Throughout the season, basketball's up and coming prospects continue the everyday grind of hitting the minor league hardwood in hopes of catching the watchful eye of an NBA executive or two. Those who impress often get a chance to strut their stuff in the NBA, but the underlying fact remains that the D-League stage is the place to be with regard to getting noticed.
There are plenty of politics involved when it comes to filling up these minor league rosters, as spots are often occupied by players teams are already familiar with due to a mutual connection, still making it difficult for other talented players to break through and have a chance to prove their worth.
For Matt Dickey, it's been one of those seasons. The guard's been on the grind all season long, working hard by doing things like donning a practice uniform for NBADL teams in hopes they take notice of his prowess.
Such a strategy worked out for him earlier this season, as Dickey found himself in Texas playing for the Legends after practicing with the squad for a couple of weeks. He was thrust into a steady rotation role, sharing the court with other point guards. The floor general was forced to try proving himself while doing so as he played out of position.
The UNC Asheville product showed promise through five contests with Texas in January, but has since gone back to the drawing board. Sources close to the guard say that the curiosity of the LA D-Fenders had been peaked ever since. Now, Dickey finds himself in Los Angeles looking to finish up the season with a new minor league squad. The D-Feners recently claimed him.
There's no doubt Dickey is a guard who can take initiative and score with relative ease, whether it be by driving through the lane or pulling back for a long-range bomb. That said, as a point guard, things naturally come easier for Dickey if he's running the floor, rather than playing off the ball. Perhaps playing for the D-Fenders and playing some minutes at his natural position while backing up Courtney Fortson will help Dickey further prove he deserves some extra looks come Summer League time.