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Aug 20 2014 11:22AM

Watch highlights from the two games Bledsoe played with the Jam while recovering from knee surgery in 2012.
Aug 15 2014 2:43PM

Take a look back at which NBA players made the biggest splash while on assignment in the NBA D-League.
Aug 14 2014 1:25PM



Sometimes all it takes for a young NBA player to break out is an opportunity. For a list of players that grows every year -- from Larry Sanders and Eric Bledsoe to Terrence Jones and Reggie Jackson -- that opportunity has come in the NBA D-League.

NBA D-League assignments often offer the first glance at a player's potential when he's fully unleashed. Sixty-two different NBA players were assigned to the NBA D-League a total of 187 times during the 2013-14 season.

Here are NBADLeague.com's top 10 who impressed the most, developed the most and/or flashed the most potential.

Cooper will coach the Jazz's new single affiliate after spending two seasons as a Rockets assistant.
Aug 14 2014 1:21PM

The 27-year-old wing is the second former Top Prospect Miami has signed this month, joining Shawne Williams.
Aug 12 2014 4:44PM

NBA.com tested the NBA rookie class' knowledge of Thanasis' mouthful of a last name.
Aug 11 2014 2:40PM

@NBADLeague's remix of the Top 10 Highlights of the Year, in rapid-fire succession.
Aug 8 2014 2:01PM

Watch the explosive forward, acquired in a trade on Wednesday, showcase his talent while on assignment from the Kings in 2012-13.
Aug 7 2014 5:08PM

Before Becky Hammon's historic move to the Spurs, two women paved the way as NBA D-League coaches.
Aug 7 2014 2:18PM

Aquille Carr, Kiwi Gardner, Ra'shad James, Pierre Jackson and Troy Daniels highlight the list.
Aug 5 2014 4:49PM



With the countdown to the 2014-15 season at more than 80 days, it's time to hit the rewind button.

Here are the NBA D-League's top 10 highlights from the past year -- to keep you busy during the wait.

The Charge alum signed with the Raptors on Sunday, completing his rise as another Big Sky sleeper.
Aug 4 2014 3:57PM



Before Damian Lillard faced the likes of Chris Paul, Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook each night, there was one point guard he couldn't shake.

From the streets of Oakland to the mountains of Utah, Will Cherry stuck to Lillard like a thorn in his side -- the same way he guarded him and anyone else who crossed him on the court, for that matter.

Lillard averaged 22.4 points during a breakout senior season at Oakland High School; Cherry’s nearby McClymonds High team went 33-0 on its way to the state title. Lillard emerged as an under-the-radar star for the Weber State Wildcats; Cherry twice led the University of Montana past the Wildcats in the Big Sky conference title game.

“I respected him from the first time I ever played against him,” Lillard said of his childhood rival-turned-friend.

The two draft picks from the NBA D-League took part in the 2014 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot in New York on Sunday.
Poetry in Motion: Hairston, Antetokounmpo at NBA Rookie Photo Shoot
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Aug 4 2014 12:43AM

It's the dog days of August, with nearly three months until NBA rookies suit up for their first official games.

So it's the perfect time to have some fun, which PJ Hairston and Thanasis Antetokounmpo -- the two 2014 draft picks from the NBA D-League -- did on Sunday in Westchester, N.Y. Hairston sported Charlotte's new purple Hornets uniforms, while Antetokounmpo looked right at home in the Knicks' blue and orange.

Here are the best sights, sounds and selfies from the afternoon: TWEETCAP | PHOTO GALLERY

PJ Hairston, Glen Rice Jr. and Tony Mitchell were three of the most prominent NBA D-League alums to shine in Vegas.
Aug 4 2014 11:23AM

Williams signed with the Heat on Friday after shining for the LA D-Fenders during the second half of the NBA D-League season.
Aug 1 2014 2:48PM

Jeremy Lin is the newest Laker, but just three years ago, he was a virtually anonymous NBA D-League prospect.
Jul 31 2014 2:20PM

The wiry, 6-6 wing -- an Idaho Stampede alum -- turned heads in Las Vegas with two huge games for the Golden State Warriors.
Summer Spotlight: Justin Holiday, Natural Born Role Player
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Jul 29 2014 4:53PM

In Tuesday's Summer Spotlight, we look at how one of the Summer League's breakout prospects, Justin Holiday, is selling himself to teams as a consummate role player.

“I know if I’m on an NBA team, I’m not going to be the guy going one-on-one," Jrue's older brother said in Las Vegas.

"So I try to pick my spots so I can knock down jump shots, come off screens -- things that can realistically happen to me at the NBA level. I may only get two or three shots per game, so I’ve got to knock them down.”

The Reno Bighorns alum paraded through the streets of his hometown North Babylon, N.Y., on Saturday.
Jul 28 2014 2:33PM



Danny Green is a man who does not forget his roots.

He still appreciates the opportunity the Reno Bighorns gave him in the NBA D-League three years ago, when his career was at a crossroads.

And he still shares the glory of being a key part of the Spurs' championship lineup with his small hometown on Long Island, New York.

Green got his chance to bring the Larry O'Brien trophy home to North Babylon over the weekend in the latest leg of the Spurs' Trophy Tour.

Locals gathered to greet him at an elementary school before he took off down the parade route in a BMW. He was honored by being given the key to the city, winning the Distinguished Service Award and having a basketball court named after him.

Click here to read Spurs.com's recap of the event, and click here to view a photo gallery.

130 alums, 67 games, 11 days. Sort through the madness that went down at the Las Vegas Summer League in this Photo Recap.
Summer League in Photos: Top Images from Las Vegas
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Jul 25 2014 12:27AM

The 2014 Samsung NBA Summer League featured 130 NBA D-League alums across the 24 rosters, and many took center stage at some point during the 11-day event.

From historic NBA Draft pick PJ Hairston's debut to his predecessor Glen Rice Jr.'s MVP Award-winning performance, relive the wild 67-game Summer League in our Photo Recap.

A season 22 years in the making ended earlier this month when Jackson, a 2013-14 NBA D-League sensation, ruptured his Achilles at the Orlando Summer League.
Jul 23 2014 4:41PM



Pierre Jackson said he never wanted to go to Orlando, to the court where the Achilles tendon in his right leg would rupture and leave his future in doubt. He wanted to go to home, to the bright lights of Las Vegas.

As much as the season of a lifetime that lay ahead, Summer League in Jackson’s backyard had been on his mind ever since the joyous 2014 NBA Draft night, when New Orleans traded him to Philadelphia. He envisioned himself taking the event by storm, backed by a legion of hometown fans, his grandmom -- given the rare chance to see her lil’ P play in person -- “screaming all her usual crazy things” from the stands.

“‘As soon as I go home, I’m gonna try to turn some heads,’” Jackson said he told Sixers Summer League coach Chad Iske.

The second-year point guard, who played his first three pro games with Reno, scored 29 points to earn title game MVP honors.
Jul 21 2014 10:59PM



Over the 11-day NBA Summer League, point guard after point guard had jumped into the Las Vegas spotlight before Ray McCallum -- the same point guards that had heard their names called before his on Draft night 2013. From CJ McCollum to Shane Larkin to Isaiah Canaan, they'd all gotten their time to shine.

But after 67 games packed into two UNLV gyms, McCallum was the last man standing. The 23-year-old Kings point guard was steady through their first six games before exploding for 29 points on 9-for-15 shooting in Monday's 77-68 tournament championship win over the Houston Rockets.

McCallum's rise to Summer League title game MVP mirrored his overall rise through the basketball ranks. He passed on schools like Arizona and UCLA to play for his father at Detroit-Mercy. He went No. 36 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft and played his first three pro games in the NBA D-League.

For at least this one 11-day stretch, however, he vaulted himself ahead of the point guards in his class.

"It means a lot," McCallum said of his Summer League hardware. We've been working hard all summer trying to put in a lot of hard work for opportunities like this. And one thing I've learned about the NBA [is] once you get an opportunity, try to make the most of it."

The NBA D-League's highest NBA Draft picks ever pushed themselves to the forefront of the events in Las Vegas.
Day 10 Recap: Successful Summer League Ends for Hairston, Rice Jr.
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Jul 21 2014 12:02AM

It was fitting that PJ Hairston and Glen Rice Jr. both wrapped up their 2014 Summer League experiences on the same day. The two will be linked forever as the players who paved the NBA D-League-to-NBA Draft route to the next level:



They left with another 20+-point performance each -- Rice Jr. with an MVP trophy, as well -- highlighting the second-to-last day of the Samsung NBA Summer League.

Here's a recap of the rest of the events in Vegas on Sunday.

Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington have been inseparable since joining the Rockets organization as rookies. We put Canaan to the test after they advanced to the Summer League title game.
Jul 20 2014 11:25PM



Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington faced each other in the Ohio Valley Conference, spent the first part of the 2013-14 season lighting up the scoreboard with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and finally earned time with the affiliate Houston Rockets. Now they're going to Monday's Samsung NBA Summer League title game together.

But how well does the point guard truly know his pick-and-pop partner?

We put Canaan to the test following Sunday's 83-79 win over the Hornets. Let's just say he fared better in the first game (24 points on 8/17 shooting) than the second...

The Hornets guard ended his six-game run with a Summer League-high 27 points in a semifinals loss on Sunday.
Jul 20 2014 10:46PM

"That's my home," Rice Jr. said of the NBA D-League after dropping 36 points in the top performance of Summer League.
Jul 20 2014 9:34AM



A year ago, Glen Rice Jr. -- not PJ Hairston -- was viewed as the trendsetter for using the NBA D-League as a path to the NBA Draft. But Rice Jr. became a somewhat forgotten man during his quiet rookie season in Washington, which included 19 games back with the NBA D-League's Iowa Energy.

Now the 23-year-old is announcing loudly and clearly that he's ready for a breakout sophomore season. He's been the best player at Summer League, and on Saturday he had his best game, with 36 points that included a game-tying three-pointer to send the Wizards-Spurs classic into triple-overtime.

Click here to read the full recap of Day 9 in Las Vegas.

And here's a refresher on Rice Jr.'s stint in the NBA D-League, where he led the Vipers to a title in 2013 and averaged 13.0 points and 6.2 rebounds in 42 games:

The former Reno Bighorn and dunk content runner-up got it done on the defensive end this time around, climbing the ladder for a rejection.
Jul 19 2014 10:00PM

Averaging 17.2 points coming in, PJ Hairston scored 15 more -- including this emphatic jam -- as Charlotte advanced to Sunday's semifinals.
Jul 19 2014 6:04PM

The Select Team's comeback overtime win capped another memorable day for alums in Las Vegas.
Day 8 Recap: Select Team Goes Out with a Bang
Jul 19 2014 12:10AM

Devin Ebanks (23 points, 15 rebounds) and the NBA D-League Select Team's comeback win, which brought its Summer League record to 3-3, highlighted the consolation round in Las Vegas.

Click here to see the sights, sounds and highlights from Day 8 in Las Vegas.

Rockets point guard Isaiah Canaan and Wizards forward Glen Rice Jr. look poised for breakout seasons.
Day 7 Recap: Canaan & Rice Jr. Keep Rolling, Select Team Downed
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Jul 18 2014 1:43AM

Few players in Las Vegas have been playing with as much confidence as Isaiah Canaan and Glen Rice Jr., both entering their sophomore seasons with a chance to earn a permanent rotation spot.

Those two were the stars of Day 7 of the Samsung NBA Summer League, taking over down the stretch to lead their teams to wins.

Click here to read more about Canaan and Rice Jr., plus the top highlights and images from Thursday's action.

Click here to read who stood out for the Select Team in its 80-73 loss to the Knicks.

Watch the top three plays made by NBA D-League alums on Thursday.
Jul 18 2014 1:49AM

Hairston enjoyed his best game thus far in Vegas, making 8-of-16 from the field in a 104-75 win.
Jul 17 2014 5:36PM



It had been a frustrating Summer League for Hornets first-round pick PJ Hairston, who missed 28 of the first 26 shots he took.

But then Charlotte extended its stay in Las Vegas with a buzzer-beating three-pointer, and on Thursday the player we saw fill it up with the Texas Legends showed up.

Hairston scored 21 points to pace the Hornets in their second-round win over New Orleans, showcasing his full arsenal of moves in a 104-75 blowout: jumpers off screens and bulldozing attacks to the rim.

He's now scored 18+ points in four straight, and Thursday that volume came with efficiency (8/16 FG). For all the talk that Hairston never met a shot he didn't like, his 21.8 points per game with the Legends came on just 14.5 shots, he got to the free-throw line 5.6 times per game and rarely settled for mid-range jumpers.

The tournament shook up Summer League in Las Vegas on Wednesday, with Tony Mitchell and the Select Team capping the night with a win to stay alive.
Jul 17 2014 9:02AM



An extra layer of intrigue was thrown into the mix in Las Vegas on Wednesday as the Samsung NBA Summer League shifted to a single-elimination tournament for the second straight year.

The result was more highlight-reel plays, a game-winning buzzer-beater and a bounceback performance from the NBA D-League Select Team, which advanced to the second round for the second straight year.

Click here for analysis of the three standouts from the Select Team's 87-75 win over the Denver Nuggets.

Click here for a league-wide recap of the day's events, including stars, images and highlights.

The Knicks legend broke down Hairston's Summer League performance with NBADLeague.com.
Jul 16 2014 7:53PM

PJ Hairston saw some familiar faces on Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas, from opposing wing Ricky Ledo to his Texas Legends head coach Eduardo Najera on the bench. After spending half of the season in the Mavericks organization, this time Hairston was lined up across from them as a first-round pick at the NBA Summer League.

While the 6-6 guard again struggled with his shot (4/18 for 18 points), he has the right man in his corner: Hornets Summer League head coach Patrick Ewing, who pointed to Hairston's shot selection as the issue.

Ewing said most of the wrinkles Hairston needs to iron out lie on the other end of the floor: "He’s NBA-ready from playing in the D-League. He can shoot the basketball, but he still has a lot of work that he needs to do on the defensive end of the court."

The former CBA coach talks about his experience in the minor leagues and where the NBA D-League is headed.
Jul 16 2014 7:37PM

Watch and read analysis of the key takeaways from the last day of pool play at the NBA Summer League.
Jul 16 2014 6:19AM

The Blazers young guards put on a show on the last day of pool play in Vegas, combining for 40+ points.
Jul 15 2014 5:36PM

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