Since being sent down to the D-league on November 16, Gani Lawal has appeared in seven games for the Iowa Energy, who have the best record in the league at 7-1.
Lawal hasn’t started a contest and is logging 21 minutes a game. The 6-9 power forward is averaging 11.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 0.9 blocks a game on 49-percent shooting from the floor.
The area Lawal is looking to improve on is his mid-range jumper. Currently, he is only shooting 59 percent from the line and doesn’t have much range outside of the paint.
Although the former Georgia Tech star hasn’t started, he’s posted some impressive numbers in this time in Iowa. Lawal’s best all-around contest was a 22-point, 12-rebound, two-block performance in his debut, although he scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds in a loss to Tulsa on November 27.
In addition to the Energy’s coaching staff, Mercury Head Coach and former NBA player Corey Gaines traveled with Lawal to Iowa to assist in his development. Besides Lawal, Gaines has also worked with many of the other Suns’ players this season.
Lawal’s next contest is against New Mexico on Friday.