LONG ISLAND (April 11, 2022) – The NBA G League announced today that Long Island Nets guard Craig Randall II was named the 2021-22 Kia NBA G League Most Improved Player. The award honors the player who demonstrates the most significant improvement during the season and was voted on by NBA G League head coaches and general managers. Randall II is the first player in Nets history to earn the award.
In 27 regular season games with Long Island this season (all starts), Randall II posted averages of 26.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.2 steals in 40.8 minutes per game while shooting 42.5 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from 3-point range and 78.0 percent from the free-throw line. He led the NBA G League in 3-pointers made (132) and ranked second in the league in points per game. Randall II also finished second in voting for the 2021-22 Kia NBA G League Rookie of the Year Award.
The 25-year-old was originally acquired by the Nets after participating in the team’s annual local player tryouts and was named the NBA G League Player of the Month for games played in February, becoming the first local tryout player in the NBA G League to receive the honor and the first in franchise history. Earlier in the regular season, Randall II received NBA G League Player of the Week recognition for games played from Jan. 5 to Jan. 9 after scoring 40 points against College Park on Jan. 5 and 44 points against Greensboro on Jan. 7, becoming the first player in franchise history to score 40 or more points in consecutive games. The Youngstown, Ohio, native also averaged 11.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 28.1 minutes per game over 14 appearances (eight starts) with Long Island during the 2021 NBA G League Showcase Cup.
About the Long Island Nets
The Long Island Nets are the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets. The team was founded ahead of the 2016-17 season and plays its home games at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. Following a record-setting 2018-19 season, Long Island made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, won the Eastern Conference Championship and reached the NBA G League Finals. For more information, please visit longislandnets.com and follow @longislandnets on Twitter and Instagram.
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