Following a nice collegiate career and one solid season overseas, Cincinnati's Rashad Bishop was on his way to realizing the NBA dream via the D-League. After impressing in a handful of workouts in front of NBA and minor league executives last summer, the swingman was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 NBADL Draft by the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
Despite some high hopes entering training camp, an injury derailed Bishop's plans of making his mark in the D-League. That said, fast-forward to a year later, and the 25 year old is poised to give things another go.
RidiculousUpside.com has learned that Bishop has entered his name into the minor league's draft (pool) for the second straight year. If his potential last year was any indication, this kid is still worth a shot.
The NBA D-League is quickly becoming a very credible home of The Association's future most notable role players and sometimes NBA starters. With that in mind, players in the NBADL prove their worth by succeeding at all of the little things necessary on the court. Such skills include being able to defend, crash the boards, spread the floor offensively, etc. Many players come straight out of college as some sort of conference scoring champion, only to realize the D-League is a necessary landing spot soon after, to help aid the other facets of their game.
But Bishop is a bit different, for the better. Following two seasons in Brazil, Bishop has continued to hone his skills as an overall team player. Known in the past for being quite the bouncy swingman, the Cincinnati alum likes to knock down the three ball and is a steady rebounder for a player his size.
The D-League is sometimes recognized as a league of second chances, and for Bishop, such an opportunity comes at a very unique time. It'll be interesting to see if the D-Fenders (or any other team that picked up on his potential last season) will give Bishop another look. Everything on paper suggests he's exactly the type of player that would do well in the D-League and and fit right in to its vision for development.