After a successful debut with the LA Clippers, we caught up with Tyrone Wallace.
One week ago, Tyrone Wallace playing in the G-League. He came into the NBA as 60th pick in the 2nd round during the 2016 draft. Wallace never really got a chance to shine in the NBA, and began his career in the G-League. He had been patiently developing himself in the G-League, waiting for an opportunity to become an NBA player.
That opportunity came exactly one week ago today, when he went against Steph Curry in his first NBA game. Wallace didn’t back down in that game, putting up: 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. He had a true moment to shine on Thursday, when he grabbed the game-winning steal for the LA Clippers against Sacramento. Doc Rivers had nothing but praise for Wallace, stating: “He won the game for us, with his IQ.”
Fast forward to today, and you wouldn’t even be able to tell that Wallace was in the G-League last week. He’s comfortably found himself in the starting lineup for the short-handed LA Clippers, averaging: 13 points, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. He has a confidence in attacking the basket, that very few players on the Clippers have. His play is a big reason why the Clippers are currently on a 4 game winning streak.
I spoke to Tyrone Wallace pre-game about his transition from the G-League, and how it’s prepared him for the NBA.
Not much was said when the LA Clippers announced that they were creating a G-League team during the off-season. If this season has proved anything, it’s that the G-League has has proven itself invaluable for the Clippers. Time after time, players have been injured this season, and a new player has stepped up. Jamil Wilson, C.J. Williams, and Tyrone Wallace are all players who deserve NBA contracts, as proven by their impressive play this season. You have to credit the G-League, for preparing these players to step up for their moment on the big stage.