NBA D League Draft Analysis: Pacers, Iowa St. Jamaal Tinsley Goes #1

The NBA Developmental League or D League is exactly what it sounds like. It’s what the “D List” is to celebrities, or what kind of grades you earned if you were a “straight Ds student.” You don’t have Fs for failing grades, but you’re below the  C students- those are the guys playing professionally overseas.

The basketball A and B students are obviously in the real NBA; I mean those letters comprise 2/3 of the league’s name acronym (coincidence?).

Former Indiana Pacers guard and leader of the greatest Iowa State Cyclones team in college basketball history, Jamaal Tinsley was the 1st overall pick by the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the NBA D League draft. If you haven’t heard of the NBDL draft, it’s understandable, I didn’t either until yesterday.

Look how much more interesting the D League draft becomes when you have a lockout.

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Former Suns, Badgers Player Alando Tucker’s Rap Song (Video)

Alando Tucker was a 2007 NBA Draft first round pick. Last night, he was the 2nd overall pick in the NBA D League draft. If you haven’t heard of the NBDL draft, it’s understandable, I didn’t either until yesterday.

It’s funny how much more interesting a draft it becomes when you have a lockout.

Back to Tucker, after playing a few years in the league with Phoenix Suns and overseas, the all-time leading scorer in Wisconsin Badgers history is trying to re-locate his game. In the meantime, he’s been heavy in the rap game.

h/t to Ridiculous Upside

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The NBA’s Opportunity to Fix Pro & College Basketball

A few weeks ago, during an episode of “The B.S. Report,” Bill Simmons and Chuck Klosterman discussed (half-heartedly) ideas in which to make college basketball players stay in school longer than just one season.

That discussion triggered a memory of a conversation I had in a dimly lit ice fishing shack a little more than a year ago with a buddy of mine. The finer points of that conversation were a little hazy (we had consumed a lion’s share of the light beer in Itasca County, Minnesota at that point) I remember clearly coming up with an idea that had the same goal as Simmons and Klosterman, but resulted in a much more logical conclusion (I think, or at least the way I remembered) and in effect came up with the method in which the NBA can fix NCAA Basketball‘s biggest problem (which would also solve an NBA problem).

By Peter Christian

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