PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – X marks the spot.
Known for his exceptional shooting ability, Xavier Silas has always been a dangerous outside threat. This season, he was as dangerous as he’s ever been.
Silas made the fourth most three-point field goals in the entire NBA G League in 2017-18, finishing with 154. Owning the fifth highest average of three-point makes per game in the league (3.6), Silas was on pace for 179 makes if he would have played in all 50 games this season. Still, with 154 makes, he made some history of his own.
The 30-year-old achieved his second season making at least 120 three-pointers. Why is that notable? Silas is just the fourth player in NBA G League history to have multiple seasons with 120-plus three-point makes, joining Omari Johnson, Reggie Hearn and Scott Suggs.
By making a three-pointer in every game he played this year (which is a streak currently sitting at 46 games long), Silas moved up to eighth on the NBA G League’s all-time three-point makes leaderboard with 409. Andre Ingram, a 10-year veteran, leads with 713 career three-point makes.
Ok, by now you know he can shoot. What else can he do?
Silas has explosive athleticism just like any other star player in the league. He can throw down over defenders, use great footwork to get open, and make a perfect pass when it looks like the window is closed.
.@XavierSilas was fourth in the league with 154 three-point makes on the season.
— Northern AZ Suns (@nazsuns) April 16, 2018
The Northern Illinois alum finished with his second best scoring average in his career (18.4 PPG), his best rebounding mark (4.1 RPG), his best steals mark (1.2 SPG), and his second best shooting mark (43.8 percent).
He dropped 30 or more points three times (a single-season career-high), 20+ points 20 times (a career-high) and 10+ points 38 times (a career-high).
All of that was just part of his incredible 2017-18 journey, a year where he represented his country by playing for USA Basketball in the national team’s first round, second window set of games of World Cup Qualifying. He also earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the Boston Celtics at the end of the NBA G League season, something Silas referenced he had been waiting 2,082 days for.
#2082 days of waiting, hoping, wishing, and praying. It’s okay to fail but it’s never okay to give up. https://t.co/s4HQRO8gER
— XavierSilasGives (@XavierSilas) March 27, 2018
With a busy summer ahead for the owner of a car detailing company in Denver, Silas might be missing work for extended time on an NBA roster in the coming months.