7 Players to Watch for at NBA D-League Showcase Event

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7 Players to Watch for at NBA D-League Showcase Event
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Are you tired of watching LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kevin Love, Stephen Curry and the rest of the NBA's superstars dominate their opponents? 

If so, the D-League Showcase is for you!

Starting on Jan. 5, the D-League's 17 teams will compete in Reno, with all games broadcasted so that fans and NBA teams alike can scout the players who haven't yet made it to the Association. You'll recognize a lot of names, especially if you pay attention to the draft and what goes on in college basketball, but there will also be plenty of players who you really can't identify. 

All of them will be playing with as much heart as possible, as this is an opportunity to showcase skills and receive a call-up to the NBA.

Last year, the event helped Jarvis Varnado (Miami Heat), Donald Sloan (New Orleans Pelicans) and Mike James (Dallas Mavericks) earn spots in the big leagues, according to D-League Digest's Gino Pilato, and this season's event will likely do similar things for a different crop of players. 

You can check out the full schedule here, but let's focus first on the players who you should go out of your way to watch. 

 

Honorable Mentions: Chris Johnson (Rio Grande Valley Vipers), Terrence Williams (Los Angeles D-Fenders), Chris Wright (Maine Red Claws)

 

Note: All D-League stats come from Stats.NBADLeague.com.

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