The Memphis Hustle will begin the 2018-19 season with a two-game road trip, taking on the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Saturday, November 3 at 7 p.m. and the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Monday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m. Grizzlies guard Jevon Carter will join the team on assignment. Saturday’s game will mark the debut of new head coach Brad Jones.
These organizations were no stranger to Memphis last season, with the Hustle taking on each team on four occasions last year.
RGV took the season series 3-1 last year, but the story last season was offense between these teams. In four games, the average score was 139.5-130.3. The Vipers will once again have Rockets assignee Zhou Qi, who played in three of the meetings last season and scored 21 points to go with nine rebounds in the meeting on January 6, 2018.
The Hustle split last season’s meetings with Sioux Falls 2-2, including a Christmas Day rout (131-115) of the Skyforce on the road to spoil the team’s holiday tradition. Sioux Falls has several big names on their roster, including NBA veteran DeAndre Liggins and multiple players (Rodney Purvis, Raphiael Putney) who gave last year’s team trouble on occasion. One of those being former Grizzlies guard Briante Weber, who beat the team at the buzzer on November 10, 2017 as a member of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Fans who want to support the Memphis Hustle by purchasing 2018/19 Season Tickets can do so by calling (901) 888-HOOP and pressing 6. Season Ticket Packages start at just $10 per game and include multiple Season Ticket Member benefits including discounts on gear and merchandise, playoff ticket priority for both the Memphis Hustle and Memphis Grizzlies, invitations to select Grizzlies games during the 2018/19 season and more. Single Game Tickets are now available for all games at all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com, the Landers Center Box Office, online at memphishustle.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000 (TM Charge-By-Phone) or (901) 888-HOOP and pressing 6.
Hustle Stats to Watch
- Dusty Buckets: The lone returnee for this season’s Hustle, Dusty Hannahs was the only player in the NBA G League last season to shoot at least 44 percent from three-point range and 90 percent from the three-point line (min. 15 games played).
- International Love: The Hustle rosters features six players who have played in 14 different countries.
- Hustle guard/forward D.J. Stephens and Vipers guard Angel Rodriguez have both spent time with Puerto Rico’s Vaqueros de Bayamon.
- Hustle basketball operations assistant Wade Langlois and Vipers guard Brandon Sampson both attended LSU.
- Vipers guard Michael Frazier played on the Iowa Energy with Stephens during the 2015-16 season.
- Grizzlies assignee Jevon Carter and Vipers guard DeAngelo Isby are both from the Chicagoland area.
- Skyforce guard Briante Weber has had two stints on the Grizzlies roster, coming in the 2015-16 season and the 2017-18 season.