According to Carr’s agent Johnny Foster, the skilled guard has “signed a D-League contract for the upcoming draft.” Foster also added, “It was his decision to play in the D-League, and to develop in order to get ready for next year’s NBA draft.”
Now that Carr has signed an NBA D-League contract, he officially becomes eligible for the NBA D-League draft next month. Carr’s decision to spend this season in the NBA D-League is tremendous for both Carr, and the league itself. On the heels of NBA Commissioner David Stern’s comments regarding the NBADL, and his praise for the league (which accepts players when they’re 18), Carr’s choice to “develop in order to get ready for next year’s NBA draft”, is huge.
Carr has chosen a path similar to what Glen Rice Jr. created for himself last season, and with Rice Jr. drafted 35th overall in last year’s NBA draft, spending a full season in the NBA D-League can mature a player both on the court, and off. Will Carr follow in Rice Jr’s footsteps?
Due to the nature of Carr’s game, NBA D-League highlight reels will likely feature plenty of plays from the former high school standout. If drafted next month, Carr will have the opportunity to work closely with skilled and knowledgeable general managers, coaching staffs and players. As we’ve seen this past offseason, the NBADL has become a minor league system for NBA coaches as well. Surely, with a talent like Carr, NBADL coaches will be able to help Carr grow his game, and perhaps land the highly publicized guard on 2014 NBA draft boards.