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So with Lamb, Miller(know he was a senior,) TJones (I think he is still there,) Liggins and others spending a bunch of time in the D-League I was wondering if you all think it might change Coach Cal's thinking in encouraging players/giving his blessing to leave when he is not positive they are physically/mentally ready? While obviously for a guy like Davis, MKG, Noel, and probably Goodwin it is a no-brainer but for a guy like WCS or Poythress I wonder if it doesn't remotely come into their/his head. I don't blame anyone for going pro and would probably do the same thing but I wonder at what point they think they should go to the NBA when they are confident they can stick on a roster. Point being, you can argue stupid to come back and risk injury and pass up sure fire money but if you are going to possibly be in the D-League I would wonder if it doesn't cross into their mind that they would rather develop at UK for another year rather than spend 1/2 the year in the D-League. Just a thought and curious what others might think of this being a possibility. Again, don't think I would pass up the sure money but I think the number of players in the D-League at least begs the ?.
Cal wont change his way of handling the guys that are ready to go pro. Cal has enough ears in the NBA that he has a good idea where that particular UK player will probably go in the NBA draft. I dont believe he has or ever will talk a player into staying or leaving if that wasnt in his best interest. Cal does whatever is best for the player and if the guy wants to come back he will certainly allow him to do so and if he wants to leave then so be it. I dont have any idea what Cal talked to Daniel Orton about but I sure would have liked to have heard that conversation.
I would think that anyone would rather get the guaranteed money and play in the D-League. There's no restrictions on practice time and it becomes their job rather than what is supposed to be a side activity. In theory, the player development should be much improved in the D-League.
I see your point and wish more guys would stay, but every guy you listed makes the same amount for their contract whether playing in the show or d-league.
Being assigned to the D-League involves many more factors than just whether or not a player is 'mentally/physically ready'. And, as an FYI, Liggins is with the Thunder and is actually seeing an increase in minutes recently.
Yup, and Liggins started tonight, and played 40 minutes (more than KD and Westbrook), in a win against the Trail Blazers. He's starting to earn his PT.
Thats great to hear about Liggins and his PT and we could have used him last night against Turner. I bet if MKG had guarded Turner he wouldnt have had as many points but may have not changed the outcome.
If Elston Turner wasn't on fire like he was, I guarantee the outcome would have been different. Let's be honest, 25 points in the 1st half? If he's off on his shot, it definitely would've changed the outcome of that game. But this is just shoulda/woulda/coulda at this point. Hopefully this team can pick it up.
Liggins started tonight and finished with 11 pts 9 rbs 2 assists and a steal in a thunder win.
First words out of Durants mouth in his post game interview "I can't say enough about Deandre Liggins"
Give it up guys.....they are playing in the d-league making millions...this is normal, that's why they setup the d-league
I don't think they set up the D-league to pay guys millions to play there. It was set up to develop guys as needed. If a guy goes to the D-league and can't work his way back up, they won't keep him long.
Yeah, the D-League was set up to develop players for a couple of reasons. First, they needed a place for the guys with a lot of raw athletic ability but little polish to work on their game after they got signed (obviously college wasn't an option any more). Secondly, it is apparent that the development of players in college was not up to standard. The pro game is different and playing against guys that wouldn't be qualified for the ball boy position on most teams does not develop players to the fullest. The college game is only getting worse with early entry.
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