Of course, players aren't expected to make a career out of playing in the D-League. Such a platform is used for developmental purposes, only to see such athletes move on to greener pastures and prosper on bigger and brighter stages.
According to a source, RidiculousUpside.com has learned that each player ending the season on the championship winning squad (this season, the Santa Cruz Warriors, of course) will add up to an $1,000 bonus to their year-end checks. All players ending the season on the team serving as runner-up (this season's Fort Wayne Mad Ants) will receive a $500 bonus instead.
Being on a winning team provides players with something concrete to put on their resumes; there's no doubt about that. That said, it must be nice to receive a little bit more financial motivation as well.
To boot, each player on a conference championship winning squad (the Warriors and Maine Red Claws this season) receives a separate bonus up tp $1,000, too.
All of this proves that it pays (quite literally) to win. Of course, players are also rewarded if they receive individual honors as well. Though such bonuses are prorated depending on the amount of games played in the regular season, this would seemingly qualify Tim Frazier (41 games played) and Aaron Craft (all 50 regular season games played) as two of the D-League's most profitable players this past season, due not only to individual greatness, but team success, in addition.
Here's a further breakdown of the bonuses athletes receive if they win player-awards, according to our source:
NBA D-League Most Valuable Player --- $3,000
NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year --- $1,500
NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year --- $1,500
NBA D-League Rookie of the Year --- $1,500
NBA D-League Most Improved Player --- $1,500
Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award --- $1,500
All NBA D-League First Team --- $1,500
All NBA D-League Second Team --- $1,250
All NBA D-League Third Team --- $1,000
All NBA D-League Rookie First Team --- $1,000
All NBA D-League Defensive First Team --- $1,000