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Steve Weingarten Hoping to Continue NBA D-League Career Via 2015 Draft

Former Charge and 87ers forward Steve Weingarten is eligible for the 2015 NBA D-League Draft, has learned.

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Steve Weringarten has spent parts of the last two seasons in the NBA D-League with the Cavaliers' affiliated Canton Charge and 76ers' affiliated Delaware 87ers. With career shooting percentages of 43% from the field and 37% from deep, the 6'8", 215 pound forward serves as a threat from around the perimeter and can spread the defense. The young gun is widely considered a stretch forward, especially in the smaller D-League. Thus, by drawing a "taller" defender outside to defend him beyond the arc, Weingarten's presence on the court alone can open up and lead to easier scoring opportunities for his teammates down low.

Though Weingarten has been trusted with quality minutes before, he's in need of a new stomping ground as he looks to continue his minor league career. After being waived by Canton midway through last season's campaign, the 25 year old is now looking for a new team and is eligible to be selected in this month's coming annual NBA D-League Draft, has learned.

Weinarten has had success on the D-League hardwood in the past, but there's definitely room to improve. He appeared to spend much of his summer getting stronger, subsequently displaying a certain added level of toughness and strength on the defensive end during offseason workouts. The advantage to having Weingarten on the floor from an offensive standpoint is clear, but if he wants to continue adding further value for an NBADL team, he'll need to consistently prove that he can handle guarding the league's bigger fours, as well as those players at the three position.

The forward's obviously fairly familiar with the league, its players, and the annual proceedings. The fact that he's somewhat of a veteran at this point should endear him to more teams going into the draft. Weingarten holds averages of 5.1 points and 2.2 rebounds through 14.2 minutes per contest.