The Gray-Silas Duo Showed Out This Week for the NAZ Suns

By Jacob Withee | January 29, 2018

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – Although neither of them earned NBA G League Player of the Week honors, both Josh Gray and Xavier Silas put together one of their best weeks of the season, certainly the best week as a pair.

Gray averaged 26.3 points on 56.6 percent shooting, 51.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc, 80.0 percent shooting from the free throw line, 7.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game. Silas averaged 24.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting, 45.7 percent shooting from distance, 94.7 percent shooting from the charity stripe, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists.

Both scored 20+ points against the Oklahoma City Blue on Tuesday (Silas scored 30), both scored 20+ points against the Agua Caliente Clippers on Friday (Gray scored 32) and Gray was just a point short of both scoring 20+ against the Reno Bighorns on Saturday. This week, the two combined for 153 points (41.4 percent of the team’s total scoring).

Gray and Silas both put up their numbers in incredibly efficient fashion, especially when looking at the distance of their average shots. The two combined to shoot 50-of-99 (.505) from the field, with a 31-of-64 (.484) clip from distance. That’s 64.6 percent of their shot attempts coming from beyond the arc, so it shouldn’t surprise you that Silas tied for the most three-points makes this week (16) and Gray tied for the third most three-point makes (15). Among players to shoot 25 attempts from three-point land, Gray and Silas were just two of four to shoot better than 45.0 percent from distance.

Some other notes this week:

  • Gray was one of two players to average at least 20.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists.
  • Silas sank 16 three-pointers, putting him at 105 for the season. That’s good for second most in the league, just two behind Rio Grande Valley’s RJ Hunter, who’s played two more games.
  • Gray tied for the most steals in the league (10). For the season, he is averaging the third most in the league (2.3 per game).
  • Silas surpassed Omari Johnson for 10th on the NBA G League’s all-time three-point made list, and then surpassed Andre Dawkins for ninth place. Silas has made 360 three-pointers in his G League career.
  • Gray scored 32 points on Jan. 26, earning his fourth 30+ point game of the year, tied for the seventh most such games in the league.
  • Silas made 18-of-19 free throws, continually showing he’s one of the best shooters in the game. His 90.6 percent mark from the free throw line for the season is third best in the league.

Silas also had a creative gender reveal after the Suns beat the Clippers, revealing to the world he has a second son on the way.

Gray, Silas, and the rest of the Northern Arizona Suns will look to continue a playoff push on Wednesday when they visit the South Bay Lakers.