After being waived by Milwaukee midway through the 2011-12 season, Hobson was claimed by the Dakota Wizards, the then D-League affiliate of Golden State. That summer, the forward worked out for the Warriors again in Las Vegas, and the organization opted to bring him along with them to Santa Cruz this past season, where they went on to own and operate their own NBADL squad.
Though he never ended up receiving an NBA call-up last season, Hobson still made a worthy case for doing so by playing a big role for Santa Cruz. As sixth man for a team that went all the way to the D-League Finals, the forward averaged 9.2 points, 6 rebounds, and 4.2 assists through 36 games.
Hobson is the type of player who can light it up and score in bunches, but also fade away offensively perhaps just as quickly. The immense amount of scoring talent in Santa Cruz may have very well played into that, but nevertheless, Hobson still likes to prove he can always contributes in other ways as well.
Through he stepped up big through the first two rounds of the NBADL postseason, Hobson went on to struggle in rather limited minutes during The Finals against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Perhaps that went into the Warriors' decision to leave him unprotected during the league's expansion draft for the Delaware 87ers, who snatched him right up earlier this summer.
While Hobson is arguably one of the more talented players the 87ers drafted this offseason, it seems as though he won't be hitting the minor league hardwood for them come November. Instead, a source tells RidiculousUpside.com that the forward is instead poised to sign a deal in the CBA for the coming season.
By signing with a team in China, Hobson is likely to forgo any "NBA out" clause he would normally be accustomed to when signing an international deal with another team overseas. That said, the CBA concludes its season a little bit earlier than other international leagues, making it possible for Hobson to come home to the states and cash in on his success by catching on with an NBA team if so desired.
Though the Warriors essentially let the 87ers take Hobson away, they could have, nevertheless, still invited him to NBA training camp had they wanted to. Instead, RidiculousUpside.com has learned exclusively that two of his Santa Cruz teammates (Cameron Jones and Scott Machado) are expected to be in camp instead. What's more, Stephen Curry's little brother, Seth, is expected to be in town for that as well. Needless to say, Hobson wasn't at all too pleased about that (see his Twitter).