Whereas most NBA D-League players only go on to crave and desire the type of national exposure the superstars of The Association come to realize, former NCAA standout and New Mexico Thunderbirds forward Jamine "Greedy" Peterson has already (deservedly) gotten a little taste of what it's like.
An overwhelming and explosive human highlight reel, Peterson's ferocious slam dunks helped him earn SportsCenter Top 10 nominations multiple times while at Providence.
During the 2009-10 season, Peterson averaged an impressive 19.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per contest, becoming one of the only forwards to average such a double-double in the last decade. As if the numbers aren't convincing enough, "Greedy" is a rather physical specimen. At 6'6" and 225 pounds, he uses his strength and likes to power it in around the rim. He has a clear advantage over opposing small forwards, and knows how to use it to his benefit.
Though perhaps he's at his strongest when he's fighting for rebounds and trying to slam it home under the basket, Peterson's versatility allows him to step back and knock down jump shots too. In 2010-11 while with the Thunderbirds, he averaged 13.4 points (on 46% from the field and 36% from deep) and 5.9 rebounds per contest. His season was highlighted by two respective 40 and 35 point performances. Needless to say, he can turn it on and fill it up.
After bouncing around and making a couple of international stops, Peterson is now poised to make a renewed effort towards breaking in to The Association. He'll be working out for both the Brooklyn Nets and Indiana Pacers following NBA Summer League.
But as any NBADL alumni knows, despite how many workout you attend and no matter how well you do, it's still often hard to break in, nevertheless. Thus, Peterson's safety net appears to be a new contract with the D-League after all.
If nothing else comes about, Peterson is set to return the D-League next season. Of course, the minor league is already well aware of what he can do.
Of course, if a team like the Nets or Pacers is intrigued by Peterson, they can always bring him aboard for training camp and then like later acquire him for their NBADL affiliate to keep a close eye on his progress throughout the season.
Either way, Peterson is sure to continue turning some heads, no matter where he ends up. It'll be interesting to see where he goes next.