Jerome Jordan - Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE
As various assigned prospects look to make their respective marks in the D-League, a few noteworthy free agents with NBA experience have returned to the minors in hopes of giving everyone else a run for their money.
The D-League Showcase must be around the corner, as NBADL veterans are coming back from overseas for another tour of duty. The latest batch of players to join up is composed of talented big men who are guaranteed to shake up the prospect lists and wreak havoc on opposing teams.
Kyle Goldcamp - 6'10" 250lbs - 26 - Erie BayHawks
Goldcamp is the kind of story that many have gotten behind. He made the BayHawks' roster as an open tryout player during the 2009-10 season, and parlayed that into a NBA training camp invite with the Cleveland Cavaliers two years later.
After playing in the summer league with the Knicks and a short stint overseas, he's now back for a 4th season with the BayHawks, looking to make the final jump to the Association.
Last year, the Gannon product averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds in the D-League. He shot a solid 59% from the floor and logged 16 double-double performances. Goldcamp quickly earned a reputation for being an energy guy.
He gets up and down the floor well, plays hard in the paint and keeps the boards clean. His strong presence around the rim gives him opportunities for second chance points. He is capable of taking over a game and quickly filling up the stat sheets.
Vernon Macklin - 6'10" 227lbs - 26 - Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Macklin plays a big game. His gigantic 7'4" wingspan makes him a formidable presence in the paint. The big man has a solid right handed hook shoot, which serves as his main scoring weapon. He is not a perimeter threat and does scoring around the rim with hyper-aggressive play. That said, Macklin still rebounds well and scores frequently on second chance opportunities.
Defensively, the former second-round pick uses his wingspan to force players to adjust their shots. Able to defend the post well, the newest Viper knows how post-up well, as well as grab defensive rebounds with ease.
Spending last season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Macklin averaged 14 points and 14 rebounds in ten games played.
Expect to see Macklin put up similar numbers with the Vipers.
Jerome Jordan - 7'0" 240lbs - 26 - Reno Bighorns
Jordan is no stranger to the D-League. He played for Erie last year as an assignment player from the New York Knicks. In 5 games, he averaged 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots per game. The Tulsa product returned to the NBADL during the playoffs and put up an impressive 19.7 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks per contest through the first round.
He had a strong showing with the Knicks in their summer league camp, and played well with limited minutes with the Memphis Grizzlies during their training camp in the fall. The big man has platooned overseas at various points in his career, but now looks poised to make another run at The Association.