View Full Version : NBA Lockout Could Lead To Interesting Training Camp Rosters

10-17-2011, 11:11 AM
Since there has been quite a bit of data accumulated during my research, this is going to turn into a series of posts throughout the week (or the next few weeks, and maybe months, if the lockout persists). For this post, I've just decided to look at the basics gleaned from the 1998-99 rosters. NBA teams were allowed to begin signing players on January 21, 1999, with the NBA season officially beginning February 5, 1999.

•Between those two dates, 176 players (by my count) were signed to populate NBA training camps in hopes of making NBA rosters for the remainder of the season.

•Of those 176 players, 61 ended the previous season on an NBA roster, including such luminaries as God Shammgod, Oliver Miller, Jamie Feick and Rick Brunson.

•44 of the training camp invites played abroad during the prior season including Thurl Bailey, Fred Vinson and Stacey King.

•27 of the players making up training camp rosters were undrafted rookies like Earl Boykins, Anthony Carter and Brad Miller.

•39 of the players were playing in either the CBA or IBA -- the two minor leagues at the time -- including Stephen Jackson, Adrian Griffin, Mikki Moore, Moochie Norris, Jeff McInnis and Troy Hudson.

•The remaining five players didn't play basketball during the 1997-98 season as far as I can tell, though for varying reasons: Percy Miller apparently picked up the game that year after previously being best known as rapper Master P; Dwayne Schintzius, he of the golden locks, sat out that season with an ankle injury; and Mark Randall returned from a brief retirement. I haven't the slightest idea what Jerald Reiner and Jason Wallace did that season.


Really started to think about this option after seeing how few Free Agents were actually available, and NBA teams will definetly need to find guys to fill out their roster. With no Summer League & many American players signing in Europe for this upcoming season, it'll be tougher to put together a team.

There is a great opportunity here for a lot of guys who basically are unknowns to get into a training camp and potentially make a NBA roster.

10-17-2011, 03:23 PM
I'm getting an agent! time to join the NBA boys, because they need players!

10-17-2011, 03:27 PM
Can't teams hire scabs to fill the rosters with the agreement that the minute the lockout ends, they are off the team? Just give them a chance to make the squad during the new training camp.

You might see a team like the Suns or Kings win a title. I could care less how it's done, it would count on the book though :)

10-17-2011, 07:02 PM
I'm getting an agent! time to join the NBA boys, because they need players!

D-League teams are holding tryouts.

Unfortunately most of these tryouts are in the middle of nowhere places like New Mexico & North Dakota that cost to travel to. If they did them in major markets they'd actually be able to find some good talent with the number of guys coming out for them.

What is there to lose with trying out? :confused: