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Johnathan Williams signs a two-way contract with the Washington Wizards

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Brandon Clarke - Memphis Grizzlies

12.3 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.0 BPG in 21.3 MPG (35 games)

Memphis has become the Morant and Clarke show. Both rookies have been sensational through just about the first half of the season. Ja leads all rookies in scoring with 18.0 PPG and assists with 6.9 APG. Brandon leads all rookies in rebounding and 2nd in field goal percentage with .629%. The future is bright for the Grizzlies as long as those two are on the floor together.

Domantas Sabonis - Indiana Pacers

17.8 PPG, 13.1 RPG, 4.2 APG, 52.2 FG% in 34.3 MPG (37 games)

Sabonis is pretty much a lock as an All-Star in the Eastern Conference. The fourth-year player ranks 5th in rebounding in the NBA and has been putting players across the league on a poster with his high-flying, leftie jams. Easy pick for a trip to Chicago for the 69th All-Star Weekend in February.

Kelly Olynyk - Miami Heat

7.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.2 APG IN 20.1 MPG (35 games)

Zach Collins - Portland Trail Blazers

9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG in 28.7 MPG (3 games)

Collins underwent successful surgery on his his left shoulder back in November and has been recovering ever since. He was given a timetable of 4-6 months after the procedure. The Trail Blazers have a record of 14-22 since Collins has been injured.

Rui Hachimura - Washington Wizards

13.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.6 APG in 29.2 MPG (25 games)

Remember when I threw out those rookie rankings for Morant and Clarke? Well, Rui isn’t too far away from both of them. Hachimura ranks 4th in points, 2nd in rebounding, and 6th in field goal percentage with .482%. That’s some 1st Team All-Rookie type-numbers right there.

Nigel Williams-Goss - Utah Jazz

0.4 PPG, 0.6 APG in 3.1 MPG (9 games)

Although Nigel isn’t seeing much time on the floor for a guard-heavy Utah club, he has a proven track record in the G-League for the Salt Lake City Stars. In 11 starts, Williams-Goss is averaging 15.5 PPG, 5.3 APG, 4.3 RPG, and 1.5 SPG. He’ll get his time to shine with a big club maybe not this season but in the near future.

G-League:

Zach Norvell Jr. - South Bay Lakers

13.6 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.0 APG in 27.0 MPG (22 games)

David Stockton - South Bay Lakers

11.9 PPG, 6.9 APG in 22.3 MPG (11 games)

Josh Perkins - Greensboro Swarm

4.1 PPG, 2.5 APG in 13.9 MPG (19 games)

Two-Way Contracts:

Johnathan Williams - Washington Wizards/Capital City Go-Go

5.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG in 20.5 MPG (6 games w/ Wizards)

JW3 spent a couple weeks playing alongside Rui and the Wizards before he was cut on January 4th. Then, a little over a week later on January 12th, Washington called him back and offered him a two-way contract. This will be the 2nd two-way contract for Williams as he had one last season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

*Arden Cravalho is a Gonzaga University graduate from the Bay Area... Follow him on Twitter @a_cravalho