D-Leaguers Assemble!

How would a D-League alumni team perform? Pretty well

Updated: October 12, 2012, 4:58 PM ET
By Bradford Doolittle | Basketball Prospectus
Marcin Gortat, Tyson ChandlerAP Photo/Frank Franklin IIMarcin Gortat is one of many alumni who would comprise a formidable all-D-League team.

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?