Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The D-League

Monta Ellis could be a star in the D-L

On Monday the NBA announced the affiliations teams will have with the eight clubs in the National Basketball Association Development League. Here are some details of the NBDL:

--Only first and second-year players can be assigned to the minors.

--Players can be sent down to the DL as many as three times, but no NBA team can have more than two players in the minors at once.

--There is no minimum or maximum stay in the minors

--Players on D-league assignments will still receive their NBA salaries and benefits, including per diem of $102, and D-League teams will be permitted to expand their rosters from 10 to 12 to accommodate assigned NBA players.

--Players assigned to the minors will be carried on NBA teams’ inactive lists

--Once a player is sent down, that NBA team forfeits control of that assigned player's playing time to the coach of the D-League team.

--In cases in which one developmental league team might be overstocked with NBA players at a particular position, or if one team has an inordinate number of assignees, the league could reassign a player to a different team.

--The NBADL president is Phil Evans


Albuquerque Thunderbirds
Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings
Seattle SuperSonics
Utah Jazz

Arkansas RimRockers
Atlanta Hawks
Cleveland Cavaliers
Memphis Grizzlies
Toronto Raptors

Austin Toros
Denver Nuggets
Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Clippers
San Antonio Spurs

Fayetteville Patriots
Charlotte Bobcats
Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks

Florida Flame
Boston Celtics
Miami Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves
Orlando Magic

Fort Worth Flyers
Dallas Mavericks
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Lakers
Portland Trail Blazers

Roanoke Dazzle
New Jersey Nets
Philadelphia 76ers
Washington Wizards

Tulsa 66ers
Chicago Bulls
Indiana Pacers
Milwaukee Bucks
New Orleans Hornets

I’m glad they left the naming of the teams in the hands of 5 year-olds. The Dazzle? RimRockers? Is this the MTV Rock n Jock game? More on this league once the regular season begins. Paul and I will give frequent updates of players in the D-League at least 2-3 times per month. Stay tuned…


At 1:54 PM, Blogger asdf said...

Yeah those team names are lame. I had to laugh when I read some of the names.

At 3:16 PM, Blogger Nat said...

I am anxious to see how if in any way this "minor" system is going to work out. right now it seems a bit of an excuse for a minor league with 4 NBA teams sharing a minor league team. also i dunno how much of a developmental thing this is going to be after all. Now its taken away jobs from those who didnt get drafted and went to the nbdl in hopes of being looked upon one day by the nba.
team names are just ridiculous... couldn't help but laugh!!

At 5:06 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

I think this D-League is going to be great for the league. Rather than players rotting away at the end of benches, instead they'll be playing against decent competition, knowing their efforts can lead to a spot on an NBA team. Although I feel like for the most part this is just going to be a breeding ground for kids 19-20 who leave school early with pro aspirations. But think of the excitement this season when Gerald Green drops 30 on the 66ers? Or when Andrew Bynum throws down a nasty rim rocker against the RimRockers? Is there anything more exciting than that? Thanks for writing in as always


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