AP Hoops: Our Very Advanced Alumni

Which former NBA D-League players in the NBA stand at the top of five core advanced metrics?
You often hear us talking about the next great Call-Up and the factors that help determine who it will be. While that is interesting and promises to be a significant storyline as we enter the 2012-13 season, it raises a question worth answering: what about the D-League alums who are already in the NBA?

By our count, 88 NBA players (as of Monday) currently have NBA D-League experience...if you're looking for some non-advanced stats, that breaks down to roughly one out of every five NBA players (or 20 percent). Many of them, too, are significant contributors at that level so lets take a look at a few of them who are off to strong starts this season through the lens of 5 statistics: OffRtg, DefRtg, NetRtg, eFG%, REB%.

Steve Novak
OffRtg: 113.6 (league rank: 8th)
Steve Novak has turned himself into a dangerous and efficient offensive weapon for the New York Knicks. On a team with a number of talented options that require multiple defenders, Novak has established himself as a dead-eye 3 point shooter, posting an scalding 3PT% of 42.1%.
J.J. Barea
DefRtg: 76.5 (league rank: 1st)
NetRtg: 34.7 (league rank: 1st)
Despite his diminutive size, JJ Barea has BIG game. After playing an integral role on the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks, Barea has become a sparkplug off the the bench for the Timberwolves. Hes a pesky, underrated defender with good hands and communication skills and has always been known as someone with an x-factor. The great news for him is that we now have a way to quantify his tremendous value.
Danny Green
eFG%: 65.5% (league rank: 15)
Danny Green was having trouble finding a home in the NBA before a 17-game stint in the NBA D-League in the 2010-11 season in which he scored 20.6 ppg and shot 44.9% from beyond the arc. Since that time, Green has become a tremendously efficient scorer for the San Antonio Spurs with sneaky value on the defensive end and not-so-sneaky value from long range.
Larry Sanders
REB%: 20.7% (league rank: 8)
Larry Sanders has been an emerging big man this season for the Milwaukee Bucks, making it much easier for them to forget Andrew Bogut after his trade to Golden State. Sanders is long and athletic and is proving himself as a capable rebounder and shot blocker.