NBA Basketball: The Developing D-League

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Dec 20, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder center Hasheem Thabeet (34) holds back Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) after a technical foul in the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Timberwolves won 99-93. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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