-NBA D-League Virtual Scout Provides Users with the Opportunity to Evaluate Talent and Predict Future NBA Stars -
The NBA Development League has launched a brand new NBA D-League Virtual Scout, a first-of-its-kind fantasy game available on NBA.com/dleague. This unique interactive game puts fans in the role of an NBA scout, evaluating player talent and projecting future NBA stars. The game highlights the NBA D-League's unique GATORADE Call-Up system, which allows NBA teams to sign top NBA D-League performers to contracts throughout the season.
NBA D-League Virtual Scout will allow players to:
• Test their skills as an NBA scout by selecting five current NBA D-League players on a monthly basis who they think have the best opportunity to be called up to the NBA during each month of the season;
• Evaluate players with up-to-date statistics and video highlight packages posted on NBA.com/dleague to determine those that have the best shot to be the next NBA D-League GATORADE Call-Up;
• The opportunity to win monthly prizes for picking GATORADE Call-Ups;
• Enter to win a grand-prize trip to watch NBA scouts and GM’s in action at the 2010 NBA Draft for one lucky participant at the end of the season.
“The NBA D-League plays an integral role in the journey of many future NBA stars,” said Dan Reed, President NBA Development League. “Last season alone, 20 percent or approximately one in five of all NBA players on season ending rosters had experience in our league. This first-of-its-kind fantasy game is the perfect way to put the talent of NBA D-League players on display while giving fans an inside look at how the scouting and GATORADE Call-Up processes work.”
During the 2008-09 season, an all-time-high 20 NBA D-League players earned GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA a total of 24 times. At the end of last season, a total of 93 players had earned 143 GATORADE Call-Ups since the league was founded in 200.
NBA D-League Virtual Scout players will be required to sign up for a free NBA All-Access Membership to participate. Users are eligible to sign up to play throughout the entire NBA D-League season. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.