The very nature of the NBA Development League lends itself to assignments and recalls for players who are affiliated with an NBA team. Oftentimes a player may spend one night with the big league squad before jetting back to the Development League for a game with the team affiliate the next day.
NBA teams can assign players with less than three years of service to their NBA D-League affiliates an unlimited number of times throughout the season. The NBA team maintains the assigned player’s rights and can recall that player at any time.
So far this season (through Dec. 10) there have been 82 assignments of 40 different players across the league. And during that time, many of those players have shined with their NBA D-League affiliates.
Take a look at some of their highlights through the first month of the season.
Five First-Round 2015 NBA Draft Picks
Assignment Report: NBA D-League assignments have become part of the rookie experience, and not just for second-rounders. Last season, 14 first-round NBA Draft picks appeared in Development League action.
Five first-rounders from this past June’s draft have been assigned this season: Cameron Payne (No. 14), Terry Rozier (No. 16), Delon Wright (No. 20), Justin Anderson (No. 21) and Tyus Jones (No. 24).
Boban Marjanovic, Center, San Antonio/Austin Spurs
Assignment Report: If NBA fans didn’t know what the 7-foot-3 three-time Serbian league MVP could do, Marjanovic offered a glimpse on December 5 in Austin. The Reno Bighorns had no answer for Boban, who put up 34 points on 16-of-18 shooting and added 13 rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes.
With the big-league Spurs two days later, he put up 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting in just 17 minutes.
Jordan Mickey, Forward, Celtics/Red Claws
Assignment Report: Mickey has been on a tear during his stint with the Maine Red Claws. The former LSU standout has translated his elite shot blocking ability to the professional level. Through nine games he’s averaging 4.3 blocks per game, a mark that leads the NBA D-League.
Mickey is also averaging a cool 19.4 points and 11.3 rebounds per game with Maine.
Jarnell Stokes, Forward, Heat/Skyforce
Assignment Report: The former University of Tennessee force has excelled this year with Sioux Falls, putting up dominant and efficient numbers on the offensive end of the floor.
Stokes is averaging 19.2 points and 9.6 rebounds to go along with a 61.7 field goal percentage. Oh, and he’s also averaging 1.4 steals per game.
Bruno Caboclo, Forward, Raptors 905
Assignment Report: The buzz around Bruno on draft night by one prognosticator was that he was “two years away from being two years away.” But the Toronto Raptors continue to believe in his abilities.
The 20-year-old has shown flashes during his time in the Development League, and he’s been able to put together a solid season this far in Mississauga. Caboclo is averaging 13.5 points and 6.4 rebounds for Raptors 905.
K.J. McDaniels, Forward, Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Assignment Report: McDaniels may have the most NBA experience out of all of the players highlighted here, but he’s still in a position with the Rockets where he’s seen as a valuable asset who, with a clogged wing rotation, is best used developing his craft in the RGV now.
He’s shown that he’s capable of being a solid rotation player at the next level, but until then, why not get some run? In four games with the Vipers he’s averaging 15.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
Anthony Brown, Guard, Los Angeles D-Fenders
Joe Harris, Guard, Canton Charge
Assignment Report: Harris has spent some time with the Cavaliers during his young career, but he’s been up and down between Canton and Cleveland during that period. The Virginia product has continued to hone his guard skills in five games with the Charge this season.
He’s averaging a cool 16.4 points, 2.8 assists and 5.8 boards per game.