The NBA Development League is a bit watered down right now as the majority of the best players are either just returning to the D-League or still holding out hope that they can make it past the training camp roster and on to the regular season. Two of those players may have convinced someone they belong in the big leagues during Sunday's preseason action, too, as Greg Stiemsma and Terrel Harris both stood out in their preseason debuts.
Harris probably doesn't get enough credit here at Ridiculous Upside, in part due to his averaging less than 10 points per game over three seasons in the D-League, but the 6-foot-5 guard put himself on the map with Sunday's shooting performance in a blowout victory with the Miami Heat.
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers sharpshooter made 4-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc to finish with 16 points, second on the team to some guy named LeBron James who scored 19 points in the 118-85 victory over the Orlando Magic. Fellow D-Leaguers/Heat camp invites Jeremy Wise and Mickell Gladness chipped in four points apiece while former D-League Derrick Byars scored 12 points in a return to relevance.
Stiemsma's box score wasn't quite that impressive, however, as the Sioux Falls Skyforce center was credited for just two points on 1-of-3 shooting in his four minutes of action with the Boston Celtics. The 7-footer made the most of his minutes, though, as he recorded three offensive rebounds leading to the game-winning bucket shown below.
There were quite a few other camp invites that made their NBA (preseason) debuts on Sunday that might soon end up in the D-League -- either as returning players or by way of this rule -- too. A quick rundown of some of their performances:
Jerome Randle, the waterbug guard out of Cal, record five points and two assists in his preseason debut with the Dallas Mavericks while making 1-of-4 from the field ... Drew Neitzel, the former Michigan State point guard, missed his only shot attempt while joining Randle as a Mavs' training camp invite ... Gilbert Brown, a rookie out of Pittsburgh and Celtics camp invite, missed all three of his shot attempts and and record a -11 +/- in his 11:38 of court time ... Ryan Reid, a former Tulsa 66er and second round draft pick of the Oklahoma City Thunder, somehow record a -9 in less than two minutes of playing time while not attempting a shot ... Michael Sweetney, Jamal Sampson, Gabe Pruitt, Billy White and Anthony Goods all recorded DNPs in their team's first game of the preseason.
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