CAMDEN, N.J. — Marial Shayok caught the ball Thursday night in Milwaukee, squared his shoulders and drilled a three-pointer on the first shot of his NBA career. He’s done a lot of that this season in the G League.
The 24-year-old rookie was named on Monday to the Midseason All-NBA G League Team, one of 12 players selected from the Eastern Conference.
Shayok has averaged 23.3 points, third in the G League, shot 36.4 percent from three-point range on 7.4 attempts per game, and also added 5.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest.
Blue Coats head coach Connor Johnson has been focused on improving Shayok’s defense and ability to create for others. Johnson’s team plays a fast style (third in pace in the G League) and values constant ball pressure, a system he hopes can aid Shayok’s development (see story).
The Ottawa, Ontario, native’s three-point shooting would seem to be his most obvious path toward contributing in the NBA.
“I’ve always been a scorer and have developed my shot as years have gone by,” Shayok told NBC Sports Philadelphia in July. “I really just simplified my game, knowing that teams need shooting. I really wanted to work on that, especially the past two years at Iowa State.”
After practice Monday, Shayok scrimmaged with other low-minute players and player development staff, matching up against Zhaire Smith and showcasing his smooth scoring.
As a two-way player, Shayok can spend 45 days in the NBA between the start of G League training camp and the end of the G League regular season. He is not eligible for the NBA playoffs.
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