Prospect Watch presented by BBVA, Playoffs Edition: The Finals
The NBA D-League regular season came and went, but NBA eyes are always watching, and the NBA D-League Playoffs gave the players lucky enough to make it yet another platform to showcase their abilities. Whether during NBA Summer League, training camp or next season, being a part of a winning team could pay off down the road.
Here are the players who boosted their stock the most during the 2014 Finals:
Stock Watch: You can really take your pick from the eclectic Mad Ants roster for this spot. The rest of Fort Wayne's core group -- Matt Bouldin, Ron Howard, Trey McKinney Jones and Sadiel Rojas -- did nothing but boost their stock in meshing their talents perfectly into the team concept, and should attract NBA interest this summer.
That said, there was one player who suited up in these finals that looked like a surefire NBA talent, and that was Mitchell. Yes, he reverted to his old, inefficient ways as a scorer in the playoffs after a brilliant stretch in March. But he also showcased his huge upside as a spark plug off the bench -- one of those ultra-confident scorers who always thinks the next shot is going to fall, no matter what happened on the previous one. And with the title in his grasp, Mitchell showed killer instinct in a breathtaking first-half takeover and the final, game-sealing bucket.
Stock Watch: It was a fitting way for Jones to end the season: The attention was on more recognizable teammates like the "SC Splash Brothers," Joe Alexander or even Kiwi Gardner, but by the end of both games the 25-year-old with the old school moves had delivered most. Jones truly has followed the footsteps of Howard in developing the total scoring package at the NBA D-League level; now he can only hope someone at the next level gives him a shot.