More than 30% of players on Opening Night NBA rosters had NBA Developmental League experience, which is an all-time high. Over the first two weeks of the season, some of the more notable D-League alums are off to great starts in the big league.
Hassan Whiteside, Center, Miami Heat
Whiteside stormed onto the NBA scene last year, putting up monster numbers for the Miami Heat. The Iowa Energy Call-Up has continued to excel this season. He notched the first 20-point, 10-rebound and 5-block game in the 2015-2016 NBA season recently.
Dwight Powell, Forward, Dallas Mavericks
Powell spent time last season playing with the Texas Legends before eventually landing a more permanent spot with the Dallas Mavericks. This season, he’s provided a spark off the bench as a backup big man. He’s averaging 11.1 points and 21 minutes per game.
Clint Capela, Forward/Center, Houston Rockets
Capela surfaced in the NBA limelight last season during the Rockets’ postsesason run, and the former RGV Viper seems to have found a home. The Swiss product is averaging 8.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for Houston.
Kent Bazemore, Guard/Forward, Atlanta Hawks
The “Bazed God” once starred for the Santa Cruz Warriors before he took his talents to the Atlanta Hawks. Now he’s a key part of the successful Hawks’ rotation. In fact, Bazemore is starting for Atlanta. He’s averaging 11.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Tyler Johnson, Guard, Miami Heat
Johnson played well after a Call-Up to the Miami Heat last season and has continued to contribute quality minutes in his second season. The former Skyforce guard is averaging 7.3 points per game in just over 19 minutes of action per night.
Langston Galloway, Guard, Westchester Knicks
Galloway’s performances with the Westchester Knicks made it impossible for the New York Knicks not to give him a shot. And boy has it paid off. Galloway is averaging 12.3 points per game and is shooting an incredible 62.1% from distance.
Jeremy Lamb, Guard, Charlotte Hornets
Lamb has come a long way from his time with the Tulsa 66ers. Fresh off a contract extension with the Hornets, Lamb is proving his worth so far this season. He’s averaging a career-best 13 points per game coming off the bench for Charlotte.