Edwards is Latest Charge Player to See NBA Reward
The NBA D-League is said to be a feeder league. Some players are constantly going through the carousel of being assigned and recalled, while other players find themselves on multiple teams throughout one season. The constant shuffling of players often raises some problems for players and teams to reach cohesiveness that leads to success on the court.
The Canton Charge understand the life of the D-League and it does not appear the shuffling of players they have seen this year has had a negative effect on the hardwood. This could be attributed to number of high-character players that put on the wine and gold uniform.
“This team is a real good group of guys,” Charge forward Shane Edwards said. “ Our chemistry, I’d say, is by far the best. Everybody gets along. Everybody hangs out with each other off the court. I think that plays a big part into us on the court and enjoying playing with each other and making each other better.”
The Charge are currently in a neck-to-neck race to the finish with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants to defend their East Division championship. Last season, the Charge edged out the Mad Ants for the top spot in the division, but fell to the Tulsa 66ers in the first round of the playoffs.
It is no secret around Canton that the goal for the Charge this season is to get back into the playoffs and improve on their earlier departure of nearly a year ago. Edwards echoed that goal.
“A team goal is definitely to get in the playoffs and try to win it all. That’s what we have been working for this whole season and I think we put ourselves in a good position to do that.”
Edwards is currently averaging 13.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game through 40 games this season. The fourth year pro from Arkansas-Little Rock also notched two double-doubles and posted a career-high 35 points in a 119-124 loss to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers during the 2013-2014 campaign.
Production is the key for any pro in any sport, but in a feeder league such as the D-League it is crucial. Players must perform to the best of their ability, not only to help their teams succeed, but also to showcase their individual talents for prospective NBA teams looking for a call-up. Continued production is a personal goal Edwards had set for himself for the rest of this season.
“A personal goal is to continue to play hard and continue to produce on the court and hopefully it will pay off in the end.”
Edwards continued hard work and production was rewarded as the forward recently signed a 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He's the third Charge player this season to receive a call-up and sixth overall in team history. He's also the fourth Charge player to be callled up by the parent club Cavaliers (Manny Harris, Kevin Jones, Arinze Onuaku).