Here’s a look at some of the players who made the most of their D-League assignments in December to fine-tune their games and produce high-quality minutes.
Ivica Zubac – C, Los Angeles D-Fenders (Los Angeles Lakers)
17.5 points, 10.7 rebounds, 61.3 FG%
The D-Fenders went 4-2 in Zubac’s six December games, as the big Croatian logged three double-doubles in the month.
Zubac also set season highs in points (22) and rebounds (16) in separate December games, both wins. His offensive touch looks refined and his size is certainly a problem. Once Zubac’s defense and rim-protecting improve, the 19-year-old has a chance to earn himself some court time at Staples Center with the Lakers.
Joel Bolomboy – F, Salt Lake City Stars (Utah Jazz)
21 points, 15.8 rebounds, 55.2 FG%
Bolomboy led the league in rebounding in December, including a 23-point, 23-rebound game against the Legends.
Listed at just 6’7, Bolomboy has been a beast on the boards this season for the Stars this season. The only thing holding him back is a crowded frontcourt in Utah that includes Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors and Trey Lyles.
Chris McCullough – F, Long Island Nets (Brooklyn Nets)
20.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 41.2 3PT%
The lanky forward from Syracuse has been attacking the boards lately, averaging nearly double-digits for the month of December.
Thanks to the short commute (the teams both play at Barclays Center), expect McCullough to keep developing with the minor league club and for his role to expand as Brooklyn’s season winds on.
Bryn Forbes – G, Austin Spurs (San Antonio Spurs)
28 points, 60.7 FG%, 3 3-pointers
Among players who played more than five games in December, Bryan Forbes finished second in scoring for the month behind Pierre Jackson, who has since been called up to the Dallas Mavericks.
The young guard also shot a scorching field goal percentage and is just one injury away from logging big minutes on a championship-caliber team in San Antonio.
Stanley Johnson – G, Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons)
26 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists
Stanley Johnson was assigned to the NBA D-League for one game and he made the most of it. The 20-year-old scored 26 points in 37 minutes for the Drive, while adding five rebounds and four assists.