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sunsfan88
01-13-2014, 05:56 AM
Has any rookie or sophomore player ever been send to the D league & came back as a star or even borderline star caliber player?

People say that rookies or sophomores should go to the D league and can get minutes there so they can come back and fulful their potential as a star or close to that.....but that never happens so why expect it?

Seems like any time a team sends a player to the D league, its basically like saying "Ok, your NBA career is likely over but if it isn't, at best you will be a role player that's it".

Just seems to me like if you can't find minutes on a team or you can't play well when given minutes, chances are that you aren't going to succeed all that well in the NBA. Of course there are some exceptions such as Eric Bledsoe, Derrick Favors, Miles Plumlee, Enes Kanter etc but even those guys played well for the most part when given minutes.

-Kobe24-TJ19-
01-13-2014, 07:17 AM
You forgot Jeremy Lin

NYKNYGNYY
01-13-2014, 08:07 AM
Yup j Lin

MonroeFAN
01-13-2014, 09:04 AM
What was Michael Redd's situation?

Edit: nevermind. For whatever reason I remember him coming out of nowhere, but I didn't think he was a rookie or young player.

Sly Guy
01-13-2014, 09:53 AM
considering how long the d-league has been around, I think this question would be more about projecting a player's ceiling than already a star. And I think Jeremy Lamb could be one.

Goose17
01-13-2014, 12:42 PM
A star? Not many, Lin was mentioned.

But plenty of people come back as great role players or good quality starters. Shaun Livingston, Gerald Green, Danny Green, Chris Andersen, C.J Watson, Alonzo Gee, Steve Novak and John Lucas all come to mind. I'm sure there's been more though.

KniCks4LiFe
01-13-2014, 12:48 PM
Jeremy Lin
Danny Green
Gerald Green
Shaun Livingston
Avery Bradley


I think Seth Curry will be the next to pop from there. After the deadline and some team takes a chance on him.

JasonJohnHorn
01-13-2014, 01:35 PM
The D-League has only been in existence for a handful of seasons. Stephen Jackson played in the CBA (which was an unofficial equivalent to the D-League).

It will happen from time to time, but I don't expect it to happen often because if there is potential, then teams in the NBA will play a guy during garbage minutes to help him develop and use him in team practice. That way the coaching staff can mould him into the player they want.

KniCks4LiFe
01-13-2014, 01:39 PM
Terrance Jones was also in the D-league now that I remember
Another guy who was great to watch ball was Kalenna Azabuike

D.O.N.
01-13-2014, 02:36 PM
players with star potential usually end up with teams where the'll get the playing time anyway, so the dleague rarely becomes an option.

as far as role players/carrer starters/6th mans, theres lots of examples, since the dleague has been founded (2001)

Wikipedia:


Successful NBA call-ups

Many former NBA draftees, waived players and undrafted players have played in the NBA D-League. Some of the called-up D-League players that went on to have successful NBA careers include Rafer Alston, Louis Amundson, Chris Andersen, Kelenna Azubuike, Matt Barnes, Devin Brown, Will Bynum, Matt Carroll, Eddie Gill, Stephen Graham, Jason Hart, Chuck Hayes, Anthony Johnson, Dahntay Jones, Jamario Moon, Mikki Moore, Smush Parker, Bobby Simmons, Ime Udoka, Von Wafer, C. J. Watson, and Mike Wilks.[17] Aside from these players, there are several successful NBA players who were assigned to the D-League in their first and second season, such as Josť Juan Barea, Brandon Bass, Andray Blatche, Avery Bradley, Aaron Brooks, Jordan Farmar, Shannon Brown, Marcin Gortat, Ramon Sessions, Jeremy Lin, Danny Green and Martell Webster.[18]

Goose17
01-13-2014, 04:55 PM
The D-League has only been in existence for a handful of seasons. Stephen Jackson played in the CBA (which was an unofficial equivalent to the D-League).


Very good point^ if you include the CBA as well the list is far more extensive.

dodgersuck
01-13-2014, 05:06 PM
Jamario Mother****ing Moon!

slaker619
01-13-2014, 05:27 PM
JJ Hickson, he playing great now

-Kobe24-TJ19-
01-13-2014, 06:47 PM
Kendall Marshall might break out

CityofChaos
01-13-2014, 07:07 PM
Lou Williams

3RDASYSTEM
01-13-2014, 07:28 PM
Has any rookie or sophomore player ever been send to the D league & came back as a star or even borderline star caliber player?

People say that rookies or sophomores should go to the D league and can get minutes there so they can come back and fulful their potential as a star or close to that.....but that never happens so why expect it?

Seems like any time a team sends a player to the D league, its basically like saying "Ok, your NBA career is likely over but if it isn't, at best you will be a role player that's it".

Just seems to me like if you can't find minutes on a team or you can't play well when given minutes, chances are that you aren't going to succeed all that well in the NBA. Of course there are some exceptions such as Eric Bledsoe, Derrick Favors, Miles Plumlee, Enes Kanter etc but even those guys played well for the most part when given minutes.

game is game, if you are sent to d league then that pretty much says it all, hell to me sitting on the bench for 3yrs and then starting 4th season like kobe bean did is pretty underrated because had he played in a Utah/Denver type market he would be basically a CARMELO/GERVIN, a damn good lethal scorer who shot a lot with no rings but a bunch of points to show for and was a backup then turned full time starter, to now one of the best 10 players to ever do it(pure comedy)

maybe LIN can crack the best 100 ever if he keeps his 'development' up like bean Bryant did, he has the work ethic and passion right since he was a d leaguer/nba bench warmer at one time or another

example for d league is LIN, look at how LINSANITY almost made people forget he was playing in a system built for stats and now he is in HOUSTON looking like the guy who got hot and was a d leaguer turned starter

nothing special nothing horrible, just a avg to at best a 'good' player

nobody is going to find minutes, either you are good enough by a large margin or you get politics on your side and have a dad who coaches in the league or something of that nature and you get forced minutes rather you suck or not

MrfadeawayJB
01-13-2014, 09:54 PM
Gary Neal was in the Dleague and then became a heavy contributor for the spurs.


James Johnson went from d-league star to starting for the grizz. He's a rotation player now but consistently gets more mins than the aged tayshaun prince

sunsfan88
01-14-2014, 01:00 AM
Jeremy Lin
Danny Green
Gerald Green
Shaun Livingston
Avery Bradley


I think Seth Curry will be the next to pop from there. After the deadline and some team takes a chance on him.

Yea but those are all role players. None of them are really stars.

lol, please
01-14-2014, 01:14 AM
There will be one out of the Warriors in the near future. Enter Nedovic. Heard it hear first folks.

NBA_Starter
01-14-2014, 11:04 PM
Not that I can remember.

IndyRealist
01-14-2014, 11:18 PM
If it existed at the time, Chauncey Billups probably would have been assigned to the D-League.

QueensG_718
01-14-2014, 11:19 PM
J Lin during linsanity

J Falk
01-16-2014, 09:16 AM
I think James Johnson could be the best out of all the players that came back strong after going to the d league.

Being a grizzlies fan I get to see him play a lot. He's crazy athletic. Got 6 blocks last night against Milwaukee. Dunks on everyone. Can knock down the 3. He's 6'9 245. I'm extremely excited about him. Diamond in the rough for sure.

bholly
01-16-2014, 10:17 AM
Has any rookie or sophomore player ever been send to the D league & came back as a star or even borderline star caliber player?

People say that rookies or sophomores should go to the D league and can get minutes there so they can come back and fulful their potential as a star or close to that.....but that never happens so why expect it?


Yea but those are all role players. None of them are really stars.

Can you point to an example of someone saying a player should go down and come back a star? As far as I've seen, it's always that an awful or out-of-practice player should go down in hopes of becoming a contributor or a rotation guy. I've never heard someone suggest sending someone down to become a star.

Tony_Starks
01-16-2014, 10:58 AM
More teams should take advantage of the d league. It's like when they had the CBA Pat Riley was famous for getting guys from there and making them heavy rotation players...

mightybosstone
01-16-2014, 11:06 AM
I'd defer to the list from the poster who copy and pasted from Wikipedia, but it's pretty clear that there have been a lot of really good NBA players who played in the D-League at some point in their careers. One Rocket I've already seen mentioned who spent a good deal of his team in the D-League last season is Terrence Jones. Now the guy is averaging 12/8/2/1 as a starter this season as a 22-year-old sophomore with huge potential.

But if it hasn't happened already, I definitely think we'll eventually see a former D-League player make an All-Star game at some point. It's easy to forget, but a lot of guys entering the NBA today are only 19 or 20 years old. That's asking a lot for them to step up and contribute from day one. And a lot of the guys in the D-League are there because there's a log jam at a particular position (like in Jones' case).

sunsfan88
01-16-2014, 10:19 PM
Can you point to an example of someone saying a player should go down and come back a star? As far as I've seen, it's always that an awful or out-of-practice player should go down in hopes of becoming a contributor or a rotation guy. I've never heard someone suggest sending someone down to become a star.
No that's not what I'm saying. I'm saying when a team sends a highly drafted rookie to the D League. For example, when the Cavs drafted Bennett at #1, I bet they assumed that he would be a superstar or at least an All Star eventually right? And yet its for him to get time in the NBA and it looks like he isn't ready for the NBA game quite yet...and there's talks about sending him to the D league to help develop. But wouldn't sending him to the D league eliminate the chances of him meeting the all star or superstar expectations of the Cavs FO when they drafted him?

KniCks4LiFe
01-16-2014, 10:50 PM
Yea but those are all role players. None of them are really stars.

Jeremy Lin is a star. People just don't see it b/c he just plays in a system that limits his shot attempts and features James Harden + Dwight Howard mainly.

bholly
01-16-2014, 11:47 PM
No that's not what I'm saying. I'm saying when a team sends a highly drafted rookie to the D League. For example, when the Cavs drafted Bennett at #1, I bet they assumed that he would be a superstar or at least an All Star eventually right? And yet its for him to get time in the NBA and it looks like he isn't ready for the NBA game quite yet...and there's talks about sending him to the D league to help develop. But wouldn't sending him to the D league eliminate the chances of him meeting the all star or superstar expectations of the Cavs FO when they drafted him?

What? How? I don't see how going to the D League impacts much at all, let alone how it would eliminate his chances of being a star. Going to the D League and not being a star are both symptoms of the same thing, namely they both happen if you suck. Going to the D League doesn't cause you to not be a star in itself. If he doesn't end up being a star, it isn't going to be because he went to the D League.

Chrisclover
01-16-2014, 11:51 PM
It's pretty obvious Jeremy Lin is one

sunsfan88
01-17-2014, 12:03 AM
What? How? I don't see how going to the D League impacts much at all, let alone how it would eliminate his chances of being a star. Going to the D League and not being a star are both symptoms of the same thing, namely they both happen if you suck. Going to the D League doesn't cause you to not be a star in itself. If he doesn't end up being a star, it isn't going to be because he went to the D League.
Look at a guy like Lance Stephenson. He might end up being an All Star this year and is no doubt a rising star in this league. And guess what? Dude was never send to the D League. He averaged 9 mins a game his first season and then 10 mins a game his 2nd season.

Here's an excerpt from an article made by Pacers fans in 2010 who wondered why the Pacers didn't send Stephenson to the D league


The team's unwillingness to use the D-League almost seems stubborn. But there still could be a psyche advantage to not sending an entitled, self proclaimed "best ever" to a minor league. While an assignment to the D-League is in no way a demotion, even Josh McRoberts admitted that it seemed like it when he made his trip. I can't imagine the same couldn't be said of Stephenson. The advantage is that he gets the floor time, but an equal disadvantage could be in his ability to grow. In the D-League, there's no one like Dahntay Jones (I'm aware the irony, just give me a second) to correct the rook when he says something foolish. And if there is a vet like Dahntay Jones (A-ha! Made it work!), is Stephenson going to listen as intently? Assuming of course, he listened to Dahntay at all.

While there are advantages to sending Stephenson to the D-League; local interest in the Mad Ants, floor time, trip dub after trip dub, I fear the team still has to deal with the rookie's maturity, so when Larry Bird says Lance needs to be a part of the Pacers, I can understand. Even though Ft. Wayne is just around the corner from Indianapolis, I don't blame the Pacers for wanting to make sure he doesn't go past the neighbor's house. And it's really not fair to us. It'd be an exciting dynamic for Pacers fans to see the team to make use of the NBDL, but at this point, I can understand why there's slight hesitation on Stephenson..

And here's Larry Bird's explanation back then for why he won't send Stephenson to the D League:

http://www.eightpointsnineseconds.com/2010/12/why-the-pacers-dont-use-the-d-league-and-why-lance-stephenson-likely-will-never-play-there/

And you should read the comments in this article...a lot of truth in it imo

http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2013/11/lance-stephenson-plans-to-stay-with-the-indiana-pacers/

I'm with Larry Bird on this one. Whether its playing just 10 mins a night, I think being with the team and being around your NBA HC and NBA will only help rookies. They get to watch and learn from them in games and practices. Its worth keeping them in the NBA.

sunsfan88
01-17-2014, 12:49 AM
It's pretty obvious Jeremy Lin is one
Maybe in China, in America he's a good role player except for maybe a 3 month stretch in NY.