Lots of news Wednesday out of the Long Island Nets.
Long Island lost Alan Williams when the Nets agreed to waive the G League’s leading rebounder so he could head to China and a much more lucrative payday. The team’s other two-way, Theo Pinson, spent the night in Brooklyn, providing depth for the injury-ridden parent club. And Treveon Graham, who hasn’t played for Brooklyn since October, began a rehab tour at Nassau Coliseum.
All that said, the biggest news in Long Island’s 123-108 win over the Erie BayHawks may have been point guard Shannon Scott’s record-setting performance. Scott recorded 20 assists, which were good for a franchise record, career high and marked an NBA G League season high.
Scott, the son of Hall of Famer Charlie Scott and D’Angelo Russell’s backcourt mate at Ohio State, also had nine points, six rebounds and five steals in the contest. Here’s his highlights...
The game also saw Mitch Creek record a personal best with 29 points to go along with seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Graham who’s been sidelined for more than two months with a hamstring strain played for Long Island, tallied 17 points, eight rebounds, an assist and three steals in 27 minutes. He shot 6-of-11 overall and 2-of-5 from deep. The defensive minded swingman is expected to rejoin Brooklyn in the next few days and be available to Kenny Atkinson. Here’s some of what he did vs. Erie...
Jordan McLaughlin, who’s been playing point for Long Island of late, is out with his own hamstring issues, forcing Scott to play 40 minutes. Also pressed into service was Long Island veteran Thomas Wimbush. The 6’7” swingman finished with 23 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Long Island got off to a quick start, scoring 32 points in the first quarter to lead Erie 32-23. Erie got revenge in the second quarter with 41 points in the period, shooting 63 percent from the field. Long Island carried a one-point lead going into halftime with a score of 65-64.
The Nets came out of halftime focusing on defense, holding the BayHawks to 22 points in the quarter on 30 percent shooting from the field. Long Island held a 100-86 lead going into the fourth quarter. Long Island continued their strong defensive effort and held Erie to 22 points again in the fourth.
Before the game, Long Island coach Will Weaver tweeted out his appreciation for Williams.
Atlanta two-way forward Alex Poythress led the team with 27 points and added eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block. Atlanta forward Omari Spellman logged a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds along with four assists, a steal and two blocks while on assignment with Erie.
The Nets are now 15-6 and lead the Eastern Conference. No word on who the Nets might sign to a two-way deal. Two names to keep in mind are Tyler Davis, a 6’10” center out of Texas A&M who chose the Thunder over the Nets back in the summer, and Okaro White, cut last week by the Wizards. Long Island holds his G League rights. Like Davis and Williams, he’s a big, standing 6’8”. The Nets could also choose to elevate a player on the Long Island roster.