Of course, this is necessary what with all the little children coming into the league and all. So, here's the list of which D-League team which NBA teams can pick from:
Fayetteville: Charlotte, New York, Detroit Austin: Denver, San Antonio, Houston, Clippers Fort Worth: Golden State, Lakers, Dallas, Portland Arkansas: Atlanta, Cleveland, Memphis, Toronto Florida: Miami, Orlando, Boston, Minnesota Tulsa: New Orleans, Indiana, Milwaukee, Chicago Albuquerque: Utah, Phoenix, Sacramento, Seattle Roanoke: New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington
So, the NBA is trying to establish an actual minor league (as per the collective bargaining agreement). Teams can send someone down up to three times and they can't have more than 2 down there at once. It also says they'll still get paid their NBA salaries, etc.
I find it interesting that they have some divisional rivals sharing from a team here. Hopefully, if this works, they can expand this to 15 teams (just 2 for each). It's seems like an OK start. Hopefully some coaches won't be vengeful and use it as an excuse to dump someone down there.
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As I understand it, you can only get sent down in your first two seasons, so if someone gets busted down to, say, Tulsa, it'd probably do them some good. I'd imagine they wouldn't farm out someone like Granger or even Hakim Warrick.
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I don't see how it is going to work well at the moment. 4 teams to each D team is too many. Take Albuquerque for example. If they adopt a Phoenix type game plan, what good does that do the Jazz players? The article I saw also said the D league coach gets to decide minutes/positions etc. Why send your 3rd string PG down so he can play 20 minutes a night at SG?
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Having checked out stats/playing time info before in the NBDL, I don't think there's a real danger of a Phoenix "only 6 guys play" situation - the farther you go down in the talent pool, the less the difference between players. It's unlikely you'd want to shorten your bench that much, because there's going to be that much of a difference.
Even if they did, or if they did play a different strategy than the major league team (which might have actually been Merc's point and I missed it), some playing time is better than no playing time. You'd get more out of playing 20 minutes/game a different way than playing 2 minutes/game in a garbage situation. Plus, any player in this situation is likely years away from being a regular - that system might be changed by the time he becomes a factor, he might need to play in a different position, or he might get traded elsewhere.
Lottery picks are still going to sit on the bench from day one (rosters got expanded to 14 people, so them not playing is even less of a problem.) The guys that are going to be sent down are late first round/second round picks*, and many of them would've just all been together cut at the end of training camp or asked to play in Europe. This system allows the teams to hold on to them and figure out if they can actually play, something impossible to do for a competiting team previously.
So its more a league for project players then? So a Darko type player could actually get some minutes instead of getting splinters. That makes some sense. Still 4 teams into 1 doesn't really go, especially if they go with short rotations.
It seems like it would work better if instead of having one D-League team for each NBA team they had two, so if, say both Seattle and Phoenix had power forwards they wanted to send down, one could go with their second affiliate to try and get them more playing time.
I'd also like to see them expand the draft to four or five rounds so there would be a fresher batch of prospects each year. It would certainly make the NBA draft more interesting.
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