What do you know about the NBA Developmental League?
I mean beyond knowing it is where players like Hasheem Thabeet are cast away to teams with awful names, like the Dakota Wizards, less than a year after being drafted second overall by the Memphis Grizzlies. When you hear “D-League” you probably think of second-rate arenas in un-sexy cities like Sioux Falls and Bakersfield which feature a boring and unattractive brand of basketball.
Ten years ago you would have been right, but by 2014 NBA general managers have realized the value in using the D-League as a farm system, and it’s starting what could be a basketball revolution in a remote city near you.
The D-League has seen a shift in recent years from several NBA teams affiliating with each D-League squad to a more direct and streamlined approach resulting in D-League teams identifying with solely one organization. With this, the D-League is becoming a platform for experiments and the seasoning of young NBA hopefuls.