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NBA D-League Hopefuls Have Plenty of Opportunities Coming Up

The D-League draft usually takes places sometime in early November, but even before that players have a chance to be noticed by D-League and NBA brass in open tryouts. Even if it is a long shot, there's always an unknown guy would explode onto the scene.

Tim Ohlbrecht, a former NBA player currently playing overseas, broke into the D-League via the open tryout process.
Tim Ohlbrecht, a former NBA player currently playing overseas, broke into the D-League via the open tryout process.
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The fact that the D-League holds open tryouts is one of many, many things that confirms how unique this league is. There aren't many opportunities out there for relatively unknown players to show their talents in front of D-League, as well as NBA, executives and scouts. The majority of the tryouts cost a mere $150 for registration, unless you show up on the day of the camp to register, then it runs $200.

The only tryout sessions that have different registration fees are the two that the Grand Rapids Drive will host and their fees are $100 if you register beforehand and $125 at the door.

Our fearless leader here at Ridiculous Upside, Keith Schlosser, attended the Westchester Knicks open tryout this past weekend. Here is some insight into the type of players that show up. What's more, for reference purposes, former NBA player Tim Ohlbrecht (currently playing overseas) is among those D-League alumni to have broken through via the open tryout process over the years.

Here are the upcoming open tryouts that remain for all D-League teams:

Bakersfield Jam (info)

September 27th from 9:00a - 5:00p at the Dignity Health Event Center -- Bakersfield, CA

Delaware 87ers (info)

October 18th from 10am - TBD at the Hockessin Pal Center -- Hockessin, DE

Fort Wayne Mad Ants (info)

September 28th from 9:00a - 4:00p at the Verizon Center -- Washington D.C.

October 4th from 1:00p - 5:00p at the Suwanee Sports Academy -- Suwanee, GA

October 11th from 9:00a - 4:00p at Inglewood High School -- Inglewood, CA

October 18/19th from 11:00a - 5:00p at McMillen Park Community Center -- Fort Wayne, IN

*October 19th tryout is invite only based on performance on October 18th

Grand Rapids Drive (info)

October 4th from 12:00p - 5:00p at Oakland University Athletic Center -- Rochester, MI

October 11th from 12:00p - 5:00p at Calvin College's Arena -- Grand Rapids, MI

Iowa Energy (info)

October 11th from 10:00a - 3:00p at Memphis University's Hyde Gym -- Memphis, TN

October 18th from 10:00a - 3:00p at Grand View University -- Des Moines, IA

Reno Bighorns (info)

October 5th from 12:00p - 6:00p at the King's Practice Facility -- Sacramento, CA

October 19th from 9:00a - 6:00p at the South Reno Athletic Club -- Reno, NV

Rio Grande Valley Vipers (info)

September 27th from 11:00a - 2:00p at Toyota Center Practice Facility -- Houston, TX

October 19th from 12:00p - 3:00p at RGV Vipers Practice Facility -- Edinburg, TX

Sioux Falls Skyforce (info)

October 12th from 9:00a - 2:00p at Sanford Pentagon -- Sioux Falls, SD

October 19th from 9:00a - 4:00p in Miami, FL -- location TBD