‘KBL’ James Kelly, playing in the G League… Lee Hyun-joong’s Santa Cruz opponent Pearl Pearl

‘KBL’ James Kelly, playing in the G League… Lee Hyun-joong’s Santa Cruz opponent Pearl Pearl

James Kelly (29, 197cm), who played an active role in the KBL in the past, is continuing his career in the G League.

At dawn on the 8th (Korean time), the 2022-2023 season NBA Lower League G League match between the Birmingham Squadron and the Santa Cruz Warriors held at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

While Lee Hyun-joong of Santa Cruz, who is challenging for the NBA, was absent for the first time since entering the G League, we were able to see a happy face in the game today. James Kelly, who wore the uniforms of Incheon E-Land and Changwon LG in the 2016-2017 season and the 2017-2018 season, respectively, walked the KBL stage.

On the KBL stage, Kelly was a foreign player specializing in offense. He had nothing to blame for his scoring ability and resilience. However, compared to his excellent attacking power, he also revealed obvious weaknesses in his play behind the goal and defense. Kelly played two seasons at E-Land and LG, averaging 22.3 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals. 슈퍼벳 토토

Kelly started against Santa Cruz wearing a Birmingham uniform and recorded 21 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocked shots while playing on the court for 33 minutes. As revealed in the stats, his unique attack power and elasticity were still the same. In a 2-on-2 pick-and-roll play, he mainly showed slip and roll, as well as skill-based bottom-of-the-box attacks. He also showed off his athletic prowess with an alley whoop dunk.

While Kelly took the lead in winning the team with a double-double, Birmingham, with as many as seven players scoring double-digit points, beat Santa Cruz 127-112.

After leaving the KBL stage, Kelly moved to Europe such as Greece and Turkey to build her career. Starting this season, she is challenging to enter the NBA by signing a contract with G-League Birmingham. This season, Kelly has played in 18 G-League games for Birmingham, averaging 18.9 points, 11.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.6 blocks.

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