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What Separates Torrey Craig from the Pack?

By Matt Dykstra | December 11, 2017

Two-way player Torrey Craig has gotten off to a hot start this season playing for the Sioux Falls Skyforce via the flexible-transfer rule from the Denver Nuggets. He leads the team in points (24.3), rebounds (7.0), and blocks (2.3) per game and has two 35+ point games so far on the young season.

Though he’s been a great offensive player, and his 24.3 points per game are good enough to rank seventh in the league in scoring, points alone won’t earn a player a full-time NBA contract. Ask Vander Blue of the South Bay Lakers, who has averaged over 24 points per game in each of the last two seasons, has won an NBA G League MVP Award, and just now has a two-way contract to show for it.

NBA teams want well-rounded players, and what separates Denver’s Torrey Craig from the rest of those under two-way contracts is that his defense rivals his offensive skill set. His 2.3 blocks per game rank fourth in the NBA G League, and he’s the only guard ranked within the top 10 in that category. Craig stands at just 6-6, but he’s long, extremely quick off the floor, and opponents underestimate his ability to cover ground.

Prior to the season, Skyforce Head Coach Nevada Smith had this to say about his versatile player:

“Torrey is our best defender. He’s long and athletic,” said Smith. “He can do multiple things, guard multiple positions, and play multiple positions. He’s a good shooter, and he has high energy. He’s an NBA player.”

Technically, he is an NBA player. In fact, he’s appeared in multiple games already this season for the Nuggets, albeit for just a few minutes at a time. However, it’s no player’s ultimate goal to play out their career on a two-way contract. It’s early, but it appears as though Denver has found something special in Craig, who hails from the small college of USC Upstate in South Carolina. Fans of the Skyforce and of the NBA G League in general should enjoy his time in the league while it lasts, because it appears as though Craig is on a mission to prove he’s capable of bigger and better things at the next level.