The Wisconsin Herd, the Milwaukee Bucks G League affiliate, headlined the G League’s 2019-20 All-NBA teams that were announced Friday morning.
The honors have kept rolling on for the Milwaukee Bucks G League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd.
A day after the G League crowned Bucks two-way player Frank Mason III as this season’s Most Valuable Player, multiple Herd standouts, including Mason, landed on the G League’s All-NBA teams, which were formally announced Friday morning.
It was the Herd’s starting backcourt of Mason and Jaylen Adams that earned first team honors while the squad’s glue guy, Jemerrio Jones, was named to the third team.
Of course, this honor is just the latest of Mason’s wonderful MVP-winning season and he may even have a chance to cap it off with an appearance with the Bucks when the NBA season restarts next month in Orlando.
In regard to Adams, the combination of finishing second in MVP voting behind Mason and landing on the first team caps off what was a sensational season for the St. Bonaventure product.
Adams’ star-level play and production previously helped him earn a look for Team USA during AmeriCup qualifiers midway through the season and he built on the foundation he laid down within the Atlanta Hawks organization as a rookie last year. The dynamic score-first guard finished the year averaging 21.5 points on a .486/.407/.788 slash line, along with 5.7 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals across his 33 appearances with the Herd.
Rounding it all out is Jones, who played such an indispensable role within the Herd’s foundation and supporting cast around their featured scorers in Adams, Mason, Rayjon Tucker and on down the line.
After all, it was the dirty work and hustle that Jones provided while essentially playing as a small ball center that helped make the Herd the third-best defensive unit in all of the G League under first-year head coach Chase Buford. And the New Mexico State product ended up averaging double figures in points (10.8) and rebounds (12), 4.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks across his 42 appearances this season.
The recent honors for all of Adams, Jones and Mason, as well as the team’s overwhelming success all throughout the 2019-20 G League season, only reinforces the wonderful job that Buford, Herd general manager Dave Dean and the organization’s front office had in building such a rewarding foundation.
That includes recognizing such quality G League talents as Adams, Jones and two-way player Cam Reynolds, who helped contribute to such a winning campaign with his high-volume sharpshooting and floor spacing offensively. And the same goes for taking shots on undrafted players from last year’s class, like Tucker and Luke Maye, that helped established a multi-dimensional rotation.
Again, it’s a shame that the Herd’s chance to contend for a G League championship was taken away from them under such swift and surreal circumstances and it will certainly make for a tough act to follow next season, whatever the season format may end up being.
That challenge waits for another day, but it’s honors like these that act as a consolation prize for the players involved, the Herd, and the Bucks organization itself in lieu of finishing out the year as planned.