From Shaun Livingston to Tony Parker, here is the history of notable minor-league rehab assignments on the hardwood.
October 2017: Tony Parker, Austin Spurs (Practice)
The San Antonio Spurs assigned their four-time champion guard to the Austin Spurs for practice as part of his rehab from offseason quad surgery.
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November 2016: Nerlens Noel, Delaware 87ers
Five weeks after being ruled out with an inflamed plica above his left knee, Sixers center Nerlens Noel was assigned to the Delaware 87ers to continue his rehab.
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December 2015: Brandon Jennings, Grand Rapids Drive
Jennings became perhaps the most established NBA vet to begin rehab from a major injury with NBA G League game action. The six-year vet and former lottery pick suffered a torn left Achilles tendon in January 2015, then returned with the Grand Rapids Drive on Dec. 19, posting 11 points and 12 assists in 27 minutes.
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January 2015: Festus Ezeli, Santa Cruz Warriors
Before he became a key piece to the Warriors' championship squad, Ezeli worked his way back from knee surgery during two games in Reno, Nev. Playing in back-to-back games in one weekend, he combined for 20 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks in 41 minutes.
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December 2014: Marcus Smart, Maine Red Claws
Smart, the Celtics' sixth overall pick, was sidelined with a sprain ankle for 10 games through November. After a rusty return to the big-league squad, he joined fellow first-rounder James Young for a game in Portland, Maine, posting six points and seven assists in 29 minutes.
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January 2014: CJ McCollum, Idaho Stampede
McCollum has become a rising star in Portland, but he actually made his pro debut in Boise, Idaho. With the Blazers' then-affiliate, the Idaho Stampede, the 10th overall pick scored 13 points in 17 minutes in his debut, then dropped 24 the next night to bounce back from a broken foot.
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January 2012: Eric Bledsoe, Bakersfield Jam
Then a Clipper, Bledsoe missed the early portion of the season after undergoing knee surgery. He returned in Bakersfield, Calif., where the 22-year-old posted 25 points and 17 assists in 43 minutes over two games.
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December 2009: Patty Mills, Idaho Stampede
The eventual Spurs spark plug began his career on a low note, fracturing his foot at Summer League before his rookie year with the Blazers. He debuted with a bang: 38 points in his first game with the Stampede, then a game-winner in his second game two days later.
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March 2009: Shaun Livingston, Tulsa 66ers
Livingston's career was on the brink when he joined the Tulsa 66ers two years after suffering his devastating knee injury. (Unlike the others on this list, he was a free agent rather than an assigned NBA player.)
But 11 games with Tulsa rejuvenated the former lottery pick; he was soon called up to the affiliate Thunder and, six years later, became an NBA champion with the Warriors.
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January 2014: Rajon Rondo, Maine Red Claws (Practice)
Rondo participated in a workout in Portland, Maine, on the road back from a torn ACL. He made his season debut with the Celtics two days later.
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December 2012: Kawhi Leonard, Austin Toros (Practice)
During his second season, Leonard practiced with the Toros (since renamed the Spurs) while recovering from quadriceps tendinitis in his knee.
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December 2012: Amar'e Stoudemire, Erie BayHawks (Practice)
After missing the first 30 games of the season with a knee injury, Stoudemire was assigned from the Knicks to the BayHawks so he could practice with the team. The Knicks recalled him four days later, and he made his season debut 10 days after that.