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Devontae Cacok Named Ridiculous Upside’s G League Rookie of the Year

Ridiculous Upside announces that South Bay Lakers forward Devontae Cacok as the pick for G League Rookie of the Year.
By Dakota Schmidt@Dakota_Schmidt May 30, 2020, 6:30pm EDT

In the opening sentences of the “Ridiculous Upside’s 2019-20 G League Rookie of the Year Finalists” piece, I explained how it was really difficult to trim the list of fantastic first-year G League talent to just six. At that time, I didn’t realize how the level of difficulty would increase when it came to the task of picking just one player from that list and naming them as the site’s pick for G League Rookie of the Year.

Since publishing the list of G League MVP finalists on Thursday evening, there have been two names rolling around in my head as the best players to win this award: Jarrell Brantley and Devontae Cacok. Choosing those two players from that bunch makes a lot of sense when you see what those players were able to do during their first years as pros.

For Brantley, the two-way forward signed by the Jazz after an excellent career with the College of Charleston was a fantastic G Leaguer from the moment he first stepped on the court. In every 33 games that he played, Brantley stood as the epitome of reliability through being a versatile defender and a point forward that can score in multiple ways while also being able to work as a facilitator.

Those factors allowed him to average 18.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.5 steals on 52% from the field and 33% from beyond the arc on 4.8 attempts per game. With those great statistics, he was able to lead the 30-12 Salt Lake City Stars in both points and rebounds. Brantley’s status as the offensive leader of a fantastic G League squad seems to be a pretty damn good reason for him to be a finalist for both MVP and Rookie of the Year.

Although those factors are why I was honestly leading towards picking Brantley, the other competitor in this battle that was occurring in my mind had too great of a season to overlook.

During his rookie year with the South Bay Lakers, Lakers two-way forward was spectacular as he averaged 19.4 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 1.1 steals on 66% from the field in only 24 minutes per game. Obviously, those statistics look good when you look at it from the perspective of per-36 minutes where he averaged 29.3 points and 18 rebounds. Cacok’s rookie year continues to look great when you look at advanced statistics as the 6’7 forward maintained a 70% True Shooting Percentage while maintaining a 21.8% True Rebounding Percentage, which stands second in G League history behind former AC Clippers big Angel Delgado.

Although Cacok receivers the silver medal as an all-time G League rebounder, he had the type of season that we’ve rarely seen in pro basketball. To put his brilliance in perspective, there’s only two players in NBA history that was able to average at least 25 points and 14 rebounds per 36 minutes while maintaining a 60% True Shooting Percentage: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1970-71 and Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2019-20. The fact that Cacok had a rookie year in a pro league that was only matched by two MVP’s is something that’s absolutely unbelievable.

So although he struggled with foul trouble that was bad enough to limit his minutes and was on a below-average South Bay team, Devontae Cacok’s historic 2019-20 campaign is enough to have him be Ridiculous Upside’s pick for G League Rookie of the Year.
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Good job young man!

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Historic is the word that keeps popping up when you describe his play on the court. He's only going to get better. Also love the fact that two CAA players were at the top of his list. Brantley was a stud as well, but Cacok had his number then too.
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(05-31-2020 09:00 AM)82hawk Wrote:  Also love the fact that two CAA players were at the top of his list.
That CAA team that won the 3 on 3 championship was really something!
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(05-31-2020 10:11 AM)70shawk Wrote:  
(05-31-2020 09:00 AM)82hawk Wrote:  Also love the fact that two CAA players were at the top of his list.
That CAA team that won the 3 on 3 championship was really something!

Perfect for a three on three game! Loved watching that tournament.
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Cacok is a beast and needs to have that jersey in Trask ASAP.

Great to see his success beyond UNCW too. Hope he gets a better crack at the NBA this coming season.


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Cacok is a beast but so was Brantley. That guy always impressed me with his offensive arsenal. Hopefully, they both will get into the NBA because both were outstanding college players.
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(05-31-2020 03:03 PM)billthebighawksfan Wrote:  Cacok is a beast but so was Brantley. That guy always impressed me with his offensive arsenal. Hopefully, they both will get into the NBA because both were outstanding college players.

Brantley was a great player for Charleston, but if he gets to the NBA regularly before Cacok that is a travesty.


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(05-31-2020 06:43 PM)CG_Hawk06 Wrote:  
(05-31-2020 03:03 PM)billthebighawksfan Wrote:  Cacok is a beast but so was Brantley. That guy always impressed me with his offensive arsenal. Hopefully, they both will get into the NBA because both were outstanding college players.

Brantley was a great player for Charleston, but if he gets to the NBA regularly before Cacok that is a travesty.


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I don't know. He has a more versatile game that may be better suited for the NBA. That's been my concern for Cacok from the start.
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(06-01-2020 04:15 AM)82hawk Wrote:  
(05-31-2020 06:43 PM)CG_Hawk06 Wrote:  
(05-31-2020 03:03 PM)billthebighawksfan Wrote:  Cacok is a beast but so was Brantley. That guy always impressed me with his offensive arsenal. Hopefully, they both will get into the NBA because both were outstanding college players.

Brantley was a great player for Charleston, but if he gets to the NBA regularly before Cacok that is a travesty.


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I don't know. He has a more versatile game that may be better suited for the NBA. That's been my concern for Cacok from the start.

He’s a pro! Love his high energy and athleticism that gives his team extra possessions. Work on that corner 3 ball and you’ll be moving up in no time!
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(06-01-2020 09:54 AM)bricksnivy Wrote:  
(06-01-2020 04:15 AM)82hawk Wrote:  
(05-31-2020 06:43 PM)CG_Hawk06 Wrote:  
(05-31-2020 03:03 PM)billthebighawksfan Wrote:  Cacok is a beast but so was Brantley. That guy always impressed me with his offensive arsenal. Hopefully, they both will get into the NBA because both were outstanding college players.

Brantley was a great player for Charleston, but if he gets to the NBA regularly before Cacok that is a travesty.


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I don't know. He has a more versatile game that may be better suited for the NBA. That's been my concern for Cacok from the start.

He’s a pro! Love his high energy and athleticism that gives his team extra possessions. Work on that corner 3 ball and you’ll be moving up in no time!
- Jared Dudley

Yeah, agree. Bottom line if about any other team than the Lakers, he'd have been up already. There are a million guys with similar skill sets to Brantley, Vonte is unique!
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(06-01-2020 10:21 AM)Seahawkhoops Wrote:  
(06-01-2020 09:54 AM)bricksnivy Wrote:  
(06-01-2020 04:15 AM)82hawk Wrote:  
(05-31-2020 06:43 PM)CG_Hawk06 Wrote:  
(05-31-2020 03:03 PM)billthebighawksfan Wrote:  Cacok is a beast but so was Brantley. That guy always impressed me with his offensive arsenal. Hopefully, they both will get into the NBA because both were outstanding college players.

Brantley was a great player for Charleston, but if he gets to the NBA regularly before Cacok that is a travesty.


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I don't know. He has a more versatile game that may be better suited for the NBA. That's been my concern for Cacok from the start.

He’s a pro! Love his high energy and athleticism that gives his team extra possessions. Work on that corner 3 ball and you’ll be moving up in no time!
- Jared Dudley

Yeah, agree. Bottom line if about any other team than the Lakers, he'd have been up already. There are a million guys with similar skill sets to Brantley, Vonte is unique!

Brantley is unique too, you're underestimating his talent. There simply aren't that many players that can do what he does at his size. Most bigs need to work on there jumpshot and ballhandling when they get to the league. Brantley doesn't, which is why he was drafted. Cacok will make the league because he's really good at what he does. His offensive game is finally being displayed to it's full potential because he's not being used primarily as a post player. I hope both of them make a bunch of money because both are very talented. It will be interesting to see what happens to Cacok this offseason. IMO he'd benefit from going to another franchise, one that actually uses their two-way players. If there's no "summer league' this season, then that will hurt him.
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(06-01-2020 10:37 AM)Gary Miller Wrote:  
(06-01-2020 10:21 AM)Seahawkhoops Wrote:  
(06-01-2020 09:54 AM)bricksnivy Wrote:  
(06-01-2020 04:15 AM)82hawk Wrote:  
(05-31-2020 06:43 PM)CG_Hawk06 Wrote:  Brantley was a great player for Charleston, but if he gets to the NBA regularly before Cacok that is a travesty.


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I don't know. He has a more versatile game that may be better suited for the NBA. That's been my concern for Cacok from the start.

He’s a pro! Love his high energy and athleticism that gives his team extra possessions. Work on that corner 3 ball and you’ll be moving up in no time!
- Jared Dudley

Yeah, agree. Bottom line if about any other team than the Lakers, he'd have been up already. There are a million guys with similar skill sets to Brantley, Vonte is unique!

Brantley is unique too, you're underestimating his talent. There simply aren't that many players that can do what he does at his size. Most bigs need to work on there jumpshot and ballhandling when they get to the league. Brantley doesn't, which is why he was drafted. Cacok will make the league because he's really good at what he does. His offensive game is finally being displayed to it's full potential because he's not being used primarily as a post player. I hope both of them make a bunch of money because both are very talented. It will be interesting to see what happens to Cacok this offseason. IMO he'd benefit from going to another franchise, one that actually uses their two-way players. If there's no "summer league' this season, then that will hurt him.
Not under estimating him at all. I too hope they both make it. Just stating that you can't teach what Vonte has. That motor and the knack for rebounding is very unique.
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In today's game vs the Wizards, Cacok had 11 points and 5 rebounds in his first 4 minutes and ended with a predictable double double with 11 and 10
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(07-27-2020 04:58 PM)hittsprint Wrote:  In today's game vs the Wizards, Cacok had 11 points and 5 rebounds in his first 4 minutes and ended with a predictable double double with 11 and 10

He was getting plenty of love from the play by play guys.
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(07-27-2020 04:58 PM)hittsprint Wrote:  In today's game vs the Wizards, Cacok had 11 points and 5 rebounds in his first 4 minutes and ended with a predictable double double with 11 and 10

He was getting plenty of love from the play by play guys.

Was it an actual NBA game? (assume pre season =)?
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(07-27-2020 06:55 PM)Seahawkhoops Wrote:  
(07-27-2020 05:42 PM)SEA33HAWK Wrote:  
(07-27-2020 04:58 PM)hittsprint Wrote:  In today's game vs the Wizards, Cacok had 11 points and 5 rebounds in his first 4 minutes and ended with a predictable double double with 11 and 10

He was getting plenty of love from the play by play guys.

Was it an actual NBA game? (assume pre season =)?

They're doing like two weeks of scrimmages. Then it's game on.
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(07-27-2020 08:15 PM)SEA33HAWK Wrote:  
(07-27-2020 06:55 PM)Seahawkhoops Wrote:  
(07-27-2020 05:42 PM)SEA33HAWK Wrote:  
(07-27-2020 04:58 PM)hittsprint Wrote:  In today's game vs the Wizards, Cacok had 11 points and 5 rebounds in his first 4 minutes and ended with a predictable double double with 11 and 10

He was getting plenty of love from the play by play guys.

Was it an actual NBA game? (assume pre season =)?

They're doing like two weeks of scrimmages. Then it's game on.
After I saw this post I saw a video highlight of one of his teammates and saw him on the floor. Wonder if he has a legit chance of making the roster for the restart?
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(07-28-2020 07:33 AM)Seahawkhoops Wrote:  
(07-27-2020 08:15 PM)SEA33HAWK Wrote:  
(07-27-2020 06:55 PM)Seahawkhoops Wrote:  
(07-27-2020 05:42 PM)SEA33HAWK Wrote:  
(07-27-2020 04:58 PM)hittsprint Wrote:  In today's game vs the Wizards, Cacok had 11 points and 5 rebounds in his first 4 minutes and ended with a predictable double double with 11 and 10

He was getting plenty of love from the play by play guys.

Was it an actual NBA game? (assume pre season =)?

They're doing like two weeks of scrimmages. Then it's game on.
After I saw this post I saw a video highlight of one of his teammates and saw him on the floor. Wonder if he has a legit chance of making the roster for the restart?

In such an odd year, with revenues surely impacted in a negative way, he may be a nice cost savings for them.
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