Mangok Mathiang had been settling with the Greensboro Swarm when he received an unexpected call-up by the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.
Comprising one of the two two-way contracts owned by the Charlotte Hornets for the 2017-18 NBA season, Mangok Mathiang has gotten into a groove in the G-League (Gatorade League), the league’s developmental league.
Mathiang has been doing quite well as a professional with the Greensboro Swarm, the Hornets’ farm team affiliate. He is averaging just shy of a double-double with 9.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in the minor league. That is not all, as Mangok is producing 1.1 assists per contest and nearly one steal and one block to accompany his nightly production.
In professional sports, injury can spell doom at any given moment. Unfortunatley for the Hornets, they have simultaneously lost Cody Zeller, a former Indiana Hoosier, and Frank Kaminsky, formerly of the Wisconsin Badgers.
Zeller and Kaminsky are two key frontcourt players for the Charlotte Hornets. Combined, the two big men consume greater than 40 minutes per game at the center and power forward positions.
Though the Hornets have a popular name in Dwight Howard on the squad, their frontcourt has quickly become depleted. This is a prime example why two-way contracts are a nice amenity for NBA teams.
In this time of desperation, the Charlotte Hornets have recalled one of their two-way prospects — Mangok Mathiang — to serve as frontcourt insurance.
— Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) December 8, 2017
It is not a guarantee Mathiang will see minutes with the Charlotte Hornets, but he is a serviceable big man that can make a defensive impact in spot minutes. This is a valuable opportunity to gain additional regular season NBA experience for Mangok.
He began the new season with the Hornets and logged a sum of three minutes in one total contest. Perhaps this is the break Double-M needs to jumpstart his career post-Louisville.
With Mangok Mathiang officially traveling with the Hornets again, this brings the total number of ex-Cards in the NBA back to five.