While the D-League provides a slew of promising prospects the chance to shine once and for all, it also delivers hopeful NBA veterans with the second opportunity of a lifetime.
Though some fall short of the mark to truly prove they still have plenty of gas left in the tank, Andre Emmett is undoubtedly making the most of his unique opportunity.
Fresh off earning himself "Performer of the Week" honors in the D-League, Emmett has certainly been a key catalyst in the defending champion Fort Wayne Mad Ants' current eight-game winning streak.
The guard, who spent 2010-12 with the Reno Bighorns, is averaging 20.4 points on 53% from the field and 39% from deep, to go along with 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals fort Fort Wayne.
While such numbers are undeniably impressive enough, Emmett has been even hotter during his team's winning streak, pouring in 26.8 points per contest along the way.
Emmett is, admittedly, much more seasoned than most minor league prospects in the D-League. Such a matter of fact could go on to be a blessing or a curse, depending on who is watching. Nevertheless, the consensus across the board between an array of NBA and D-League coaches and scouts alike appears to be that the 6'5", 225 pounder, stands tall as the best overall scorer in the minor league.
"You can give him the ball, and he just gets it done," said one staffer, who added that Emmett is still versatile enough to hit opposing defenses by surprise and score in a number of different ways at quite a successful and efficient rate.
So far this season, he's been able to live up to (while otherwise simply confirm) such a reputation. While Emmett may not boast the most upside, his scoring prowess may be enough for contending NBA teams to take a chance on him via a ten-day deal or two. After all, he would probably prove to be the most reliable option for squads coping with injuries, but still in need of an instant injection of life on the offense end.