On Monday, the NBA D-League announced its All-Star teams for the 2013-14 season. Of course, such rosters were filled with the most promising talent. However, many of the very announced names were those of players who have since gone on to receive NBA call-ups, or instead are those of players who were only previously on assignment in the minor league from their respective NBA teams.
With that in mind, there could be a high number of changes and/or alternates to be named in the coming days leading up to the exciting midseason contest. Take a look below for some names of worthy enough players who have so far missed the cut, but could still, nevertheless, but added soon enough anyway.
Trey McKinney-Jones, Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Examining the All-Star rosters, it's easy to understand (why) being on a winning team helped a player's chances of making the cut. That's why it's all the more surprising to see McKinney-Jones missing from the list(s). A perfect running mate for All-Star Ron Howard, the guard has helped lead the Mad Ants to a fourth place seeding thus far in the NBADL. One of the more talented scorers in all of the minor league, McKinney-Jones does it quite well, able to pour in the points in an easy and ever efficient manner.
Mo Charlo, Reno Bighorns
Like McKinney-Jones, Charlo has played a crucial role for one of the NBADL's more surprising squads. On a roster filled with names unknown to the most casual of basketball fans, Charlo has stood out as a hometown kid who continues to ensure the Reno Bighorns compete at a high level each and every night. A true stat-sheet stuffer, this forward is a versatile player who provides his team with a boost on both ends of the floor.
James Nunnally, Bakersfield Jam
Fresh off playing out back-to-back ten-day contracts with the Atlanta Hawks, Nunnally has recently returned to the affiliated Bakersfield Jam. The team has struggled mightily without him, and their poor record likely gives way to the fact that Ike Diogu has emerged as Bakersfield's only All-Star this season. Still, that's all the more reason to recognize the type of impact Nunnally has for the Jam. As Atlanta proved they believed, this guard is one of the more reliable and efficient sharpshooters in the D-League.
Poised to build upon his already existent success following a "Most Improved Player" award, Jones has continued to rise and shine for the Warriors throughout this entire campaign. A savvy shooting guard, the cousin of Raptors' forward Landry Fields is rapidly becoming a hot commodity known for his impressive and dominant scoring prowess. Still, his successful season has arguably been overshadowed in Santa Cruz by the likes of Seth Curry and Hilton Armstrong.
Dee Bost, Idaho Stampede
The last name on the list, Bost may in fact be the most likely player to still be on the outside looking in when All-Star alternates are named leading up to the festivities in New Orleans. Still, this young gun undoubtedly deserves some consideration, nevertheless. Bost isn't the most efficient of scorers, but still knows how to put the ball in the hole. Even so, the guard's bread and butter this season has been his masterful playmaking skills. He's the perfect floor general to help keep Idaho in the playoff hunt.