The NBA Development League might not be as competitive as the NBA, but it still features some great performances.
Case in point: Brianté Weber, a point guard for the Sioux Falls Skyforce, a Miami Heat affiliate. In an overtime loss against the Oklahoma City Blue, a Thunder affiliate, Weber was only one steal shy of a quadruple-double.
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In Tuesday’s game, the 6-foot-2 guard recorded 18 points, 12 assists, 11 rebounds and 9 steals. One more steal would have given him the D-League’s first-ever quadruple-double (there have been only five in the history of the NBA). But stuffing the stat sheet isn’t uncommon for Weber, who has a total of five triple-doubles on the season, while the rest of the D-League has nine combined.
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In January alone, the 25-year-old racked up five double-doubles and two triple-doubles. He averaged 21.5 points, 8.3 assists, 6.6 rebounds and 3.6 steals, and was named D-League Player of the Month.
Weber has definitely caught the eye of Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra. “I think it’s awesome,” Spoelstra said, according to the Miami Herald. “I love Bri. We spent a lot of time with him and he’s just slowly getting better and better in the specific areas that he needs to. But I think he found a great place where he can develop. Nevada [Smith, head coach of the Skyforce] is utilizing him in a terrific way. His time will come.”
Weber was the final player cut by the Heat in the preseason, but he might be called up soon if he keeps playing at this level. He is the No.1 prospect of the Top 25 call-up-eligible prospects in the NBADL, averaging 16.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.4 assists and a league-leading 3.2 steals per game.
Check out more highlights of Weber below.
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