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2022-23 G League MVP Top 3 – Who Stands Above the Rest?

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The G League hosts incredible talent, but only 1 can be the MVP. Tommy Burch gives his top 3 candidates.

In a historic G League season, we have seen some of the best talent and future NBA stars compete. Unknown players and elite play has blessed the G League, and we sit and anxiously wait for more.

With such an incredible season, we have seen some of the best players in the G League’s history. However, only one can win the prestigious G League MVP. It is a tightly contested race, but one stands above the rest.

3. Sharife Cooper, G, Cleveland Charge

Many Cleveland fans think Cooper should be the No. 1 contender for the MVP, but he honestly does not deserve it right now. However, he deserves to be at the top of the conversation.

He leads the league in scoring with 26.2 points per game, and pairs it alongside 6 rebounds and 4 assists. He is the catalyst for the Charge’s 9-6 record and 6 seed in the East, but he is held back by his lack of consistency. He averages 44% from the field and 28% from three. He is incredible and is a human highlight reel, but his shooting percentages need to go up in order for him to win.

2. Carlik Jones, G, Windy City Bulls

Although the Bulls are not nearly as good as the Charge, Jones has what Cooper lacks. Jones was the leading scorer in the G League until last game, bringing him down to 25.9. However, he pairs this with 5 assists and 4.6 rebounds, putting him into a similar conversation.

What makes him elite is his shooting splits. Jones averages 53% from the field and 42% from three, about 10% above Cooper in each category. However, Cooper is a far superior free throw shooter, with 87% to Jones’ 78%.

1. Isaiah Mobley, F, Cleveland Charge

It may seem counter-productive to put the Cleveland Charge at both the 3 and 1 spots, but Mobley absolutely deserves to be No. 1. He is one of the most productive and unique players in the league, while also being one of the most efficient.

He is a multi-lever scorer at the forward position, sitting at a nice 6’8”. His stats are incomparable, scoring 23 points per game. He also manages almost 10 rebounds a game with 5 assists and 1.3 blocks.

His efficiency is incredible as well, averaging 53.5% from the field and 33.3% from the three-point range. His free throw percentage is not incredible at 72%, but that is quite good for his position.

He is most elite in home games, scoring 25.4 in 5 games in Cleveland with 1.6 blocks. During home games, he averages 57% from the field and 40% from three, and he averages 34.3 minutes per game at home compared to 36 away. The fact that he can statistically dominate in home games even when he receives fewer minutes shows how great he really is.

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