This nine-part series takes an extensive look at Skyforce players throughout the 2021-22 season. We will highlight season and career highs, as well as the impact each player made on the court. Next, we take a look at center Martin Krampelj.
The Slovenian big man out of Creighton was just one of three Skyforce players to play on the team for the entire 2021-22 season. It marked his third season as a professional and first in the G League.
How it started ➡️ how it’s going 💙 pic.twitter.com/fl10K4QjYS
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His ability to stretch the floor from the center position was a luxury for the Skyforce, as the team was 4-2 combined this season when he made three-or-more three pointers between the Showcase Cup and regular season.
Former @BluejayMBB star Martin Krampelj is no stranger to fighting tooth-and-nail to prove he is capable of being a professional basketball player 💯
— Sioux Falls Skyforce (@SFSkyforce) December 17, 2021
Krampelj appeared in 10 Showcase Cup games, where he averaged 9.9 points on a team-high 60 percent shooting (43.4 percent from deep), 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists per 19.0 minutes a game. He shot over 50 percent in nine-of-10 Showcase Cup games.
On November 28 and December 3 against Cleveland and Fort Wayne, Krampelj posted back-to-back games of 18 points, where he shot 6-8 FGA and 7-10 FGA (both games he was 3-5 3PA). He combined for 13 rebounds, seven assists and three steals with a plus-minus of plus-14.
He would finish out his Showcase Cup campaign by scoring in double figures in three of the last five games, with 14 points on 5-9 FGA, seven rebounds and two steals against Austin in the Winter Showcase.
Krampelj’s play from the Showcase Cup translated to the regular season, where he averaged 9.5 points on 53.7 percent shooting, 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.1 steals per 19.5 minutes a game.
In the first two regular season games against Iowa and Salt Lake City on January 6 and 8, the big man combined for 27 points on 8-20 FGA, 18 rebounds, four assists and five steals, with a plus-minus of plus-29.
A little over a month later, in a starting role on February 23 at Oklahoma City, Krampelj tied a career-high with 20 points on 7-11 FGA, nine rebounds and three steals in arguably his best performance of the season.
That's TOUGH, @MartinKrampelj 😤
Krampelj is up to a season-high 20 PTS and 8 REB. pic.twitter.com/AEwk9C5XSN
— Sioux Falls Skyforce (@SFSkyforce) February 24, 2022
He followed that up on February 26 at Memphis with 16 points on 4-8 FGA and nine rebounds. Both contests were victories for the Skyforce.
Krampelj posted his second double-double of the regular season on March 15 at Texas, where he had 11 points on 3-5 FGA and 10 rebounds in just 18 minutes of work.
In three of the last five regular season games, Krampelj scored in double figures. On April 2 in South Bay in the season finale, he tied his G League career-high with 20 points on 8-9 FGA, five rebounds, career-high four assists, two steals and two blocks.
Martin provided a steady option off the bench and made just as big of an impact off the court as he did on it. He appeared in numerous community events for the Skyforce and helped spread the game of basketball throughout the Sioux Falls community.
Name a better trio… we’ll wait 😉
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