Baron Davis Isn’t the First NBA Vet to Make an NBA D-League Comeback

By Jack Maloney | March 4, 2016

The NBA D-League is normally a league for young players looking to prove they belong at the next level. But as these guys have shown us, it’s not just a young man’s league. Here are some of the notable NBA veterans who played in the NBA Development League.

Ricky Davis


Davis was known for getting buckets during his NBA career, and that didn’t change when he suited up in the NBA D-League. Back in 2013-14, after a stint in Puerto Rico, Davis returned to the States, joining up with the Erie BayHawks. Over 40 games with the club, Davis averaged over 13 points a game.

Mike James


Mike James had nearly two dozen stops in his professional basketball career, a few of which were in the NBA D-League. Just last season, in fact, James played for the Texas Legends, a stint which included an impressive triple-double of 21 points, 14 assists, and 10 rebounds.

Tyrus Thomas


Tyrus Thomas had a good, solid career, playing for the Chicago Bulls and the Charlotte Bobcats from 2006-2013. But after a year out of the game, the big man decided he wanted back in. So, he started where many players start: the NBA D-League. Thomas spent a good portion of the 2015 season with the Energy, and was most recently playing in Germany.

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