Josh Gray’s Week Will Be Hard to Top

By Jacob Withee | January 8, 2018

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – We all have our good days and bad days, good weeks and bad weeks, years that stick out in our memories and years that we try to forget.

You could say that Northern Arizona Suns guard Josh Gray had a good week. Ok, that’s a huge understatement. Gray’s past week was so good that it will be hard to top.

First-of-all, it’s about wins and losses. So how did the Suns do in that category this week? The team won both games on the road, taking a 113-108 contest at the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Tuesday and winning 125-104 at the Reno Bighorns on Friday. At the times of both meetings, the Vipers were 15-8 and the Bighorns were riding a six-game winning streak, their longest regular season winning streak in four years.

An undefeated week against two hot opponents…check.

Statistically, Gray was off the charts in both games. He recorded 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting, 4-of-6 from deep, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals against the Vipers. Against the Bighorns he 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. With week averages of 24.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists, he was the only player in the NBA G League to average 20+ points, 7+ rebounds and 7+ assists.

He averaged the most steals in the league this week too, earning 6.0 steals per game. His 12 total were the most in the league, despite playing two games. The next closest mark for someone who played two games or less was five steals. His seven steals against Reno tied a team record, and he is now averaging the fourth most steals per game in the league for the season (2.4).

That all manifested into him earning NBA G League Player of the Week honors, his first career award and the second in Northern Arizona Suns team history.

Getting named the best player in the league for the week…check.

This was one of the best weeks in Gray’s professional basketball run, but it assuredly doesn’t compare to what happened in his personal life.

The 24-year-old welcomed his first child into the world, a son, who he named Kason Marcellus Gray.

Playing at the top of his game while providing the miracle of life. What a week for Josh Gray, one he will never forget…check.