During the 2010-11 NBA Development League season, 20 different players earned call-ups to the NBA. In all, NBA teams made 27 call-ups last season with some players being called up more than once. D-League Digest is counting down the top 10 call-ups from last season and updating their current playing status. Coming in at number five on the list is Jeff Adrien.
Details on the call-up(s): From Rio Grande Valley Vipers to the Golden State Warriors on Feb. 25, 2011.
How he earned the call-up(s): Adrien began the 2010-11 regular season with the Warriors. However, after appearing in 15 games, Adrien was released by Golden State in December. Soon thereafter, he entered the D-League and was claimed by the Erie BayHawks. After just five games in Erie, Adrien was traded to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers for Garrett Temple (number 7 on our countdown of 2010-11 call-ups). Adrien was a beast in both D-League stops, shooting nearing 55 percent from the field and leading the league in rebounds per game at 11.4.
In the NBA: After reclaiming Adrien via the call-up in February, the Warriors did not use him often. He appeared in 8 games the rest of the season, playing double-digit minutes only once in the season finale. Despite his prowess as a rebounder at the D-League level, he was unable to crack the regular rotation for the Warriors.
Best game as a call-up: Adrien’s numbers were rather pedestrian as a call-up, but that was primarily due to a lack of playing time. However, he did post a 31-minute, 12-point, 8-rebound, 2-assist performance against the Memphis Grizzlies in a 116-111 loss back on November 26.
Current status: Adrien signed a deal in July with Italian team Benetton Treviso. His deal reportedly includes an out clause enabling him to return to the NBA if the lockout is lifted.
Previously covered in our series on the Top-10 NBA D-League Call-ups of the 2011-12 season: