Hustle play first early afternoon game against Delaware following California trip

By Geoff Langham | November 30, 2017

America’s Got Talent semifinalists to perform at halftime

This Saturday, December 2, the Hustle return from a two-game set against the Agua Caliente Clippers to take on the Delaware 87ers in a noon tip-off at Landers Center. While the “Sevens” dropped their first eight contests, the team has rebounded to win its last two contests, including one against the defending NBA G League champion Raptors 905 on Saturday.

Fans will be treated at halftime to the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team, who were semifinalists on Season 8 of America’s Got Talent. A professional gymnastics troupe consisting of talented young men and boys from the Chicagoland area, their performance consists of acrobatic stunts, jump ropes and catapulting off mini trampolines.

Continuing this week, Hustle fans can fill up on the Hustle with the Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Deal, a special single game offer available at all Saturday home games where fans can receive a lower level ticket, a low-calorie Coke Zero and a Personal Pan Domino’s Pizza for one low price of $14.

Additionally, fans will be given pom-poms at the door and have the chance for select player autographs located in the concourse following the game. Tickets for Saturday’s game are still available starting at $10 and fans wishing to attend can purchase tickets at all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com, the Landers Center Box Office, online at MemphisHustle.com or by calling (901) 888-HOOP.

Hustle Stats to Watch

  • Youth Movement: The Memphis Hustle have a couple of the league’s more promising young players, with Kobi Simmons on a two-way with the Grizzlies and Ivan Rabb regularly on assignment this season. The two each rank in the Top 5 in scoring among players 21 or younger (min. 5 games played). Additionally, Rabb leads this group in rebounds (9.4) and free throw percentage (90.3) while Simmons leads in assists (4.0). Also, Rabb ranks third in blocks (1.9) and fourth in field goal percentage (59.5) while Simmons is second in steals (1.4). 20-year-old Chance Comanche leads the group in field goal percentage (81.8).
  • Mark His Production: Hustle starting point guard Marquis Teague has been productive across the board through four games this season, making himself one of two players in the NBA G League who are averaging at least 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists while shooting 50 percent from three-point range (Georges Niang, Santa Cruz). Teague has scored in double digits seven times, grabbed at least four rebounds in six games and dished at least five assists in seven games. Additionally, Teague ranks fifth in the league for three-point field goal percentage (.522).
  • Dusty Delivers: After playing sparingly through the first few games of the season, Dusty Hannahs has seen his production grow exponentially over the last three. The Arkansas product has scored in double figures in each of his last two games, including a 13-point effort (5-8 FG, 3-4 3P) in Memphis’ previous home game against Erie, and is averaging 9.0 points per game over his last four.
  • Opportunity Strikes: The Hustle rank in the Top 5 in both points in the paint (21.6 ppg; fourth), fastbreak points (21.6 ppg; fourth) and second chance points (15.9; tied for third). 

Familiar Faces

  • Hustle assistant coach Brett Burman was spent time with Sevens guard James Blackmon Jr. at Indiana University while Burman was director of operations.
  • Sevens forward Shane Edwards played two seasons (2007-09) at Arkansas-Little Rock.
  • Hustle guard Durand Scott and Sevens guard Jacob Pullen have both played for Italian club Enel Brindisi.