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Robert Woodard II scores a game-high 25 points in his G-League debut

Sacramento's 40th overall pick, Robert Woodard II, caught the eye of many in his first game for the Austin Spurs.

While Jonathan Kuminga and Jalen Green's Ignite roster were in the spotlight on ESPN2, Robert Woodard II was simultaneously putting on a show during his debut with the Austin Spurs taking on the Memphis Hustle.

Sacramento's 40th overall selection in the 2020 NBA Draft did not start for Austin but quickly ensured a spot in the closing rotation with his stellar play from the jump.

The Mississippi State product is recognized for his defense, yet secured a game-high 25 points and was crucial to the Spurs eventual victory. Woodard projects as a role player with 3&D upside who does most of his work off-ball, but he played the star for the first half.

His explosiveness was on full display as he strived to dunk seemingly every time he drove the lane.

 

Notice how these all take place within the flow of the offense. He is not one to take four or five dribbles and lull defenders to sleep with his shake. The 6'6" wing is a smart player who makes his living by being in the right spot, executing ideal cuts to catch the defense sleeping, and capitalizing on his high understanding of the game.

Prospects who are high-usage at lower levels usually find trouble translating their talents to the NBA game, where they are guaranteed to see fewer touches unless they're a lottery talent. This is the least of anyone's concerns with Woodard.

The Austin Spurs played a very high paced offense, that primarily ran through Tre Jones in the open court or Luka Samanic if they were slowed into a halfcourt situation.

Imagine Woodard catching lobs from the association's fastest player in De'Aaron Fox rather than Jones. He even displayed his promising shooting stroke that intrigued scouts going into the draft, knocking down a shot from deep in transition.

Aside from a few heat checks, which were justified, Woodard's shot selection was ideal for a player that can fill a Glenn Robinson-esque role in the league.

As the whistle blew for halftime, Sacramento's second-rounder had a stat line of 17 points on 8/11 shooting, four rebounds, and one assist.

For most of the second half, he was more of the quiet role player that was expected going into his debut. While offense makes the highlight reels and gets fans blood pumping, defense is where consistency lies and Woodard did not disappoint there.

He was assigned wings to start, but saw minutes as the primary cover for Stanford's shifty Tyrell Terry who stands at 6'2". He banged with previous Baylor center Freddie Gillespie. Woodard remained active and aware on the defensive end of the floor, and his one logged steal is a thing of beauty that highlights those instincts.

As the Hustle closed the gap, Woodard took advantage of his famous strength to post up smaller opponents and finish with a soft touch. Diving onto the floor to secure an offensive rebound and with the game on the line for his new team shows the energy level that Woodard provides on a nightly basis.

Many Sacramento fans have been envious while watching Xavier Tillman, who was selected by Sacramento at pick 35 before being traded to Memphis in exchange for pick 40 and a future second. While Tillman has been undoubtedly impressive during his rookie season for the Grizzlies, Woodard fits one of the most valuable prototypes in the modern NBA of a switchable wing who can contribute on the offensive end of the floor without the ball in his hands.

At the moment, trading down and acquiring Robert Woodard II along with an additional asset is looking like good business from new general manager Monte McNair.

But it is far too early to sing praises, and we will see how Woodard continues to perform during his time in the G-League bubble.

The Austin Spurs' next matchup is on February 11th, at 4:30 pm PST against the Lakeland Magic which features old friend Frank Mason.

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reydarly
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February 11, 2021 10:59 am

I would rather have him getting minutes than GR3. At least he wouldn’t get “whoever” offense ran on him like GR3.

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February 11, 2021 11:24 am

Frank Mason is playing in the G League? Huh, good to see he’s still around!

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February 11, 2021 12:43 pm
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Frank Mason was the scoring champ in the G League last season

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February 11, 2021 1:41 pm
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And that is why I take impressive performances in the G-League by fringe NBA talent with a rather large grain of salt.

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February 12, 2021 7:17 am
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Mason is now with Orlando but injured last nite in Warriors game !

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February 11, 2021 11:36 am

Understanding the G league is a long way from NBA level, I would be much more excited watching Woodard than GRIII or CoJo.

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February 11, 2021 12:39 pm
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I agree that I would be more excited to watch him than those guys. That said, I think he’s in the right place for his development.

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February 11, 2021 12:58 pm

Agreed.

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February 11, 2021 2:26 pm
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You’d be more excited watching GRIII?
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February 11, 2021 2:33 pm
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Heat check!

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February 11, 2021 11:37 am

And yet Klay Thompson has more All-Star votes than him!

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February 11, 2021 11:40 am

encouraging news!

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February 11, 2021 12:28 pm

Yeah his offense was looking pretty solid. Good news so far.

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February 11, 2021 12:29 pm

Frank Mason signed a 2-way deal with Orlando last week and has been getting minutes due to injuries. I doubt he’ll be back in the bubble especially with Anthony’s shoulder injury the other day.

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February 11, 2021 3:02 pm
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Hoping Mason doesn’t have a revenge game on saturday

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February 11, 2021 1:09 pm

I knew as soon as I saw the headline the comments would be calling for the G-League player that has played one G-League game to replace an established NBA veteran on the current roster and I was not wrong.

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February 11, 2021 1:26 pm
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there’s a “reply” button if you’d like to engage with one of those comments directly.

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February 11, 2021 1:28 pm
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TBF, many of those same commenters were calling for Woodard over GR3 before the season even began, and they do have a solid reason for it, even if your perspective is different.

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February 12, 2021 7:20 am
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Maybe let McNair and coach decide if Woodward should play over a young vet just to please some fans !

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February 12, 2021 7:32 am
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That’s not how it works on the NBA’s most knowledgeable fan forum.

Maybe let McNair and coach decide

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February 11, 2021 8:40 pm
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I am now in favor of it because GR3 is not much better if at all and has been a net negative out there on the floor. I dont expect Woodard to perform like he is now, considering the competition level. The fact he is dominating means he at least belongs in the NBA. He defends and rebounds well and those are 2 things this team needs more of. He would only play spot minutes the middle quarters anyway so why not give him GR3’s minutes? And GR3 is probably only getting burn because Jefferies is injured.

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February 11, 2021 2:34 pm

No game today?

All those other NBA teams are cowards and afraid to play the Kings.

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February 11, 2021 6:56 pm

Woodard had another productive game tonight€”20 pts/11 rebounds, 9 of 19 shooting in 31 minutes.

Ramsey wasn’t nearly as effective in his game€”6 pts/4 rebounds, 2 of 9 shooting in 21 minutes.

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February 12, 2021 7:14 am
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I haven’t seen anything impressive from Ramsey yet. He has bricked the few jump shots I have seen.
Woodard looks promising, especially for a second round choice.

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February 12, 2021 7:26 am
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20 points on 19 shots is not winning production ! Needs to be about 24 on 19 to be that !

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February 11, 2021 8:11 pm

OT: Holy shit, I didn’t realize that Griffin was this washed. I had floated trading for him earlier in the year. Fuck that.

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February 11, 2021 8:35 pm
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Wow, all that in 31 minutes a game.

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February 12, 2021 7:23 am
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He has been a max contract bust for a couple of season ! Kevin Love seems moving in that direction as well !

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February 11, 2021 8:23 pm

Omg, can you imagine if this is the injury report for the Magic tomorrow?

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February 11, 2021 10:06 pm
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On a back to back as well.

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February 12, 2021 8:39 am
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Strange Things

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February 12, 2021 8:36 am

Thanks Brenden! Appreciate the work here and TKH overall

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