Now in the year 2014, approximately 30% of all NBA players have D-League experience.
It's undeniable that some of the more notable players in The Association today (see the likes of Jeremy Lin, Danny Green, and Chris Andersen) have risen up through the ranks of the minor league in recent years. Thus, it's becoming more and more important for fans and big league personnel alike to pay special attention to the talent in the D-League after all.
The NBADL's most promising of prospects strut their stuff each and every night in hopes of getting noticed, catching the eye of an NBA executive, and perhaps earning that oh so coveted big league call-up soon after.
Of course, whereas such D-League athletes hope to catch on with NBA teams for the longterm, there's no doubt any one of them would relish an opportunity to prove themselves regardless, should an NBA team be hit with an injury bug and need someone to fill in instead.
Taking all of this (and more) into consideration, the RidiculousUpside.com staff (featuring Keith Schlosser, Scott Rafferty, and Dakota Schmidt) is to proud to introduce our Prospect Pyramid, where we rank the minor league's top players at each position.
Without further adieu, here are the point guards.
1) Pierre Jackson, Idaho Stampede: Though his NBA draft rights are still owned by the New Orleans Pelicans, this young gun is turning heads all over the place as arguably the most dynamic scorer in all of the NBA D-League
2013-14 Stats: 29.9 points (46% from the field, 38% from deep), 5.1 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.2 steals
2) Seth Curry, Santa Cruz Warriors: A prolific youngster, Curry can make it rain from anywhere on the court, much like his brother Stephen. Still, he's using his time in the D-League to prove he can control the tempo of his team's offense as a floor general, too.
2013-14 Stats: 21.8 points (45% from the field, 35% from deep), 7.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.6 steals
3) Ron Howard, Fort Wayne Mad Ants: Whereas Howard may lack some of the agility and quickness some of his counterparts own, experience proves to be his edge over all others. Still effective at 31 years old, Howard has led the way for a steady Mad Ants squad this season.
2013-14 Stats: 23.4 points (49% from the field, 25% from deep), 4.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.5 steals
4) Dee Bost, Idaho Stampede: Playing next to Jackson all season long, Bost has been able to shine on his own anyway, largely in part due to his ever efficient playmaking prowess.
2013-14 Stats: 16.2 points (37% from the field, 29% from deep), 8.1 assists, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.6 steals
5) Jorge Gutierrez, Canton Charge: Gutierrez's stats may not be all too imposing, but he's a steady floor general who knows how and when to make the right plays on the court necessary to help his team reel in the victories.
2013-14 Stats: 13.9 points (46% from the field, 36% from deep), 6.5 assists, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.4 steals
6) Tre Kelly, Sioux Falls Skyforce: A recent acquisition for Sioux Falls, Kelly has entered a winning atmosphere as a point guard who knows how to create his own offense relatively well.
2013-14 Stats: 14.3 points (46% from the field, 46% from deep), 4.9 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.4 steals
7) Ben Uzoh, Tulsa 66ers: One of the more talented point guards in the league, Uzoh's floor general skills haven't translated into many victories for the struggling 66ers.
2013-14 Stats: 12.6 points (43% from the field, 25% from deep), 4.4 assists, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.5 steals