I was watching Byon Mullens and here are his stats:
Season /Team / G/ GS/MPG/ FG% /3p%/ FT% /OFF/ DEF/ Total/ APG/ SPG / BPG / TO / PF / PPG
- 09-10 / TUL/ 6 / 6 / 35.5/ .436 / .500/ .652 / 3.3 / 7.0 / 10.3 / 1.0 / 1.2 / 1.0 / 3.83 / 3.00/ 16.3
That being said, what is he missing that keeps him out of the NBA?
there is a huge gap between talent, mullens has a long way to go before doing that in the nba
He still is not shooting a great percentage and commits too many TOs for an athletic 7 footer in the D-league. He is still a ways away
the comp is a very very very big difference
Last season alone, 20 percent or approximately one in five of all NBA players on season ending rosters had experience in our league.
Competing with D-Leaguers, NCAA players and NBA players and the difference level is IQ and sometimes age that separates whether an NBA team will take a chance on you NBA or not.
that being said Byron Mullens will get his shot in the NBA soon enough
he is probably refining his skill set as we speak so that he can contribute more consistently
He should study Pau Gasol film
both have similar height and weights
also in the d-league u can see a player play out of position which may warp their stats,
also they play at a faster pace than the NBA
yeah and most of all talent
Usually the best players in the NBDL when they get called up are 9th-12th men on thier respective NBA rosters. Bill Walker is always at the top of the D-League stat leaders and is usually at the bottom of the bench for a very good team. I think the NBDL is a great thing for young players, some have gone on to play big roles on NBA teams, and I am a supporter, but as far as the overall talent of the D-League, of the guys who see legit playing time it is basically a league of 9th-15th men on NBA rosters. Texas, Kentucky, and KU have more NBA players on their rosters than a lot of D-League teams.
I am a huge fan of NBDL because it gives plenty of opportunity for players that are good but aren't that good enough to be in the NBA like Gerry McNamara and Carlos Wheeler, young players to develop in time like BJ Mullens and Marcus Williams (Arizona)... I actually have a team and its the Iowa Energy... I can't explain how it is very interesting on my part to see and watch the D-League... The talent level in the NBA is far from the D-League... But the D-League gives a lot of opportunities for other players to prove themselves... I hope the NBDL will expand to 30 teams with each NBA Team having its OWN affiliates rather than share it among other teams...