Thursday, December 08, 2005

NBDL Happenings

Remember this guy? Well he leads the NBDL with 27.3 PPG


It's a lazy Thursday, so I thought I'd take the lazy route and just get you up-to-date on what's going on down in the D-League. There have been some rather impressive showings thus far by a few names you should recognize. Keep an eye on some of these players because they could be impacting your favorite team and fantasy leagues sooner than you expect.


1) ALBUQUERQUE THUNDERBIRDS (5-1)

Studs:

PF Joe Shipp: 17.8 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.3 SPG
--Former stud PF at Cal

G Bryant Matthews: 14.5 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.8 SPG
--Ex-Virginia Tech Star

Duds:

PG Yuta Tabuse: 5.8 PPG, 3.7 APG, 1.0 SPG
--Fan favorite on Phoenix last year



2) FLORIDA FLAME (3-1)

Studs:

F Bracey Wright: 27.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.0 SPG
--Former Indiana Hoosier

F Theron Smith: 15.3 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.3 APG
--Preps to pros wannabe

Semi-Studs:

PG Andre Barrett: 14.3 PPG, 7.0 APG, 0.7 SPG
--Former Seton Hall PG

F/C Dwayne Jones: 7.5 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 1.5 BPG
--T'Wolves 2nd Round pick in '05 from Saint Joe's



3) ARKANSAS RIMROCKERS (3-2)

Studs:

F/C Pape Sow: 24.0 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 2.4 SPG, 1.6 BPG
--Former Raptor had a 40 point, 14 rebound, 2 steal, & 2 block performance on 11/27. Wait, doesn't Toronto desperately need a center?

PG Kareem Reid: 15.8 PPG, 8.4 APG, 2.0 SPG
--Played at the University of Arkansas



4) FORT WORTH FLYERS (3-3)

Studs:

G Ime Udoka: 21.8 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.8 SPG
--Rival rapper of Ini Kamoze

Semi-Studs:

G Vonteego Cummings: 15.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 5.5 APG, 1.7 SPG
--Former Pitt Panther

C Luke Schenscher: 10.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.0 SPG
--Big Austrailian played at Georgia Tech

Duds:

G Keith Langford: 8.0 PPG, 1.8 APG
--Played at Kansas



5) TULSA 66ERS (3-4)

Semi-Studs:

G Sean Banks: 15.0 PPG, 4.2 RPG
--Former Memphis Tiger

F Bernard King: 13.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.1 SPG
--No relation to the Bernard King

Duds:

G John Lucas: 11.9 PPG, 1.7 APG
--Father is the Coach John Lucas, played at Oklahoma State



6) AUSTIN TOROS (1-2)

Studs:

G/F Andre Emmett: 19.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG
--Played under Bobby Knight at Texas Tech

F Marcus Fizer: 17.0 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.0 SPG
--Former Iowa State superstar and 4th overall pick in the 2000 Draft



7) ROANOKE DAZZLE (2-4)

Studs:

G Anthony Grundy: 20.7 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 5.7 APG, 2.3 SPG
--N.C. State's stud before Julius Hodge

F Isiah Victor: 18.0 PPG, 8.2 PPG, 1.2 SPG
--No clue

Semi-Studs:

F Andreas Glyniadakis: 11.8 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.3 BPG
--Played with the Hornets earlier this season

F/C Peter John Ramos: 11.7 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 2.5 BPG
--'04 2nd round pick of the Wizards, star player in Puerto Rico



8) FAYETTEVILLE PATRIOTS (2-5)

Studs:

F Erik Daniels: 21.9 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.0 SPG
--Played with the Kings, former Kentucky Wildcat

9 Comments:

At 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A couple of questions:

What teams own these guys?

I thought the rule about the NBDL was that you couldn't be sent down if you had spent 3 years in the league. From this list, I know at least Fizer doesn't fit that description, how does that work out?

-Robb.

 
At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

also, can you explain why teams (eg, Sixers) are choosing to cut young players rather than simply sending them to the NBDL?

sjg

 
At 7:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're kidding, right?

toronto doesn't need a center. they have rafael araujo.

sjg

 
At 8:46 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Here's what I know for sure...

1) Teams can only send two players from their NBA roster down to the D-League.

2) NBA teams have to continue paying these players even though they aren't at the NBA level.

(This may answer your question Matt. The Sixers aren't going to pay a scrub like Deng Gai when they can just cut him and sign a Matt Barnes. They are still operating under a salary cap you know)

3) Not all of the players (actually not many at all) have affiliation with an NBA team. I think that's why Fizer can play because that 2 year rule only applies to those players under contract with an NBA team.

4) That 2-year rule I spoke of is just a parameter saying that NBA teams can only send one of its players down to the NBDL if he's played fewer than 2 years in the league.

Hope this answers your questions. As for players like Gerald Green who haven't been sent down, Paul and I actually discussed this today. I think a lot of teams would prefer to have these young guys practice with the NBA guys rather than Pape Sow and co. in the D-League. Not sure why...

 
At 8:57 PM, Blogger Paul Benedict said...

Robb-- Ant nailed it with Fizer. He's not affiliated with an NBA team, thus he's elgible to play in the D-League. If an NBA team were to sign him, he would have to take up a roster spot on an NBA team.

As for Deng Gai and James Thomas, the Sixers just didn't think either was worthy of a roster spot on the NBA or D-League team.

And to continue with you, Ant-- why would you want to send a guy to the D-League, a strategy that's never been used before with high school rookies, when you can bring them along slowly, practicing with the team everyday, a strategy that has proven to work very well?

 
At 9:25 AM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Because I think no matter what the situation may be, a player still needs to take part in real game situations. Ironing Brian Scalabrine's jock strap is only going to help your jumper so much. Paul, what do you know? What do you think you help me run this site or something?

 
At 12:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

F/C Pape Sow: 24.0 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 2.4 SPG, 1.6 BPG
--Former Raptor had a 40 point, 14 rebound, 2 steal, & 2 block performance on 11/27. Wait, doesn't Toronto desperately need a center?

Former Raptor? He's still a Raptor....It's called the D League, he was sent down to get some playing time by the Raptors. He's not exactly a C...closer to a SF.

 
At 2:55 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Actually, he's currently a Rimrocker. Yes Toronto pays his salary, but he is not playing for them at the current time. That's what I meant and you know that. You just felt it necessary to be a dick and hide behind your anonymity. Grow a pair

 
At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think Anthony Grundy will ever make the nba? He's been a star everywhere he played. Was two assists shy of a triple double last night...

 

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