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Blue Coats Watch: Terquavion Smith, Darius Bazley dominate vs. Texas Legends

Our weekly check-in down in Delaware tracks a big recent Blue Coats performance.

2023 G League Winter Showcase - Texas Legends v Delaware Blue Coats Photo by Phelan M. Ebenhack/NBAE via Getty Images

The Delaware Blue Coats won their most recent game against the Texas Legends, advancing to 9-6 on the season — good enough for third in the East Showcase Cup standings.

The Winter Cup Showcase is officially here, so let’s take a look at which Blue Coats have heated up over their recent games.

Terquavion Smith excelling as a sixth man

The Delaware Blue Coats have exclusively used Terquavion Smith as their sixth man, providing a scoring punch off the bench. The Sixers’ two-way player is coming off his best G League performance yet, scoring 40 points on 52.1 percent shooting in only 36 minutes of play.

Much like other young guards, Smith has encountered challenges in maintaining consistency, reflected in his 39.9% field goal percentage for the year. If this scorching performance is any indication, Smith appears poised for numerous big-time performances in the future.

Darius Bazley didn’t waste time making an impact

The Delaware Blue Coats recently traded for Darius Bazley in exchange for a future G League draft pick. It’s still early, but it’s clear why the Coats felt like the former first-round draft pick is worth a roster spot.

Bazley has primarily played like an undersized big with huge success early on. Matching up against our former friend Tony Bradley, he amassed a total statline of 43 points, 18 rebounds, three steals and six blocks. He shot 62.5 percent from the field and made five of his 11 three-point attempts.

Believe it or not, Bazley is only 23 years old. In theory, he fits the mold of a player most teams would want on a roster; a lengthy, athletic wing that’s capable of doing a little bit of everything. His shot (or lack there of) will likely make or break a potential NBA comeback, but keeping him close to the Sixers’ eyes seems like a wise decision.

Ricky Council IV continues to shoot the ball well

In our first check-in, Ricky Council IV was shooting the ball decent enough at an average clip. Since then he’s only gotten better, with his three-point percentage creeping up to 40.2 percent on 6.1 attempts per game. His free throw percentage — which is typically a good indicator of where a player’s shot is — is 76.8 percent.

We’ve seen below-average shooters shoot well in the G League (Paul Reed being a recent example), but I would argue that Council’s success is somewhat real. He looks confident shooting the basketball, and his shot looks better than it did during college.

Time will tell if Council’s shooting success is legit, but the early results look good.

Terquavion Smith, Darius Bazley and Ricky Council IV tip off their next game Dec. 27 against the Captial City Go-Go at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcasted on DETV Channel 28, along with ESPN+.

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