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NBA G-League Still Needs to Expand

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On 2/11/2017 at 7:53 PM, RoughRiders99 said:

Now that there will be 25 teams in next year's D-League season, how would you realign the conferences/divisions? 

5 divisions of 5 teams apiece? Or 2 conferences with 2 divisions and 6 teams (one with 7 teams) in each conference?

 

That's probably the plan. 2 conferences with 13 teams in one conference and 12 in the other. In fact, I can throw an example out for you...

 

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

-Delaware

-Greensboro

-Erie

-Lakeland

-Long Island

-Maine

-Westchester

 

Central Division

-Canton

-Fort Wayne

-Fox Valley

-Grand Rapids

-Raptors 905

-Windy City

 

Western Conference

Southwest Division

-Austin

-Iowa

-Mid South

-Rio Grande Valley

-Sioux Falls

-Texas

 

Pacific Division

-Northern Arizona

-Oklahoma City

-Reno

-Salt Lake City

-Santa Cruz

-South Bay

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Pelicans launching D-League team in Gulf South

 

Judging from the listing of markets, I'm going to guess here:

 

Louisiana (seven)

Alexandria

Baton Rouge

Bossier City

Lafayette

Lake Charles

Monroe

Shreveport

 

Mississippi (two)

Biloxi

Jackson

 

Alabama (one)

Mobile

 

Florida (one)

Pensacola

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Most likely close to New Orleans.  I'd bet it stays in LA. 

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Baton Rouge has the LSU competition. Lafayette has UL. Shreveport is a bit of a reach and closer culturally to Dallas than the swampier southern Louisiana. Alexandria might work, but a city that hasn't had a minor league team in several years is Lake Charles. Which would be where I would think a team might fit the best.

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I bet they stick with the Pelicans for the GL name.

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Do you think it'll be possible for the NBA to expand their draft to maybe 3-4 rounds so they can have more players to stash in the D-League once it has 30 teams? Make it a true minor league system. 
 

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7 hours ago, RoughRiders99 said:

Do you think it'll be possible for the NBA to expand their draft to maybe 3-4 rounds so they can have more players to stash in the D-League once it has 30 teams? Make it a true minor league system. 
 

While Silver wanted a 3 round draft in 2015, the CBA was just ratified with no change so a longer draft is highly unlikely.

 

Plus, adding two rounds may increase the number of "one and done" players who sign with agents and terminate their NCAA eligibility. Plus, there are many teams which don’t even bring their second-rounder picks to camp because they know they’ll have to waive them (and lost those rights) if there’s not a roster spot available for them at the end of camp.

 

Starting next season, each NBA team can have two-way contracts and a 17 player roster, if the two-way players are called up.

http://dleaguedigest.com/2017/01/19/d-league-two-way-contracts-change-nba-landscape/

 

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7 hours ago, RoughRiders99 said:

Do you think it'll be possible for the NBA to expand their draft to maybe 3-4 rounds so they can have more players to stash in the D-League once it has 30 teams? Make it a true minor league system. 
 

They can just sign as free agents I suppose

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It would mean more European guys would be coming over to play NBA Ball. 

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On 04/08/2017 at 5:38 PM, KittSmith_95 said:

It would mean more European guys would be coming over to play NBA Ball. 

If the draft was 3-4 rounds?

 

No, they wouldn't.  Their agents would force a team to guarantee a roster spot for them to make the move because they're not going to play in the G-League for pennies.

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Has there been any more word on the remaining teams looking to field D-League teams. I know the Clippers were talking about making an announcement around the all star game, but haven't seen it if they did. They had narrowed their choices down to San Diego, Long Beach or Anaheim.

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New Orleans G-League has 6 respondents

 

Hmmmm.

 

Baton Rouge; Jackson; Mobile; Pensacola; St. Tammany Parish and Shreveport.   No Lafayette or Lake Charles. And my pick-- Biloxi, home to a decent arena (Mississippi Coast Coliseum) and no college competition -- did not respond.

 

Not sure where a team in St. Tammany Parish would even play-- a high school gym? There is no suitable facility there that I know of....

 

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Speaking on the G-League, Game 2 of the Finals between Raptors 905 (just saying it makes me wanna puke) & The Rio Grande Valley Vipers is on at 7 PM EST on FB Live. It's a best of 3, so RGV has a chance to win it all. 

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AND THE 905 ARE D-LEAGUE CHAMPS! WOOOOOOOOO! 

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3 minutes ago, BlackBolt3 said:

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Welp. Maybe there isn't hope for the Clippers in their next rebranding effort.

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That name is worse than anything Brandoise could ever come up with. 

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1 hour ago, BlackBolt3 said:

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33 minutes ago, KittSmith_95 said:

That name is worse than anything Brandoise could ever come up with. 

I mean, they're pretty much just following the greater LA second-fiddle trend. Dipping their toes in, before eventually moving to the Honda Center.

 

The Ducks and Angels are the real culprits.

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WTF is that?!? Can't they just name the team the 'Ontario Clippers' or 'Anaheim Clippers' instead?

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12 minutes ago, Seadragon76 said:

WTF is that?!? Can't they just name the team the 'Ontario Clippers' or 'Anaheim Clippers' instead?

Follow the money.

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