By Gregory Crawford---TV, Radio and Print Basketball Analyst---on twitter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt
D-League---- While everyone is excited for the start of the NBA season this week, many people are also excited for the start of the NBA Development League on November 14th.
The Development League has turned into a tremendous business property for the NBA and as of recent years, a huge success. With the season starting on the 14th, the regular season will end on April 4th.
18 teams make up the D-League, with all but one having a dedicated affiliation with one NBA team. Ironically the defending champion Fort Wayne Mad Ants is the only team in the league who works with multiple NBA teams.
Starting the 2013-14 NBA season, 103 players with D-League experience were on NBA rosters. That number could rise this year, as final NBA starting rosters for 2014-15 will be out this week.
One of the real highlights of the D-League season is its Showcase event, which is attended by almost every prominent front office person in the NBA. This year, the Showcase moves from Reno to Santa Cruz on January 15th-19th. The Santa Cruz Warriors are the D-League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors.
Obviously the D-League is great for basketball and another golden opportunity for many players to reach their dream of playing in the NBA.
Small College Hoops----Do not forget the Portland Metro Small College Hoops Show tonight in its usual time of 9:30 PDT on blog talk radio. To listen to this exciting and informative show, the link is http://tobtr.com/s/6951847.
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