Here’s a look at some former NBA Development League players who are helping their current NBA teams.
Welcome back, Jeremy Lin! Sidelined due to a hamstring injury since Nov. 2, Lin made his return after missing 17 games. He posted 10 points and seven assists in his first game back against the Rockets and should resume his normal starting point guard role shortly.
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The tremendous breakout of Tim Frazier continues to rage on. Frazier posted his first career triple-double against the Phoenix Suns, dropping a 14-11-11 stat line off the bench. Frazier hasn't slowed down since fellow point guard Jrue Holiday has come back.
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Brooklyn's Sean Kilpatrick continues to be a model of consistency, having scored in double-figures in 10 of his last 11 games. The guard is also averaging 17 points per game in December, the best scoring month of his career.
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One of four players on the Heat who appeared with their affiliate in Sioux Falls, Johnson has found his stride off the bench. The third-year guard is averaging 13.8 points and shooting 38% from three this month.
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Two-time NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year DeAndre Liggins has been an important piece to the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers lately. He logged his first NBA start as a substitute for an injured JR Smith earlier this month and has now started four of the last five games. On a loaded team, his role is simple - just play tight defense and flow effortlessly into the high-powered Cavs offense.
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While it looked bleak for the Memphis Grizzlies after starting point guard Mike Conley got injured, they've actually been rolling of late thanks to the contributions of some D-League alums. The Grizzlies have won seven of their last eight games and have gotten solid minutes from the likes of Andrew Harrison (pictured), JaMychal Green, Troy Daniels and James Ennis.
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After a slow start to his career in New Orleans, Langston Galloway has found his groove lately. The combo guard had a career-high 26 points on Dec. 5 and it has spurned a hot stretch in which he is averaging 17.8 points per game over his last 5 games.