The NBA G League announced today that G League Ignite guard Scoot Henderson and Timberwolves/Iowa Wolves forward Luka Garza have been named team captains for the NBAGL Next Up Game, which will take place in Salt Lake City during All-Star weekend.
While the exhibition match isn’t technically being called a G League All-Star Game, that’s essentially what it is. The 24-player pool was selected by a fan vote and by the league itself.
Henderson averaged 21.2 PPG, 6.0 APG, and 4.3 RPG in six Showcase Cup games (28.5 MPG) before missing time with an injury. The guard, widely projected to be the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft, has registered 17.7 PPG, 5.7 APG, and 4.5 RPG in 11 regular season games (29.8 MPG) since returning.
Garza, meanwhile, has been dominant at the G League level while playing for the Timberwolves on a two-way contract. He averaged 29.8 PPG, 9.2 RPG, and 3.2 APG on .628/.500/.794 shooting in nine Showcase Cup games (34.4 MPG) and has been boosted those averages in two regular season games (32.5 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 5.0 APG) for the Iowa Wolves.
Here’s the full list of players who will take part in the G League Next Up Game:
- Charles Bassey (Austin Spurs) *
- Sidy Cissoko (Ignite)
- Sharife Cooper (Cleveland Charge)
- David Duke (Long Island Nets) *
- Luka Garza (Iowa Wolves) *
- Scoot Henderson (Ignite)
- Frank Jackson (Salt Lake City Stars)
- London Johnson (Ignite)
- Carlik Jones (Windy City Bulls) *
- Mojave King (Ignite)
- Saben Lee (Suns) *
- Note: The Suns don’t have a G League affiliate, but Lee has played for the Delaware Blue Coats and Raptors 905 this season.
- Kenneth Lofton Jr. (Memphis Hustle) *
- Mac McClung (Delaware Blue Coats)
- Eric Mika (Ignite)
- Leonard Miller (Ignite)
- Isaiah Mobley (Cleveland Charge) *
- Shareef O’Neal (Ignite)
- Scotty Pippen Jr. (South Bay Lakers) *
- Trevelin Queen (Fort Wayne Mad Ants) *
- Neemias Queta (Stockton Kings) *
- Babacar Sane (Ignite)
- Gui Santos (Santa Cruz Warriors)
- Zavier Simpson (Lakeland Magic)
- Gabe York (Fort Wayne Mad Ants)
(* Players marked with an asterisk are on two-way contracts with NBA teams.)
As is the case with the NBA All-Star Game, the team captains – in this case, Henderson and Garza – will select their 12-man squads in a draft. The draft for the G League Next Up Game will take place on February 14.