Will Weaver Named NBA G League Coach of the Year & Trajan Langdon Selected as NBA G League Basketball Executive of the Year
LONG ISLAND - The NBA G League announced today that Long Island Nets head coach Will Weaver was named the 2018-19 NBA G League Coach of the Year and Long Island Nets general manager Trajan Langdon was named the 2018-19 NBA G League Basketball Executive of the Year. Weaver was selected for the honor in a vote by NBA G League head coaches and general managers, while Langdon was chosen for the award by his fellow NBA G League basketball executives. Both honors mark the first in franchise history.
Weaver is in his first season with Long Island after spending the previous two seasons on the Brooklyn Nets' staff as special assistant to head coach Kenny Atkinson. Weaver led Long Island to a 34-16 record in the regular season, which tied for the best record in the NBA G League. The team also led the Eastern Conference, won the Atlantic Division and clinched a playoff berth for the first time in franchise history. Long Island finished the regular season ranked first in the league in points per game (117.7), first in rebounds per game (53.9), third in assists per game (26.5), second in plus/minus (+4.1) and fifth in free throw percentage (77.5 percent). Weaver was also recognized as the NBA G League Coach of the Month for March after leading the Nets to a 9-1 record to close out the regular season. The honor was the first in Long Island history.
Langdon is in his third season as Long Island's general manager and also serves as assistant general manager of the Brooklyn Nets, a position he has held since March 2016. Under Langdon's direction, Long Island had two players, Mitch Creek and Tahjere McCall, earn NBA call-ups to the Brooklyn Nets this season, and a total of five players have received NBA call-ups throughout Langdon's three seasons with the Nets organization.
Both Weaver and Langdon oversaw the assignment of eight current Brooklyn Nets players who appeared in games and participated in practices with the Long Island Nets this season, including Dzanan Musa, the 29th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. In 36 games on assignment with Long Island this season, Musa averaged 19.5 points per game, which tied for 15th in the NBA G League.
Weaver and Langdon have also played key roles in the development of the Nets' two-way players, Theo Pinson and Alan Williams, who both earned Midseason All-NBA G League honors for their play with Long Island this season. Pinson averaged 20.7 points, a team-high 6.1 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game in 34 games with Long Island in the 2018-19 campaign. He led the Nets in scoring and ranked 12th in points per game in the NBA G League. Williams averaged 19.8 points and a team-high 12.9 rebounds per game in 41 games with Long Island during the regular season. He ranked third in the NBA G League in both double-doubles (31) and rebounds per game and ranked 13th in points per game. Williams also earned NBA G League Player of the Week honors on March 11, with the accolade marking the first of his career and just the second in Long Island Nets history.
Weaver and Langdon will be presented with their respective awards tonight before Long Island hosts Raptors 905 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals at 7 p.m. at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
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