Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Alando lighting up the D-League

The NBA Developmental League has always been a curiosity to me. Never watched a game, because I figured it's about one step above the And 1 Mixed Tape Tour on the quality meter. But just because the teams have nicknames like Mad Ants and D-Fenders doesn't mean good basketball isn't being played or that guys can legitimately graduate to the NBA from there.

At least that's what I'm hoping for on behalf of Alando Tucker. Tuck has been tearing up the D-League playing for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, averaging 28.4 points per game on 52.1% field goal shooting, including 39.1% on 3-pointers, and 87.5% on free throws.

He's also grabbing more than six rebounds and passing out almost two assists per game. Unless there is absolutely no defense being played in this league - a distinct possibility - that's pretty damn impressive. These are all former college stars, and former Michigan sideshow act Brent Petway, he's going up against.

Interesting teammates of Alando's are Darvin Ham (give it up, man!), Julius Hodge, and Kevin Pittsnoggle.

Hopefully we'll see Alando back in Phoenix once those rough edges of his game are refined further.


Ed said...

I have also been following him loosely. It isn't like everyone in the D league is putting up those numbers either, but when he goes back to the Suns he never gets a chance. I really hope he does get a chance and won't be one of those NCAA stars that disappears and pops up in Turkey 5 years later. Well he does have $1.8 million in guaranteed money, so I can't be too worried for him!

ajs said...

Isn't the D-league the left-overs from Zeeks attempt at managing the CBA?

The CBA was actually a pretty decent product. This coming from an avid LaX Catbird from of the early 90's.

Scott Tappa said...

I don't think the D-League is a direct descendant of the CBA.

The CBA appears to still have its own league and its own website.

Didn't recognize too many names from their championship game or rosters other than Ronnie Fields and the ownership team of Otis Birdsong (who shares my birthday) and Michael Ray Richardson.

ajs said...

That could be argued (direct descendant) per link below -Some CBA owners thought Zeek folded it on purpose to make room for the D-league-

I will not forgive. It obvious from the website the CBA is a shadow of it's former self.