NBA D-League Will Not Field Summer League Select Team
The NBA Development League will not field a select team at this year’s Las Vegas Summer League, multiple league sources tell D-League Digest.
The league cited its growth to 25 teams for the 2017-18 season as a reason why they will not have a team this year. D-League players will find increased opportunities with NBA teams at all three Summer League locations (Orlando, Las Vegas, Utah) moving forward.
The D-League Select Team served as an alternate opportunity for NBADL players to play in front of NBA scouts to potentially earn potential training camp opportunities or additional exposure with team executives in attendance, much like the D-League Showcase.
It seems counterproductive for the league to say players have increased exposure across the league, and thus eliminate potential exposure for additional players. Regardless of the increased exposure, there are still a limited number of slots to fill for Summer League and thus this move reduces those opportunities for D-League players.
The NBA D-League first entered a squad at Summer League in Las Vegas in 2009.
More exposure thus means less exposure for players. Makes sense.