PHOTO CREDIT: UK ATHLETICS
Four year Kentucky Power Forward, Alex Poythress had been switching from the G-League (Ft. Wayne Mad Ants) and the bench of the Pacers all season on a two-way contract but now that’s over. Poythress was signed today by the Indiana Pacers.
In case you’re wondering what a two-way contract is, it’s between NBA teams and their NBA G-League affiliates. Excluding time spent before and after the G League’s season begins and ends, players on two-way contracts can spend up to 45 days in the NBA while spending the rest of the season in the G League. As of the 2017–18 season, players earn $75,000 while they are in the G League and roughly $204,000 if they spend 45 days in the NBA.
Now Poythress will make $778K this season, and it becomes fully guaranteed at $1.54M for 2018-19 if he isn’t waived by July 25. I have a good feeling that AP will not disappoint. He’s fought back from injuries and obstacles before so this is definitely a major step in the right direction for Poy.
Appearing in 11 games for the Pacers team this season and most recently the day after Christmas in which he notched 4pts, 2rebs, and a steal in 22 minuets of playing time. Poythress over the span of this year has been on both the Sixers(where he spent most of the offseason/summer) and Pacers G-League teams. With the Sixers he averaged 10.7 points and 4.8 rebounds over six NBA games in the summer. With the Mad Ants team this season he had averaged 20pts and 9 boards. Last year, Poythress was named a G League All-Star after averaging 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds in 46 games with the Mad Ants.
If you know me or have ever followed me on Twitter, you’d know just how excited I was to wake up to this news this morning. I have been one of Poythress’ biggest fans since day one at Kentucky and I couldn’t be more proud of the fight that got him to this day. The same goes for DeAndre Liggins, he fought his way from being tossed around on G-League teams to being a key piece for the Milwaukee Bucks. More than anything I love to see the fight in our Kentucky boys. Kentucky now has 27 players with NBA contracts spread over 15 teams.
This was definitely much deserved and well-earned.
Here’s an awesome throwback: