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The Hustle Report: Dusty Hannahs is on Fire, Part Two

Dusty Hannahs continues to impress for the Hustle

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Week 7 Results

Memphis Hustle (9-7) 111 @ Oklahoma City Blue 119

Memphis Hustle (10-7) 119 @ Northern Arizona Suns 79

Memphis Hustle (11-7) 135 @ Raptors 905 123

Week 7 Headlines

Game 16 Breakdown

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Key Stats

  • Brandon Goodwin- 22 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals
  • Dusty Hannahs- 21 points, 2 rebounds
  • Doral Moore- 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks
  • Tarik Phillip- 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
  • Kyle Casey- 13 points, 11 rebounds

The Hustle couldn’t overcome 72 combined points by Donte Grantham, Deonte Burton and Scotty Hopson as they fell to the OKC Blue despite getting Brandon Goodwin back in the lineup. Despite the loss, it was good to see the Hustle hang in there on the road against a Blue squad currently in 1st place in the western conference. It was nice to have Goodwin back in the lineup, before he signed with the Nuggets on a two-way deal.

Game 17 Breakdown

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Key Stats

  • Dusty Hannahs- 30 points, 6 rebounds
  • Tyler Harvey- 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists
  • Tarik Phillip- 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals
  • Doral Moore- 17 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks
  • D.J. Stephens- 14 points, 8 rebounds

Last week I mentioned the game against the Suns could be a trap game for the Hustle and boy was I wrong. Behind Dusty Hannahs’ seven 3-pointers, the Hustle blew out the Suns by 40 points. The Hustle led the entire game and it really wasn’t even close after the 1st quarter. Tyler Harvey continues to impress in minutes given to him in the absence of the other Hustle guards. Tarik Phillip also has impressed with is all around play for the Hustle. All in all, a good blowout win for the Hustle as they get ready for the G-League showcase.

Game 18 Breakdown

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Key Stats

  • Tyler Harvey- 25 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals
  • Yuta Watanabe- 23 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks
  • Dusty Hannahs- 17 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Doral Moore- 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks
  • D.J. Stephens- 11 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks

The Hustle opened up the G-League showcase with a dominating effort over the Raptors 905. A handful of Hustle players put on stellar performances to impress the scouts in Las Vegas. The Raptors, without G-League MVP candidate Chris Boucher, got 30 points from Jordan Loyd but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Hustle. The Hustle dominated the paint, outscoring the 905 78-56. A win over the 905 was a great way to start the G-League showcase.

MVP of the Week - Dusty Hannahs

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Dusty Hannahs has made a strong case to be considered as the G-League’s 6th Man of the Year, as well as the Most Improved Player. Hannahs was mainly a 3 point sniper last year for the Hustle, but has evolved as a scorer for this team and has impressed in his minutes. This past week was another week he averaged over 20 points per game and is doing it with more than just a ton of 3’s, although his seven 3 pointers against the Suns was the main highlight. Don’t be surprised if a team takes a flyer on Dusty by the end of the season.

Hustle Stats

46.9%: I know I said Dusty is much more than just shooting 3’s, but he’s still dang good at shooting the ball. Dusty is currently shooting nearly 47% from beyond the arc, good for 5th in the G-League for those with over 50 attempts from beyond the arc. I thought it would be difficult for Dusty to top last years 44% but Dusty is well on his way to doing so.

115.9: The Hustle have jumped into the top 5 in points per game in the G-League. Their 115.9 points per game is currently 4th in the G-League. The best part about this stat is that the Hustle are led by committee instead of having just one star player lead the team. The Hustle are a well-balanced team and have a ton of offensive firepower.

23.6: One negative thing with the Hustle is they get a little foul happy. They currently average the 3rd most personal fouls in the G-League with nearly 24 fouls a game. The Hustle have the ability to put the clamps on defensively, but they struggle when they get in foul trouble. Most of the fouls are petty fouls, but Brad Jones needs to work with his team on limiting the fouls they commit each game.

Week 7 Grade - A

The Hustle have had another good week and continue to play good basketball despite the roster turnover. Brad Jones’ squad has had Jevon Carter, Ivan Rabb, Yuta Watanabe, and D.J. Stephens in and out of the lineup all year, but the team responds no matter who is playing. The loss against the Blue was a nice moral victory, proving they could hang with the elite in the G-League. The win over the 905 looks good now, but might not be as impressive now that the 905 have lost 3 straight.

Week 8 Preview

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Wisconsin Herd (3-13) @ Memphis Hustle 12/20 2:30 PM CT on NBA TV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Hustle play this afternoon in their second game of the G-League showcase on NBA TV against a bad Wisconsin Herd team. The Herd are last in the Eastern Conference but if both Christian Wood and James Young are available, they have the ability to make a game competitive especially since the team will be well-rested after having 6 days off before the matchup against the Hustle. The G-League showcase is difficult to predict as all teams typically pick up their play in hopes of having their guys called up to the NBA. The Hustle were expecting to get Ivan Rabb back in time for the showcase, but an injury to Joakim Noah has put Rabb back with the Grizzlies. With or without Rabb, the Hustle should be able to defeat the Herd before getting a week off over the Christmas holiday.

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