The Cleveland Cavaliers signed guard London Perrantes to a two-way contract on October 18th. Perrantes played collegiately at the University of Virginia for four years. He averaged 8.9 points, 4.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 138 games with Virginia. Perrantes is the first player in Virginia history win a game in the NCAA tournament in four straight years.
Perrantes went undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft. He made six starts in the Orlando Summer League for the Miami Heat averaging 10.8 points, 4.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds. San Antonio signed him to a training camp contract and he appeared in three preseason games before being cut on October 12th.
Perrantes is the starting point guard for the Cavaliers G-League affiliate Canton Charge. In his second game of the season against the Lakeland Magic he scored 20 points and dished out five assists. In his next game Perrantes suffered a concussion in the second quarter against Maine and went on to miss the next three games. Since returning from the concussion he is averaging 14.7 points and 8.8 assists.
On December 4th Perrantes tied the franchise record with 16 assists against Salt Lake City which was previously set by current Golden State point guard Quinn Cook on December 14th, 2016. Once again only four days later against Delaware Perrantes again dished out 16 assists in a 120-113 victory. He is averaging 13 assists over his past three games.
Watching Perrantes play you can see that he has picked up his aggressiveness in getting his teammates involved. I asked him what he has done differently in racking up the big assists numbers.
“Just being aggressive…looking for my shot opens it up for my teammates,” Perrantes said. “I’m not necessarily a selfish player so if someone tries to block my shot in the paint I’m definitely going to dump it off. Just being aggressive looking for myself just knowing it’s going to help our team.”
Perrantes improved play at the point has helped the Charge put together two wins in a row. His new aggressive mentality has helped make his teammates around him better. Overall on the season Perrantes is averaging 14.3 points, 6.9 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 33 minutes per game.
Perrantes will look to continue his improved and aggressive play on Wednesday when the Charge play host to the Grand Rapids Drive as they try to run their win streak to three games.