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  1. Rockets send Hasheem Thabeet to D-League

    Mar 21, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    THABEET_HASHEEM

    Hasheem Thabeet is back in the D-League. It’s as good an option as the Rockets had. They acquired Thabeet — 7’3” former No. 2 overall pick out of Connecticut — in the Shane Battier trade but they were not playing him. He’s been on the court a total of 4 minutes since the trade. But…

  2. Rio Grande Valley Vipers sign former Duke guard Jon Scheyer

    Feb 18, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Jon Scheyer

    Jon Scheyer was never a surefire NBA player to begin with, a point made crystal clear when he went undrafted last summer. That said, Scheyer still seemed like an interesting prospect, even if he’s fairly limited in terms of athleticism. As a tall combo guard who can initiate offense and his outside shots consistently, Scheyer…

  3. Rockets’ Ish Smith assigned to the D-League

    Jan 17, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Ishmael Smith

    Ish Smith had enough draft red flags coming out of Wake Forest that he wasn’t selected at all in this past summer’s draft, but by now there should be no doubt that Smith is a legitimate NBA prospect. Smith may not have exploded onto the scene with his first chances at legitimate playing time, but…

  4. Sneak a peek at two D-League teams' ad-bearing unis

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

    Yesterday the D-League’s Erie BayHawks and Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced that they would add sponsor advertisements to their team uniforms for the coming season. Now, thanks to NBA.com (via Scott Schroeder of FanHouse), we have our first look at the D-League’s walking billboards: According to Schroeder, the WNBA’s jersey ad model scored participating franchises…

  5. Two D-League teams to sport jersey ads this season

    Aug 2, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    In a delightful “choose your own commercial subtext” move, two D-League teams have decided to sport ads on their uniforms beginning in the ’10-’11 season. The WNBA opened the door for this kind of development by doing the same last season, though it’s still rather unlikely that NBA teams will ever play along. The NBA…

  6. Phoenix Suns could be next to board the D-League gravy train

    Apr 15, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    According to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, the Phoenix Suns are interested in creating a new D-League team to operate out of Prescott Valley, AZ. That’s a big move in itself, and a signal of just how far the D-League has come this season. Having the resources to develop players on the minor league…

  7. How good is Calipari at developing NBA talent? Ask the Thunder's newest player.

    Feb 21, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Coach John Calipari of Kentucky has produced two top-two players out of the last two drafts, and likely the last two Rookie of the Year award winners. He’s likely to have three of his players in the top ten this year (John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson). And if you need any further proof of…

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