Watch and CDR: Douglas-Roberts' Top 5 Games in the NBA D-League
From the moment Chris Douglas-Roberts joined the NBA D-League, he played at a notch above his competition. Now, with CDR back in the NBA -- where he'd spent 155 games before his comeback -- check out his best games from his 11-game stint with the Legends.
From the moment Chris Douglas-Roberts joined the NBA D-League -- coming to the Texas Legends as an Affiliate Player [more on how that all works right here] after the Dallas Mavericks signed, then cut, him at the end of training camp -- he didn't look long for the league. Whether it was his 49-point performance in the preseason or the way he ripped up defenses like a bad test score or how, over time, his game filled out to include a whole lot of defense and distribution, he looked destined for the NBA.
It's just a wonder it took this long.
So now, with CDR bound for the Mavericks -- and most likely set to stay there -- take a look at the very best from the longstanding No. 1 Prospect's comeback tour.
Nov. 21 (preseason): Texas Legends 129, Santa Cruz Warriors 126 (OT)
CDR announced his return to American shores with a 49-point, 7-rebound, 8-assist, 3-steal performance in an overtime win over the NBA D-League's newest team
Nov. 29: Texas Legends 116, Austin Toros 109
On an rare off shooting night (7-for-18), Douglas-Roberts still managed 28 points on only 18 shots by going 13-for-13 from the line. Just as significantly, after starting the season with just six assists in his first four games, he chipped in four in this one, before going on a distribution tear that saw him average seven dimes a night over his next five games.
Nov. 23: Tulsa 66ers 83, Texas Legends 76
Douglas-Roberts screamed out of the gates on opening night, dropping 31 points (on just 18 shots) in a loss to Tulsa and showing that his ability to get to the hoop -- and force a whole lot of contact -- hasn't dulled a bit.
Dec. 1: Texas Legends 102, Rio Grande Valley Vipers 95
CDR filled up the stat sheet, showing his growth as a distributor, facilitator, defender and floor leader in a 27-point, 7-board and 8-assist night (with a steal and a block tossed in) in a win over the Vipers
Dec. 16: Texas Legends 103, Rio Grande Valley Vipers 102
In the upcoming NBA D-League Game of the Week (tune in to NBA TV on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET) -- and the most efficient game of his season -- Roberts needed just 11 shots to notch 21 points (thanks in large part to a 10-for-11 effort from the line) while dishing out nine assists, picking up six boards and turning the ball over just two times in 41 minutes. If any doubt lingered about whether or not CDR was ready to play a role in the NBA, this game was the kitchen timer going off.