The NBA 2019-20 season will go down in the record books for the uniqueness of it all as the league navigated through unchartered waters of returning to play during a pandemic.
The season will also be remembered as a very special one for undrafted Trail Blazers rookie Jaylen Hoard.
Hoard signed a two-way contract with the Trail Blazers back on July 1, 2019.
In the G-league this past season, Hoard averaged 16.2 points and 6.8 rebounds while playing in 24 games for the Texas Legends.
Despite only playing in 13 regular season games for Portland and three playoff games, Hoard showed off his athleticism, his potential, and a work ethic that Rip City has fallen in love with in the limited time Hoard was on the floor.
“For the whole summer, I had just planned to work on my game and get better for next season,” Hoard explained. That was until he got a very important phone call.
As a two-way player, Hoard wasn’t positive he’d be back with the Blazers for the NBA’s resumption this summer.
But as documented in a YouTube special called ‘The Tale of Jaylen Hoard's journey,’ Hoard was grateful for the Orlando opportunity.
Hoard teamed up with Paris based Photographer Charly G. as he presents the JAYBOOGGY Series, ‘The Tale of Jaylen Hoard's journey.’
Check out the first two episodes below with Hoard spending time training back home in France:
We’ll be on the lookout for more episodes of Jaylen Hoard’s NBA journey and what he learned from his experience in the Orlando Bubble.
[Listen to the latest Talking' Blazers Podcast with hosts Channing Frye and Dan Sheldon]: