Height: 6′ 10″
Education: Duke University (2014–2015), Whitney M. Young Magnet High School
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Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
High schoolStevenson
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