Following the 2015 NBA D-League Showcase, RidiculousUpside.com's own Keith Schlosser and Dakota Schmidt took some time out to recongize some of the event's top performers when it was all said and done.
Without further adieu, here are our All-Showcase team (and other related) selections. In the spirit of providing those minor leaguers hoping for respective call-ups with the most shine, no NBA assignees were selected.
RU's NBA D-League All-Showcase First Team
Bryce Cotton, Austin Spurs - Bryce Cotton's recent hot stretch has been further elevated since arriving to Santa Cruz for the D-League Showcase. While his 17 point (7-17 shooting) and 8 assist performance against Grand Rapids made Cotton into a player to look out for, his profile continued to skyrocket. Squaring off against top defensive guard Jorge Gutierrez and the Canton Charge, Cotton was able to lead Austin to victory with a 40 point 11 rebound double-double. Perhaps the most impressive part of Cotton's performance was how he shot 8-12 from beyond the arc.
Vander Blue, Los Angeles D-Fenders- Although the attention surrounding the LA D-Fenders has been mainly centered around Jabari Brown, Vander Blue continues to be one of the more reliable scorers in the NBADL. That reliability has never been more evident than during the Showcase. When you combine his two appearances against Delaware and Ft. Wayne, Blue has averaged 33 points (on 58% shooting), 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals per game.
Jordan Hamilton, Reno Bighorns - With Quincy Miller getting a call-up from Sacramento after the initial Showcase game, the BigHorns looked to Jordan Hamilton to step up in his absence. In the matchup that followed Miller's call-up, Hamilton put up 40 points and 9 boards in a closely-contested defeat against the RGV Vipers. While numbers like that are pretty common when you play for Reno, Hamilton's performance was more impressive than usual, when you look at how he shot 15-22 from the field and 9-11 from the free-throw line.
Renaldo Balkman, Texas Legends- Although the trio of the prospects profiled have made their impact because of their outstanding scoring ability, veteran forward Renaldo Balkman has helped Texas through a bevy of other ways. Perhaps Balkman's biggest strength would be the pure aggression that he shows on the offensive glass. That rebounding onslaught has been exhibited during the NBADL Showcase, as he had an outstanding 9 offensive rebounds in their matchup against Bakersfield. Alongside his rebounding excellence, Balkman has been a fantastic inside scoring threat, as he's averaged 18.5 points on 58% shooting.
Earl Barron, Bakersfield Jam - One of the D-League's most reliable front-court threats has continued his excellent play during the D-League Showcase. In the initial game against Texas, Barron had a Chamberlain-esque 30 point, 22 rebound (9 offensive) performance. During that matchup, he continued to showcase his dominance as an inside treat, but also displayed his range as a mid-range and perimeter threat. While his next game against Sioux Falls (17 points and 5 rebounds) wasn't as impressive, it doesn't deter from how impressive he's been.
RU's NBA D-League All-Showcase Second Team
Lorenzo Brown, Grand Rapids Drive
Andre Emmett, Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Quincy Miller, Reno Bighorns
James Michael McAdoo, Santa Cruz Warriors
Willie Reed, Grand Rapids Drive
Joe Jackson (Bakersfield Jam), Seth Curry (Erie BayHawks), Chris Johnson (Rio Grande Valley Vipers), Sim Bhullar (Reno Bighorns), Orlando Sanchez (Westchester Knicks), Jerrelle Benimon (Idaho Stampede), Aaron Craft and Dominique Sutton (Santa Cruz Warriors).