By Chris Priczak
he NBA D-League has come a long way since the inception of the league back in 2001. When the inaugural season kicked off, the league had eight teams: the Asheville Altitude, North Charleston Lowgators, Columbus Riverdragons, Fayetteville Patriots, Greenville Groove, Huntsville Flight, Mobile Revelers, and Roanoke Dazzle.
With the Greensboro Swarm, Long Island Nets, and Windy City Bulls entering the NBADL for the 2016-17 season, the league now stands at 22 teams. The Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, and Los Angeles Clippers have been in discussions about adding a team to the NBA D-League.
NBA executives, presidents, and NBA D-League general mangers are embracing the positives of the NBA developmental league. While eight teams are without a NBA D-League affiliate, teams and general managers scout the NBADL to find contributors and diamonds in the rough.
During the New York Knicks’ 90-88 preseason victory over the Washington Wizards, Allan Houston, the general manager of the Westchester Knicks, gave his thoughts on the benefits of the NBA D-League.
“Well, really what you just want to do is provide an environment for players to develop and get better,“ Allan Houston said to Al Trautwig of the MSG Network. “And when they come into training camp, for the guys that don’t get a lot of playing time, you want it to be as seamless as possible. And then you have guys who come into the D-League and they’re looking for a showcase.“
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