The 2017 NBA D-League Elite Minicamp wrapped up Tuesday afternoon. In our third straight year covering the event, we were able to learn more about some of the league's top talent watching them in competitive action and getting a unique mid-career look at their measurements and athletic testing results.
Each July NBA executives, media members, and die-hard fans attend NBA Summer Leagues in Orlando, Utah, and Las Vegas to get their first look at the rookies drafted just weeks prior. But does that monster PER put up by your team's first round rookie actually mean anything, or are they empty numbers?
Discussing a variety of topics with Jarvis Threatt at the 2015 D-League Elite Mini-Camp in Chicago, including the season he just had, his background, what type of player he is, and how he's looking forward toward the pre-draft process.
Who are the best prospects in the D-League draft? Who can we expect to get taken in the first round? We took a stab at this by sifting through the player pool, using our ridiculously comprehensive back-end database, and putting our thoughts on paper as follow.
P.J. Hairston was forced to play out this season in the D-League with the Texas Legends after being dismissed by North Carolina in December. He put up monstrous scoring numbers, but still has many question marks around him. Now that he's officially in the Draft as an automatically eligible player, we can take a step back and conduct an inventory of everything he displayed this season as an NBA prospect, as well as the things he still has to improve on.
Delaware 87ers forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo has proven himself as one of the best athletes in the NBA D-League through 19 games. Will his athleticism, energy, and defensive potential be enough to warrant using a draft pick on the Greek forward in the 2014 NBA Draft?
Glen Rice Jr might have the most unique story of any member of this year's draft class. From getting kicked out of Georgia Tech to being MVP of the D-League Finals in the span of one year, he's now a very viable draft prospect who might convince other talented young players that there's more than one path to making the NBA.
Few players have the experience of 35 year-old Fred House, a player whose career has taken him from Southern Utah University, to the minor leagues in the US and then across the globe. What is it like to go 11 years between D-League stints?
From the D-League Showcase in Reno, we sit down for an interview with Tim Ohlbrecht of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers who has the unique distinctions of being one of the only international draft prospects in our database to ever make the jump from Europe straight to the NBADL.