The Oklahoma City Thunder made it official today that they have signed Josh Hall to a two-way contract. Hall presents an interesting option for Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault and company in the 2020-21 season. One huge advantage in this season, as rules begin to change, is the fact that Josh Hall can practice with this team in the regular season.
A two-way contract allows a player to go back and forth from the G-League to the NBA. In past seasons, two-way players could only spend 45 Days with their Big league club. That meant each practice would count as a day, which would discourage NBA teams from letting them practice, which would waste a day of their contract. Instead, they would have to do heavy film study and hope for the best when they finally got into varsity action.
Now, the uncertainty of COVID and which players will and will not be available at any given time has forced the league to change the Two-way rules a little bit. Instead of 45 Days, a player now gets 50 Games leaving the door open to continue to practice with the team.
Josh Hall will need to take advantage of every practice opportunity that he gets, a luxury that two-way breakout star Lu Dort did not have a year ago. Hall though could be on the same trajectory.
Josh Hall is a 20-year-old wing who went undrafted this season after electing to forego college despite being a 5-star recruit that at one time was committed to North Carolina State. He is a crazy athlete at 6’9 190 with first-round talent.
In fact, Hall’s father Quincy heard Josh could be drafted as high as 19 ahead of Draft night. Quincy Hall also said that “OKC has been there for a minute.”
The 20-year-old has a very repeatable and quick release with the ability to knock down shots from beyond to arc. One of the most important traits he has is the ability to switch defensively with his frame. Thunder bench boss Mark Daigneault has talked at length throughout training camp about going position-less, switching everything, running up-tempo, and that perfectly fits Josh Hall’s playstyle.
Not only can Hall switch, but he is an above-average ball-handler at his size and an above-average playmaker with his shooting stroke and ability to slash he could be a real force in the NBA. Of course, it is important to remember just how raw of a prospect Josh Hall could be to start his NBA career. Coming into the league with only High School/Prep School experience.
Hall’s story is very reminiscent of Lu Dort, two first-round talents that went undrafted who OKC monitored closely throughout the draft process. No one wants to let the recent success of Lu Dort cloud just how hard it is to hit on these two-way prospects.
Still though, even without looking through my blue and orange lens glasses, Josh Hall has all the tools to be an NBA player and by far the best shot to make himself a legit player in this league of any two-way guys.