NEW YORK, April 21, 2017 – Canton Charge guard John Holland today was named the 2016-17 NBA Development League Impact Player of the Year, as voted on by the league’s 22 head coaches. The award recognizes a player who joined an NBA D-League team after Nov. 25, 2016, and made the greatest contribution to his team’s success following that in-season acquisition.
Holland (6-5, 205, Boston University), who appeared in 37 games for Canton last season, rejoined the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA D-League affiliate on Dec. 9, 2016, when the Charge had a 5-7 record. After Holland’s arrival, the Charge went 24-14 the rest of the way to finish with a 29-21 record. Canton earned the fourth seed in the NBA D-League Eastern Conference Playoffs, losing to Raptors 905 in the conference semifinals.
For the season, Holland averaged 22.9 points (seventh in the league), 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in a league-high 38.8 minutes per game. He also shot 48.1 percent from the field in 37 games.
Holland, 28, signed with the Boston Celtics before the 2016 NBA Playoffs and made his NBA debut in the first round against the Atlanta Hawks. He appeared in three preseason games for the Cavaliers in October 2016.
After spending four years at Boston University, Holland played professionally in France, Spain and Turkey. He also represented the Puerto Rican national team in 2011.
All-Time NBA D-League Impact Players of the Year
John Holland (Canton Charge, 2016-17)
Ryan Gomes (Los Angeles D-Fenders, 2015-16)
Jerel McNeal (Bakersfield Jam, 2014-15)
Ike Diogu (Bakersfield Jam, 2013-14)
Rasual Butler (Tulsa 66ers, 2012-13)
Eric Dawson (Austin Toros, 2011-12)
Jeff Adrien (Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 2010-11)
Brian Butch (Bakersfield Jam, 2009-10)
Eddie Gill (Colorado 14ers, 2008-09)
Morris Almond (Utah Flash, 2007-08)