When people think basketball they think the NBA. Why would you think of anything else? Perhaps one might say College Basketball but that really doesn’t garner national attention until March Madness. As certain as the sun rises each morning, when you say basketball people think NBA, never does anyone say “Oh you mean like the D-League?”
Say what? The D-League? Is that like the D-List in Hollywood?
It’d be the same as someone saying baseball and thinking of AAA ball before nationally televised, networked and reported Major League Baseball. But that’s exactly what the D-League is. In fact, D-League is lazy and almost derogatory, so from now on lets refer to it by it’s real name, the Developmental League.
What is the Developmental League?
The NBA’s Developmental League acts as pretty much a minor league system for basketball. In fact by the end of the 2008-09 season, at least 20% of the current NBA players had spent some time in the Developmental League. And with those odds, chances are there are a few players right now, playing in the Developmental League, that will someday play on an NBA roster.
Each week I will be spotlighting one or two players in the Developmental League that are shining and may play in the NBA. The turnover rate isn’t nearly as quick or plentiful as the MLB, but there are a few gems waiting in the ranks, and even if they don’t flourish into NBA superstars, or even flourish into the NBA, their week of hard work and determination will get some love right here. Who knows? Maybe I’ll spotlight the next NBA Superstar. I wonder if I can get a percentage of his paycheck then.