The 2014 D-League Showcase has come and gone, but the lasting impressions on the NBA are noteworthy.
To the casual fan, D-League competition is synonymous with sub-par basketball. There's a reason the top stars have never experienced the showcase, and quite frankly, the Development League is short on the rivalries and narratives that pique people's interests.
The truth is, though, watching NBA players compete on a regular basis has spoiled our perspective. The D-League offers a number of entertaining prospects year in and year out, and while not all of them will advance to the highest level, those who do will earn a shot to succeed.
If you're not a fan of the D-League, that's fine; it's not for everybody. But remember, every NBA player started somewhere, and the Showcase is an example of what guys can do when they're itching for a shot in The Association.
If you missed out on this past week's competition, fear not—we have got you covered. There are a handful of players worth highlighting, so take note as we recap a few of the key storylines.