In The Market For A Point Guard? The NBA D-League Might Have What NBA Teams Are Looking For

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There are plenty of serviceable point guard options currently in the NBA D-League, and depending on the specific needs for inquiring NBA teams, the NBADL may be able to provide teams with the perfect backcourt stopgap.

The NBA D-League may be the best alternative for NBA teams looking to add backcourt depth as we reach the midpoint of the season. With the growing amount of untimely injuries, and teams on the search to find temporary solutions for their specific needs, the current pool of NBADL point guards are likely getting heavy looks from interested NBA teams.

There is no doubt that the NBA D-League is a guard-driven league, however, there is a wide array of point guards each with their own specific skill set. In an effort to play matchmaker for NBA teams perhaps looking to the D-League for point guard, here is a breakdown of some of the top point guard prospects in the NBADL, classified by their specialized services.

All-Around Guys

Shelvin Mack (Maine Red Claws) - Mack received opportunities with the Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers earlier this season, however, the former Butler guard is looking another chance to join an NBA roster. Mack's name has been mentioned quite a bit ever since the Boston Celtics lost yet another player in their injury plagued first half of the season. As a member of the Celtics' D-League affiliate, Mack is more than ready if he were to get the "call" for his services.

Mack has been impressive so far this season in the NBA D-League, and his leadership qualities are evident whenever he is running the point for the Red Claws. Mack is averaging 19.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 7.3 assists. His efficiency rating is 20.6, and his ability to contribute in many different aspects of the game allows Mack to be considered not only one of the top point guard prospects, but a top overall prospect in the NBA D-League.

Call-Up Chances: Very Likely

Jerel McNeal (Bakersfield Jam) - In eight of McNeal's last nine contests he has scored 20 points or more. His added offensive weaponry has complimented his already astute defensive game, and NBA teams should be taking notice. McNeal has helped guide the Jam to the best overall record for the first half of the season.

Our very own Keith Schlosser, made the case for McNeal to be up for M.V.P. consideration given his impressive first half numbers and results. It is hard to argue against this notion as McNeal continues to roll, however, if he can somehow lower his turnovers, the guard may very well be on his way to a Call-Up.

Call-Up Chances: Moderate

Scoring Threats

Andrew Goudelock (Rio Grande Valley Vipers) - Goudelock is averaging 19.2 points thus far this season, and his offensive game has seemed to flourish as a member of the Rockets' affiliate. Despite the often noted combo guard explaining his desire to grow his game, which he has accomplished in terms of passing and getting teammates involved, his greatest strength still lies in his scoring abilities. Playing with an extremely talented bunch for RGV, Goudelock will have ample opportunity in the second half of the season to add to his already impressive quality as a scoring point guard.

Call-Up Chances: Moderate

Justin Dentmon (Texas Legends) - Just last night, Dentmon led the Legends to a big win over the aforementioned Goudelock's Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Dentmon exploded for 32 points, and it was the fourth time in his last five outings that he has managed to score over 30 points. Dentmon has seemed to have found a rhythm, and looks to be more like the player who won the NBA D-League MVP last season. If an NBA team is in search of instant offense, Dentmon is perhaps the guy.

Call-Up Chances: Moderate to Unlikely

Dime Dishing Specialists

Chris Wright (Iowa Energy) - Wright is considered to be one of the few "true" point guards in the NBA D-League and is averaging 7.2 assists per game. The Energy have struggled, winning only twice in their last 18 games. Wright will need to showcase his skills even more, and perhaps put the team on his back to start the second half of the season to garner further attention. Yet, his ability to find lanes, and get to the rack is impressive, and the former Georgetown Hoya is on the right track for success.

Call-Up Chances: Moderate to Unlikely

Sean Singletary (Texas Legends) - Singletary is averaging 6.2 assists per game for the Legends, and is arguably the quickest point guard in the D-League. Singletary's quick bursts matched with his ability to pass the ball with precision, is what makes him special. Singletary doesn't light up the scoreboard necessarily, but as far as a distributor goes, he is near the top when it comes to the D-League.

Call-Up Chances: Unlikely

Been There Done That Guys

Chris Quinn (Tulsa 66ers) - Quinn joined the 66ers at the tail end of December and has provided a nice lift at the point guard position for Tulsa. Quinn effectively gets the ball to his guys with minimal turnovers, he is averaging 13.3 points and 6.4 assists through 15 games. Quinn is likely a familiar name for NBA executives as he played rather significant minutes with the Miami Heat from 2007-2009.

In his last outing prior to the All-Star break, Quinn dished out 12 assists with only 1 turnover. If Quinn can continue to show teams that he has not lost his ability to manage the game, while also hit the open shoot when given, Quinn may find himself back on an NBA roster before the season is over.

Call-Up Chances: Moderate to Unlikely

Walker Russell Jr. (Reno Bighorns) - Russell played in 28 games for the Detroit Pistons after receiving a Call-Up last season from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He averaged just 12.8 minutes a game, but showed that he can be depended upon for added backcourt depth at the NBA level. Russell is quite possibly the savviest point guard in the league, and seemingly knows when to initiate contact and draw fouls to help ease himself into an offensive flow during games.

Russell sat out his last contest due to a sore leg, but prior to his injury he was averaging 12.9 points and 7.0 assists for the Bighorns. His overall production curtailed a bit heading into the All-Star break, but look for the D-League veteran to put up solid numbers in the second half.

Call-Up Chances: Unlikely

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