10 Intriguing Players To Watch In The 2017 NBA D-League Playoffs
Published on April 2, 2017
By Lee Altman, NBADLeague.com
Kay Felder (Canton Charge)
Felder has been downright dominant during his time in the NBA D-League this season. If the Cavs decided to assign Felder to the Charge during the playoffs, he is definitely a player to look out for. Felder has averaged about 30 points and six assists per game.
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Larry Sanders (Canton Charge)
Sanders is a behemoth, at 6-11 and 230 lbs. In 2012-13 as a member of the Bucks, he averaged just under 10 points and 10 rebounds a game. Now as a member of the Cavs, he has been assigned to the Charge twice. If he is available for the Charge’s playoff run, he has the potential to dominate on both sides of the floor.
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Tyler Hansbrough (Fort Wayne Mad Ants)
Hansbrough is a seven-year NBA veteran with 44 NBA postseason games under his belt. Hansbrough recently joined the Mad Ants after several months away from professional basketball. He has been averaging about 16 points and 12 rebounds per 33 minutes since joining Fort Wayne.
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Guershon Yabusele (Maine Red Claws)
Yabusele, also know as the Dancing Bear, has drawn comparisons to Draymond Green and his fellow countryman, Boris Diaw. He is a brawny forward with nimble footwork and skilled coordination. Yabusele recently finished a stint playing for the Shanghai Sharks in China before recently joining the Red Claws. He could be a huge addition to an already talented Red Claws team.
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Abdel Nader (Maine Red Claws)
The Celtics second-round pick in this year’s draft, Nader has been spectacular on the offensive end. The rookie is averaging 21.5 points per game, which is good for seventh best in the league.
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Damian Jones (Santa Cruz Warriors)
At only 21 years old, Damian Jones plays more like a vet than a rookie. Jones was Golden State's first-round draft pick and would need to be assigned to play for Santa Cruz. He has been averaging 10.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He is also 5th in the league in total blocks, averaging 2 per game.
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Gary Payton II (Rio Grande Valley Vipers)
The son of the Hall of Famer has been living up to his namesake this season in the D-League. Payton has been a dynamic player, averaging about 14 points and 3 assists on the offensive end, while snagging almost 5 rebounds and 2 steals per game on the defensive end.
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Josh Magette (Los Angeles D-Fenders)
Magette is a consummate floor general, dishing out almost 10 assists per game, and the most total assists in the D-League this season. In addition, Magette is averaging a career-high 16.1 ppg.
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Dakari Johnson (Oklahoma City Blue)
Johnson is just one of the latest talented former University of Kentucky big men to dominate at the professional level. Johnson has led the OKC Blue in his second season, averaging almost 19 points and 9 rebounds per game.
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Edy Tavares (Raptors 905)
At 7-2 and 260 lbs, Tavares is the proverbial bull in the china shop. Tavares protects the rim, swatting shots at a clip of 2.7 per game and racking up the most total blocks in the D-League. His rim protection has anchored the league's best defense and helped the 905 compile the league's best record.