NBA eyes will shift to Santa Cruz, Calif., on Wednesday as the NBA Development League convenes for the 12th installment of its marquee event.
The five-day, 19-game NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung tips off with a four-game slate. Here’s what you need to know:
Game 1: Canton Charge vs. Idaho Stampede — 1 PM ET (NBA TV)
Game 2: Westchester Knicks vs. Texas Legends — 3:30 PM ET (NBA TV)
Game 3: Delaware 87ers vs. Oklahoma City Blue — 8 PM ET (YouTube)
Game 4: Iowa Energy vs. Austin Spurs — 10:30 PM ET (YouTube)
Players to Watch
Game 1: Quinn Cook, Guard, Canton Charge
The path to the Association isn’t as easy for an undersized guard like Cook compared to his highly touted Duke teammates, Jahlil Okafor and Justice Winslow. But Cook has adjusted nicely to the pros, leading the Charge in scoring (17.8 PPG) and assists (4.6 APG). It’s his point guard skills (4.6 assists-to-2.4 turnovers per game) and jump shot (37% 3FG) that could make him a ready-made NBA role player.
Game 2: Jimmer Fredette, Guard, Westchester Knicks
Jimmer Time has come often during Fredette’s NBADL comeback attempt. Perhaps the league’s most familiar name, the former collegiate sensation is not just scoring like he’s back at BYU, but he’s doing so efficiently: 23.7 points (fourth in the league) with a 51/48/92 shooting slash line. NBA scouts, however, will be looking to see how the rest of Fredette’s game has evolved during his trip back west.
Game 3: Sean Kilpatrick, Guard, Delaware 87ers
Few if any prospects have been as locked in since the season tipped off as Kilpatrick. After earning a very brief taste of the NBA as a rookie, the sweet-shooting 2-guard has looked like a player desperate to get to the next level. He’s scored at least 19 points in 17 of 20 games, making at least three three-pointers in 14 of 20 while shooting 45% from deep.
Game 4: Andrew Harrison, Guard, Iowa Energy
Another familiar college name, Harrison is still just 21 and now developing under the Grizzlies’ watch. He’s one of six second-round NBA Draft picks who opted to sign an NBA D-League rather than an NBA contract, joining Memphis’ affiliate in Iowa. Key for Harrison will be learning how to balance the 1 and 2 positions, and learning to play under control against more experienced players.
Who’s On Assignment from the NBA?
Cristiano Felicio (Chicago Bulls to Canton Charge), CJ Wilcox (Los Angeles Clippers to Canton Charge), Josh Huestis (Oklahoma City Thunder to Oklahoma City Blue), Jarell Martin (Memphis Grizzlies to Iowa Energy)