Carving a niche in the NBA requires not only a lot of talent, but also hard work, self-improvement and a lot of perseverance. If you are not a star project you have to burn many stages and one of the most complex is to see yourself with a two-way contract, that is, a dual contract that enables a player to compete in the G-League franchise associated with the NBA team, and that may be required by it in specific situations. It is not easy at all to stand out in this context, having to alternate partners and game rhythms as opposed as those of both leagues, but if you work well and stand out in the G-League, the opportunities just come. With this hope, many players start the season, including five full of potential and who can have minutes and play a notable secondary role in the NBA:
Paul Watson – Oklahoma City Thunder
He is 26 years old and already knows what it is to compete with some regularity in the NBA. Powerful forward, with good ball handling and lethal from the triple, he earned the respect of the league last year when he had important performances and this season he will await his opportunity in a franchise in the process of rebuilding.
Markus Howard – Denver Nuggets
The absence due to injury of Jamal Murray opened the picture in the guard position and this was masterfully exploited by this authentic microwave. It was difficult for him to adapt to the league in his rookie season, but he ended up accumulating a prominence from the bench that he will try to maintain and expand this season.
Luka Garza – Detroit Pistons
This rookie has astonished locals and strangers during the Summer League, which has earned him this type of contract that predicts options to demonstrate his potential in the NBA. The absence of reliable men in his position, with Stewart and Olynik being a very short rotation, could give the Washington DC-born many more minutes than could be anticipated a few months ago.
Shariffe Cooper – Atlanta Hawks
Chosen in 48th place in the Draft, this young man has performed well above the expected level in the Summer League, which has allowed the Georgians to give him a vote of confidence. He is a small, electric point guard, with great ball handling and good passing ability, called on to give Young minutes of refreshment and even overtake Delon Wright in the rotation.
Nathan Knight – Minnesota Timberwolves
An accomplished offensive game specialist in the paint, this sophomore who made a good appearance for the Hawks will have notable chances to establish himself in the NBA in the Minneapolis franchise. And is that the lack of troops to rest Towns and Reid could give this player notable possibilities to contribute points from the bench.