PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – The NBA G League announced Monday that Northern Arizona Suns guard Josh Gray has won Player of the Week honors for games played Jan. 1-7.
This is Gray’s first career weekly award, and it marks the second in NAZ Suns team history. Johnny O’Bryant was named Player of the Week last season from games played Jan. 9-15.
Gray averaged 24.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 6.0 steals per game in two contests, leading the Suns to a 2-0 week. He shot 18-of-32 (56.3 percent) from the field and 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Louisiana State alum was the only player in the league this week to average at least 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. He averaged the most steals in the league, and his 12 total steals were the most in the league, despite the fact he only played two games. Five steals was the next highest mark from someone who played two games or less.
Gray, 24, averaged the eighth most points and the 10th most assists in the league this week, the only player to be in the top 20 in both categories.
On Jan. 2, Gray recorded 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting (4-of-6 from distance), seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals in the NAZ Suns’ 113-108 win at the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
On Jan. 5, the point guard achieved a point-rebound double-double with 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting (5-of-10 from beyond the arc), 10 rebounds, seven assists and seven steals in Northern Arizona’s 125-104 win at the Reno Bighorns. His seven steals tied a team record for most steals in a game (Shaquille Harrison at Oklahoma City on Dec. 19, 2017). Gray was one of eight guards in the league to earn a point-rebound double-double in the week, his third double-double of the year.
For the season, Gray is averaging 16.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.4 steals per game. He ranks fourth overall in the NBA G League this year with those 2.4 steals per game, and 17th with 6.1 assists per game.
Since taking over the starting point guard role on Dec. 29 (four games), Gray is averaging 19.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 5.0 steals per game.
The NAZ Suns all-time leader in assists (366), steals (132) and games played (73) also had one of the biggest weeks in his personal life. Gray welcomed his first child into the world on Thursday. He named his son Kason Marcellus Gray.