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The Gap Between The D-League And The NBA Is Vast

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Just look how many promising players haven't made it out of the Developmental League.

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Former Duke Blue Devil Gerald Henderson shows Daniel Orton one reason why he's in the D-League.
Former Duke Blue Devil Gerald Henderson shows Daniel Orton one reason why he's in the D-League.
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There's a perfectly fine argument to be made for coming out early to the NBA: in many cases, you have the potential of generational wealth and security (think Jabari Parker and Kyrie Irving).

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For other people though, it's a riskier decision. With the draft coming up in June, we thought that maybe it might be nice to mention some of the guys who are currently in the D-League. A lot of these guys were McDonald's All-Americans, some were collegiate All-Americans.

Some, like Seth Curry and Andre Dawkins, have degrees. Some are essentially manual laborers who will make less and less money as their careers progress, and when it's over, their employment options are not necessarily that promising. It's not that bad now, but when you're 35, it gets harder every day.

  • Seth Curry

  • Andre Dawkins

  • Khem Birch

  • CJ Fair

  • Jarell Eddie

  • Byron Mullen

  • Erik Murphy

  • Daniel Orton

  • Glen Rice

  • Marquis Teague

  • Damien Wilkins

  • Elliot Williams

  • Ty Walker

  • Mfon Udofia