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Warney and Motley named to All-NBA G League Teams

The honors are well deserved for two of the G League’s top performers.

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Two members of the Texas Legends are being recognized for their performance this season. Jameel Warney was selected the All-NBA G League First Team. His teammate, Johnathan Motley, received Second Team honors.

Warney appeared in 42 games with the Legends this season, starting 35, and averaged 19.9 points on 52.9 percent shooting, 9.6 rebounds, three assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game. He also spent some time in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks. In three games, the 24-year-old averaged 5.7 points on 58.3 percent shooting and three rebounds in nine minutes per game.

Motley, who has a two-way contract, played 34 games with the Legends, all starts. The 22-year-old averaged 22.2 points on 56.6 percent shooting, 9.7 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and 1.1 blocks. He also appeared in 11 games with the Mavericks, mostly toward the end of the season. With Dallas, Motley averaged 8.7 points on 53.3 percent shooting and 4.5 rebounds while becoming a fan favorite.

It wasn’t just fans who became enamored with Motley, though. Mavs rookie Dennis Smith Jr., who became friends with Motley this season, believes his future is bright.

“I think he could be phenomenal in the league,” Smith said in January. “He’s a five-man that can play. He can knock down the jump shot, he can score down low, he has a high IQ—super athletic. So, I think he can be a really good player in the NBA.”