The Gonzaga Bulldogs got their college basketball season underway with a win over Yale, but they weren’t the only Zags to begin their season on Friday.
Four former Gonzaga stars made season debuts in the NBA G-League: Drew Timme with the Wisconsin Herd, Malachi Smith with the Rip City Remix, and both David Stockton and Admon Gilder for the G-League Ignite.
Timme started for Wisconsin, an affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, and played 18 minutes while scoring 15 points with five rebounds and one steal. He shot 6-10 from the field, including 0-1 from distance and 2-3 from the free throw line in the team’s 116-109 loss to the Cleveland Charge.
Gonzaga’s all-time leading scorer didn’t land a roster spot to begin the NBA season, but he should do well in the G-League and could get a call-up in the not-too-distant future.
Smith started in the first ever game for the Rip City Remix, a new affiliate of the Portland Trail Blazers. In 29 minutes Smith scored eight points, dished out nine assists, grabbed six rebounds, and recorded one steal and an outstanding +23 in a 133-105 victory.
A few more near triple doubles and Smith could get a call as well, especially with Portland dealing with significant injuries to their guard room (although they just signed former San Francisco guard Jamaree Bouyea to a two-way contract).
Stockton and Gilder each played well for the Ignite in their loss to the Ontario Clippers. Stockton started and played 33 minutes, displaying his elite passing abilities by recording 10 assists, along with seven rebounds and two steals. He added 13 points as well on 6-16 shooting, but his role with this team is to feed the NBA draft darlings, including Ron Holland (21 points).
Gilder came off the bench and had two points on 1-3 shooting, along with four rebounds in 18 minutes. Look for him to serve as a valuable veteran role player for this team throughout the year.
Jeremy Pargo is on the roster for the G-League Ignite but did not suit up in their first game of the season.
(Look for more G-League, NBA, and overseas updates on Gonzaga alumni here at Score Zags Score)
Andy hosts the Locked on Zags and Locked on College Basketball podcasts, and serves Locked On in a marketing/digital content creator role as well. He lives just outside Portland with his wife Jenna and dog, Tillie.