Every NBA team having its own NBADL team would be the best thing to ever happen to the league
David Stern said this was one of the leagues goals years ago, and I know it takes time to add teams through expansion but once this happens, the NBADL would really benefit.
-Teams would be more willing to send players down knowing they would be closer instead of having to travel to rejoin the team.
-NBADL teams wouldnt have to worry as much about losing a key player at random times throughout the season.(ask the Tulsa 66ers about that)
-Would help increase the number of call ups and getting the league and its players more attention.
-NBA teams being closer with their NBADL affiliates could make the league atleast a little more attractive when compared to going overseas
I think it would be a great decision, but the main thing I want to see is a salary increase for guy who aren't signed to an NBA team. D-League players whose rights aren't owned by a team only make 12,000-24-000 a year. I really don't think that it would be asking too much to increase those salaries to about 40,000-50,000 a year. I mean, who can live, much less support a family, on 12,000 a season? All that's doing is sending talented guys overseas, so that they can make six -- sometimes even seven -- figure salaries. Most NBA teams send a maximum of 3 players down to their D-League affiliates each season anyway, so more teams = more spots.
I am actually a big fan of the D-League, believe it or not... Putting 30 teams on the D-League would be one of the NBA's greatest achievements because it gives hope to some young talent who aren't ready to play in the NBA yet... I think it's pretty possible to have such program and I can see it happening in the future... Not to mention, the D-League also has a role in All-Star Weekend which is cool too... I used to see Jawad Williams play well in the D-League and he has benefited from that and now he has earned a roster spot so I think the D-League is very much helpful for the cause of the NBA...
The NBA could help in simple ways, like with NBATV. I hate that they show reruns of gametime and previous games all day instead of showing live NBADL games. They only show one a week on tuesdays and its pre recorded. I dont think they even showed a single game of the playoffs. The finals only came on versus at like 12 and 1 am eastern time
And OJJ maybe when they get the 30 teams, with the increased attendance games should have they can start to raise the players pay. Im pretty sure the NBA would definitely market the league more if it does last that long.
I agree with you 100%. I get sick of seeing gametime over and over again. I think they played more Euroleague games than D League games.
I think in theory it is good, but is there enough talent to have 30 teams in NBDL??? One thing is for sure if it is possible it would have to be a no more than 12 guys on a roster, not 15 like in the NBA. Personally I see it as an opportunity for guys on the border of the NBA given a legit shot to stay in the states rather than going overseas and having to wait to get rediscovered. Scouts aren't going to europe to look at undrafted players. I would like it, but it would have to be well thought out. I think the move would best benefit a lot of mid-major players because it will allow them to display to NBA coaches and GMs that just b/c they didn't play Major conference basketball doesn't mean they lack the talent to succeed in the NBA.
30 D-League teams is a TON of teams. I really like the idea though. IF every team had a D-league team then it wouldnt be a bad idea to have three rounds of drafts
I think having 30 d league to match the NBA teams is a good thing but the thing is most of the players that play in the D league that make 12 grand can still do other stuff when the season is over. The d league season is not that long plus it is spread up but you are right they need to a least make 20 grand. I think if a person is good with money they can live off of 35 -40 grand a year with a family pretty comfortable. obvious if you trying to be a baller at 20 grand it will be tough. On the down time they you will just to make that money somewhere. A lot of guys are getting called up though so those guys at least come out doing pretty good. The D league is a step above college so it is not like it so terrible. you have to think with guys playing mainly for a NBA contract and knowing more than likely they will be role players in the NBA not stars, guys are playing harder and trying to make plays outside of just scoring.
For anybody thats a fan of the NBADL or just wants to keep up with it
Its better than the leagues official site
I check that website out everyday, more for the workout page update than the NBDL articles.
Having a D-League team for every NBA team is a great idea, but financially, it is years away from happening.
30 teams is alot of teams, im not saying its not a good idea but lets get 15 teams so each team in the nba can have 6 spots on a team. teams like houston and sa can have 1 team., the lakers and clippers 1, etc. i mean 360 d league players is alot. how many do you think have a chance to be nba players? i would say maybe 60 to 75. so lets try 15 teams with 6 spots on each team for every nba team. see how that works and go from there.
D-League games are super boring to me in its current state. I hate watching them. It's like watching Summer League games, but without any guys that are truly worth watching that closely. EuroLeague games are much better.
Anyway, I think that it would be good for player development if it were used correctly. Unfortunately, the D-League isn't as good for development as it's needed to be. The vast majority of the guys use the D-League as a chance to pad stats and to finally get to play more, and rarely look to do what they were sent to the D-League to do in the 1st place: improve upon their weaknesses. It would be good, but only if teams: paid players more (as a way to be more competitive getting potential overseas guys to play in the NBDL; thereby increasing the talent level and filling roster spots), actually had good coaching to make guys improve upon their weak points, and had enough revenue to provide stadiums for teams to play games in.