Last month, we here at RidiculousUpside.com pondered how long it would be until NBA vet Chris Douglas-Roberts ultimately receives his next call up from the D-League:
There should no doubt in anyone's mind that the swingman will rise up as a star in the D-League rather quickly yet again this year. Last season, he proved capable of dominating the league with ease. Douglas-Roberts is as smart, savvy, and efficient as a scorer as they come. Determined to score the basketball, as a member of the Nets and Bucks in past seasons, CDR's previous troubles came from an evident indecisive nature with the rock once defenders came flocking. When his route to the basket was blocked, Douglas-Roberts had always seemed to reach a dead end.
But as even just a handful of games in the D-League proved last season, the 26 year old is no longer simply a one-dimension player. When combated with imposing defenders, CDR has the instincts necessary to find open teammates. What's more, now one to follow his own shot more aggressively, Douglas-Roberts emerged as one of the better rebounders in the minor league last season.
Now the question becomes, how much longer will Douglas-Robers have to wait before he receives that coveted call? There have already been three NBADL to NBA call-ups thus far this year, and the minor league's season is only set to begin on Friday. Perhaps it's only a matter of time before a team in need of a shooting guard comes calling CDR's way when they realize he's the cream of the crop. Timing, along with the right situation or circumstances, can sometimes prove to be everything.
It appears as though we now have an answer to that very question.
The former Nets and Bucks swingman will be signed by the Charlotte Bobcats. Ranked as the number three young gun on the D-League website's official Prospect Watch, Douglas-Roberts owns the type of experience most minor league athletes only dream of obtaining.
But even further than that, CDR has since been able to continue his progress in the D-League, having gone on to dominate his competition with ease. There are a handful of intriguing talents worthy of landing an opportunity in the NBA, but amongst them all, Douglas-Roberts is undoubtedly the best pure scorer in the entire league. He's someone who can create his own offense, but can also crash the boards and handle having his team's offense run through him consistently.
Douglas-Roberts has the experience. He has the refined skills. There's no denying that. In addition to all that, however, the swingman is still relatively young as well. At just 26 years old, it's very possible that the guard's best years are still ahead of him.
An already skillful player with plenty of option to still be had doesn't seem like a bad option at all.
We'll have to wait and see how Douglas-Roberts does in Charlotte, but if there's any immediate positive take away from this at all right now, it's that at least he gets another opportunity to prove he belongs to stay in the NBA.