- Bradford Doolittle
Every fall, the D-League sends out a press release that announces the number of its alumni that are participating in NBA training camps. Needless to say, the number has grown over time. This season, it's at 123. When the NBA's opening night rosters are announced later this month, the D-League will send out another release about how many of those players made the cut. It will also be an impressive figure.
We ran a five-part series on the D-League's evolution into a baseball-style minor league. By and large, I think, we showed that this will be a good thing for the NBA and, more importantly, for basketball fans. Simply put, you'll see a higher quality product. Teams will be able to develop players to fit specific roles. You'll have fewer guys learning the game at the NBA level. Injury replacements will know what the heck they're doing. And so on.
To bookend that series, let's pose a hypothetical question: How would a team composed of players listed on that D-League press release fare in the NBA?
Bradford Doolittle assembles a D-League alumni team and projects how it would perform over a whole season.