FIVE PLAYERS WHO SHOWED OUT AT THE D-LEAGUE SHOWCASE

Title: FIVE PLAYERS WHO SHOWED OUT AT THE D-LEAGUE SHOWCASE
Date: January 12, 2016
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: Coming out of the D-League Showcase, I took a look at the most likely players to hear their phone ring during the NBA’s call-up season.

The teams competing at last week’s D-League Showcase all wanted to win it, and they played that way, but winning was not really the point of the five-day mini-tournament in Santa Cruz. The point was for players to show out for scouts from all 30 NBA squads (and a wealth of international teams) as the league enters its roster-churn season.

NBA teams had until 5 PM Thursday to waive players on non- or partially guaranteed contracts; after that deadline, those contracts are guaranteed for the rest of the season. Ordinarily, this results in a flurry of roster moves, but the axe fell on fewer players than usual this year. With teams were able to sign players to 10-day contracts as of Tuesday, there are nine spots up for grabs: Phoenix, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, and Utah all have open slots; Phoenix and Utah also have players (Lorenzo Brown and Elliot Williams, respectively) on 10-day deals that may or may not be extended. Everyone at the D-League Showcase was auditioning for these jobs.

Even with worse odds than usual, the D-League Showcase mattered a great deal to its participants, who each got a chance to play two games in front of some very important people. Two games is just two games, but a winning performance can change a player’s career, not just in the immediate future but also in helping create opportunities this coming offseason. Players can only do so much—that paucity of roster spots is hardly within their control—but a few made the most of the very real opportunity.

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