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O’Bryant Earns Honorable Mention for Showcase Efforts

By Jacob Withee | January 24, 2017

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – Having just earned the first NBA Development League Performer of the Week honors by a Northern Arizona Suns player in team history, Johnny O’Bryant had another great weekly outing at the Showcase in Mississauga, Ontario.

The Showcase was a chance for all players to play their best in front of NBA scouts and player personnel executives, with all 22 D-League teams gathered to play two games apiece at the Hershey Centre in Canada.

O’Bryant played so well that he earned an NBADLeague.com Honorable Mention.

The Louisiana State product was the lone Suns player honored with such an award at the Showcase.

O’Bryant absolutely shined in the Suns’ first game at the Showcase on Jan. 18 against the Oklahoma City Blue. Although the Suns lost a close one 103-98, O’Bryant led all scorers with 27 points on 11-of-20 shooting, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. He also added nine rebounds, two assists and three steals.

He scored 20 points in the first half alone on 8-of-11 shooting, and grabbed six rebounds in the first 24 minutes of play. He set a new career-high with those three steals, and it was his third consecutive game scoring at least 20 points.

In the Suns’ next game on Jan. 20 against the Austin Spurs, O’Bryant scored 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 2-of-5 from distance. He also tallied five rebounds and two blocks.

The Suns’ starting center was tied for sixth in the league for the week in three-point field goal percentage, and has hit multiple three-pointers in three straight games.

For the season, he is now averaging 18.4 points on 46.0 percent shooting and 8.6 rebounds.

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