Thursday, April 15, 2010
NY Times: D-League Attendance Tops 1 Million (34 players called up to NBA this season)
D-League Attendance Tops 1 Million
New York Times - Off the Dribble
By JONATHAN ABRAMS
Below the radar, the N.B.A.’s Development League has gone from an underdeveloped asset to a key tool for N.B.A. franchises.
The Development League’s playoffs start Wednesday, and N.B.A. teams have called up a record 34 players this season from the 16-team farm system. Earl Barron became the latest to carve his path from the D-League after signing with the Knicks via the Iowa Energy. He scored 17 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in a win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.
The league also topped 1 million in attendance for the first time this year, an uptick of 6.57 percent from last season. That increase was aided by the inaugural season of the Maine Red Claws, who played to capacity crowds every game. Meanwhile, the D-League showcase, where all the league’s teams play, has evolved into a major meeting spot for N.B.A. scouts and general managers.