The NBA’s G League Winter Showcase happens every year right before Christmas, putting on display the top talent from the developmental league with all 30 NBA teams sending scouts to spot the next potential call up.
This season marked the 16th year of the annual showcase, which is highlighted by 24 games in just four total days down in Las Vegas. Sacramento Kings forward Wenyen Gabriel has been a member of the organization since they signed him to a two-way deal back in late July of 2018. The front office has since agreed to bring him on with a standard contract prior to the beginning of this season. Over his two years with Sacramento, Gabriel has constantly bounced up and down from the G League to the NBA.
As of Sunday, the one-time Kentucky Wildcat is back in the pros after the Kings called him up following an impressive outing at the G League Showcase.
The Kings have recalled both Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan from the Stockton Kings.
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) December 22, 2019
In two games for Sacramento’s G League affiliate – the Stockton Kings – Gabriel was a major factor in securing a pair of wins this past Thursday and Saturday.
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— Stockton Kings (@StocktonKings) December 20, 2019
Coming off the bench in both outings, he posted 16 points and 16 rebounds with three blocks over 35 minutes in his first appearance. Just two days later, Gabriel went for 20 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. He shot a combined 13-24 from the field over the course of both games and hit three shots from beyond the arc.
— NBA G League (@nbagleague) December 21, 2019
Gabriel has been moving between the G League and the NBA for a good chunk of the season already but hasn’t played for the Sacramento Kings since Nov. 22. In seven total games for Sacramento this year, Gabriel is averaging 2.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in under seven minutes per outing.
Coincidentally, Gabriel is teammates on the Stockton Kings with another former ‘Cat, Tyler Ulis. However, the one-time Kentucky point guard played in just the first game for only eight minutes and did not make an appearence in the second game.
The Sacramento Kings recently brought back De’Aaron Fox from a sprained ankle that kept him out for 17 games. The team has gone 0-3 in the games since Fox’s return and currently hold a 12-17 overall record – ninth-best in the Western Conference.