D league and leaving early
i feel like leaving early is becoming a crap shoot these days because it seems like a lot of rookies end up in the dleague. i mean terrence jones was in there for a little bit this year wasnt he?(he may still be i havnt been keeping up) i just feel like unless you know your going in the lottery it is very easy to be assigned to a dleague team and i dont understand. i would think that at least everybody in the 1st round would just stay on their nba roster
It is better to get in the playing time in the D-League than sitting on the bench. You are still paid your NBA salary even if you assigned to it. And you get to go there, run practices (which lots of NBA veterans have little interest in doing this late in the season as they are trying to recover for the playoffs) and get into games and have plays called for you. You shouldn't feel bad about being assigned to the D-League as an NBA player. It is often a good opportunity.
your absolutely right and i see your points but isnt that what college is for? I would rather stay an extra year in college than to flip flop around back and forth from the dleague to the nba never being sure where i stand
IMO guys who get sent down to the dleague arnt fully nba ready. so whats the point of leaving school? i guess this is just another reason why all of the analysts say they wish kids stayed in college longer
Speaking of leaving early and playing in the D League, I saw and spoke with former UCLA Bruins Anthony Stover and Reeves Nelson last night at a music venue I work at in west hollywood. They are both playing for the LA Defenders at the moment but Stover has a stress fracture in his foot. Both of them were dismissed from UCLA and didn't really leave early on the their own terms.
Side note: Reeves was not nearly as big and intimidating as I thought he would be.
There is no shame in going to the NBDL. OKC is competing for a championship. Are they going to trust Jeremy Lamb? No. It doesn't mean he cannot play, it means that the learning curve for someone to get into a contending rotation is much greater. MarShon Brooks did fine playing no intensity losing basketball last year with the Nets, but the team got serious and now he is just another guy. On a team with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, and Gerald Wallace, a ball dominant 2-guard with limited range who plays no defense is far less valuable. It is a tougher standard for him now. If a team is going to try to develop young players while competing, there aren't a ton of options and D-League assignments are one of the better ones.