The season may not have ended with another playoff run, but it was full throughout of young, surging talent who showed their NBA level skills while representing the Wine & Gold. Let’s take a look back at some of the best plays from your Canton Charge in 2017-18:
John Holland has been known to Canton fans for his three ball and clutch shooting in crunch time, but this early season move showed just how far he’s come athletically with the hard work he put in the gym last offseason. Using his strength and body with the dribble, John made this move look like a cruise through the pregame layup line.
This play was a microcosm of Marcus’s game: He flat out gets buckets. Here he used his ball handling acumen to give him the minimal amount of breathing room required to get off his lethal jumper. This February loss for the Charge still led to a series of wins for MT, who was named to Team USA two weeks later followed the next day by an NBA call-up from our very own Cleveland Cavaliers.
Isaac Hamilton had his coming out game as a pro in the first of two Lone Star State moments on this list. The UCLA product had 14 of his then season-high 21 points in the second half, punctuated by his now signature teardrop move that would send the game into overtime.
As one of four NBA clubs without its own G League affiliate in 2017-18, the Portland Trail Blazers had nowhere of their own to send their 26th overall selection in the NBA Draft. They entrusted Nate Reinking and his staff off of their reputation for gold standard player development to work with Purdue C Caleb Swanigan for 15 games. “Biggie” capped off one of his nine double-doubles with this tip in to steal a road victory in Erie.
Another play on the list that was a reflection of the playmaker himself. JaCorey Williams was a high flyer with handles who lived around the rim with or without the ball. Here he is during this year’s Showcase making a run in transition while moving like a guard and finishing like a boss.
Charge Nation didn’t get much time with Grant Jerrett in 2016-17 because of a big payday overseas, but they were lucky he returned this year to dazzle with his inside/outside game. This was one of those inside times… where he crushed the defender on a fast break facial that got the packed Civic Center out of their seats.
The development of Ante Zizic in Canton was one of the hallmark stories of success for the 2017-18 Charge. The big man was able to get a high volume of game minutes in Canton to familiarize himself with the system and sharpen his moves he was working on in Cleveland with Vitaly Potapenko. In this home win over Westchester in February, Ante showed just how far he had come along in a 21 point and 18 rebound affair.
G Bev has quickly made himself a Charge Nation favorite in his two seasons with the club thanks in part to his combination of a Greek god physique with a boyish smile. He put the former to use against the lethal Vipers by skying up for the game-winning putback. Yes, Mr. Announcer, the game was indeed over.
Dutch returns with the icing on the cake of the top individual performance of the Charge season. This game-winning triple was the last of countless daggers he dropped in this early season OT win in Maine. Make sure you run back the whole video for the complete 43-point barrage after hearing the road crowd deflate one last time.
We’re capping this off with the one that made national headlines on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays… for good reason – It was basketball poetry in motion: JaCorey with a full head of steam, Isaac gracefully laying off the backboard and the whole build up to watching the poor Maine defender have the sky fall down on him.