Imagine this—you have a fairy tale collegiate career and get selected in the first round of the NBA draft by your hometown team. You expect to make an immediate impact, but by the time of the season opener, you’re playing for your team’s D-League affiliate.
You had to know that it was too good to be true right?
Sometimes it’s the player that was a star in college, sometimes it’s the player that barely made an NBA scout’s radar. Either way, a large chunk of players end up having to go through the D-League in order to have a chance at reaching their dreams of one day playing in the NBA.
The 2011-12 D-League season showcased these players, but only a few took complete advantage of the opportunity. Here is a look at four of the best players that the D-League had to offer last year.