NBA D-League Showcase Cheat Sheet 2013

By The Numbers

118 – The number of players currently in the NBA with NBA D-League experience.

28 – Percent of players in the NBA that have played in the NBA D-League, which falls just one percentage point shy of the record, set last year, of 23 percent.

9 – Number of players in the NBA who began the season in the NBA D-League.

47 – Number of players who have been assigned from the NBA to the NBA D-League this season, a new league record. At this point last year, 18 players had been assigned.

98 – Total number of assignments this year.

10 – Number of GATORADE Call-Ups thus far in 2011-12, spanning nine players.


NBA PLAYERS ON ASSIGNMENT
Player Team NBA Team
Will BartonIdaho StampedePortland
Nando De ColoAustin TorosSan Antonio
Orlando JohnsonFort Wayne Mad AntsIndiana
Darius Johnson-OdomL.A. D-FendersL.A.
Terrence JonesRio Grande ValleyHouston
Perry JonesTulsa 66ersOklahoma City
Kris JosephMaine Red ClawsBoston
Cory JosephAustin TorosSan Antonio
Jeremy LambTulsa 66ersOklahoma City
Jon LeuerCanton ChargeCleveland
Quincy MillerIowa EnergyDenver
Darius MillerIowa EnergyNew Orleans
Kevin MurphyReno BighornsUtah Jazz
Daniel OrtonTulsa 66ersOklahoma City
Dexter PittmanSioux Falls SkyforceMiami
Miles PlumleeFort Wayne Mad AntsIndiana
Robert SacreL.A. D-FendersL.A.
Nolan SmithIdahoPortland

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What is It?

The NBA Development League Showcase, now in its ninth consecutive year, is a yearly event that brings together every team in the NBA D-League, allowing scouts and executives from the NBA and around the globe to see more than 150 NBA prospects all in one place. No other basketball scouting event in the world can boast the talent and intensity of the Showcase.

How is it structured?

Each day of the four-day will feature four games, bringing the total to 16 from Monday through Thursday. Each team will play two games over four days.

How can I watch?

NBA TV will be broadcasting 14 games – nine of them live, five on tape-delay – directly from Reno, while, for the first time ever, CBS Sports Network will show two games and the Slam Dunk/3-Point Contests. Fans can also watch games in streaming video on NBADLeague.com powered by Youtube, thanks to a landmark partnership. And now, thanks to NBA D-League Center Court, the league’s official app, fans can stream games live from anywhere.

Center Court also brings fans the latest news, scores, stats and more from the NBA Development League.

What are scouts looking for?

Here’s where the event differs from an AAU event. NBA teams generally have a crew of players who can score the ball. When scouts come to the Showcase, they’re looking for ballplayers who can play a role on a squad. Players who can shut down their opponents, get the ball and give the starting five a rest without sacrificing quality on the court. Elite defense, rebounding and passing -- not to mention sheer athleticism -- remain the priorities, though there are spots for the very versatile.

Why should I care?

For NBA fans, the Showcase is a glimpse into the future. From role players to budding stars, legions of NBA players have come through the Showcase before earning a spot in the bigtime.

And if the NBA D-League is built on dreams, the Showcase is the kick. When Friday’s over, you either wake up and find that you’re where you started, or open your eyes to a whole new world.

Is this really an open audition for all the players in the league?

Yes. Mostly. The only people who aren’t open game are the players down in the league on assignment, which gives scouts almost 150 players to choose from.

Who should I be watching?

Every NBA team has different needs, and going into the weekend, we count more than half the league as having a legitimate chances to earn a Call-Up either at Showcase or sometime in the next two weeks. The available spots number far fewer than that, however, which makes for some of the year's best competition anywhere.

Click here for the list of Top 30 Prospects.

2013 Showcase Schedule

Monday, Jan. 7, 2013
Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. Los Angeles D-Fenders, 1 pm ETNBA TV (Live)
Idaho Stampede vs. Texas Legends, 3:45pm ETNBA TV (Live)
Sioux Falls Skyforce vs. Bakersfield Jam, 6:30pm ETNBA TV (Tape Delay: Airing 1/8, 11 a.m. ET)
Reno Bighorns vs. Springfield Armor, 10pm ETCBS SPORTS NETWORK (Live)
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013
Austin Toros vs. Santa Cruz Warriors, 1 pm ETNBA TV (Live)
Canton Charge vs. Idaho Stampede, 3:45pm ETNBA TV (Live)
Maine Red Claws vs. Tulsa 66ers, 6:30pm ETNBA TV (Tape Delay: Airing 1/9, 11 a.m. ET)
Los Angeles D-Fenders vs. Iowa Energy, 10pm ETCBS SPORTS NETWORK(Live)
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013
Fort Wayne Mad Ants vs. Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 1 pm ETNBA TV (Live)
Springfield Armor vs. Sioux Falls Skyforce, 3:45pm ETNBA TV (Live)
Bakersfield Jam vs. Maine Red Claws, 6:30pm ETNBA TV (Tape Delay: Airing 1/10, 11 a.m. ET)
Slam Dunk & 3-Point CompetitionsCBS SPORTS NETWORK (Tape Delay: Airing 1/10, 7 p.m. ET)
Erie BayHawks vs. Reno Bighorns, 11:30pm ETNBA TV (Tape Delay: Airing 1/11, 11 a.m. ET)
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013
Tulsa 66ers vs. Fort Wayne Mad Ants 1 pm ETNBA TV (Live)
Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Canton Charge, 3:45pm ETNBA TV (Live)
Iowa Energy vs. Austin Toros, 6:30pm ETNBA TV (Tape Delay: Airing 1/10, 8 p.m. ET)
Texas Legends vs. Erie BayHawks, 10pm ETNBA TV (Live)
SCHEDULE | *All times Eastern
Live NBA TV games will be shown on YouTube on a 30-minute delay; NBA TV tape-delayed games will be shown live


Lessons in Lingo

Prospect: Any player who’s playing ball in the NBA D-League that isn’t under contract with an NBA team – or, in other words, every single player in the league that isn’t on assignment.

Call-Up: A GATORADE Call-Up occurs when an NBA team signs a player from the NBA D-League to a contract. Often, big league teams will extend 10-day contracts to Call-Ups, but others have secured yearlong deals. For the list of call-ups from this year, click here.

Assignment: When an NBA team sends a player under contract down to their NBA D-League affiliate. For more on a record-breaking pace of assignments, click here.