SANTA CRUZ, CALIF. — After five days and 19 games, the 2015 NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung is in the books. At this point, all 18 teams will be resuming the second half of their schedule while GMs and scouts from all 30 NBA teams will be going back to market to contemplate if a player they saw this week has a chance to make an impact on their squad.
There was no shortage of eye-catching performances in Santa Cruz, but here’s a look at NBADLeague.com’s All-Showcase Team.
Lorenzo Brown – Grand Rapids Drive
There was no more steady player at Showcase than Lorenzo Brown. Running the point for the Drive, Brown impressed both with his skillset and his consistency. As much as any other team in Santa Cruz, the Drive were methodical on offense and defense and much of that was in large part due to Brown setting the tone. Over the course of three games, Brown shot 53 percent from the floor and averaged 18.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists. In a league filled with players trying to transition to the point guard position, Brown looked the most NBA ready.
Bryce Cotton – Austin Spurs
While his campaign at Showcase had its ebbs and flows, Cotton’s second half on Saturday against Canton was arguably the best 20 minutes played by anyone this week. In that game, Cotton exploded for 25 points in the second half, including going 5-for-7 from behind the arc, to spearhead a comeback win in a game where the Spurs had been down by as many as 18 in the third quarter. Cotton finished with 40 points and 11 rebounds in the game. With that showing, Cotton established himself the as the league’s most prolific scoring point guard.
Quincy Miller – Reno Bighorns
He might have only played one game, but what a performance it was. The then-No. 1 Prospect dominated both sides of the floor, amassing 35 points to go along with nine blocks and eight rebounds. While scoring numbers for Reno always have to be taken with a grain of salt, Miller’s efficiency on the offensive end, highlighted by hitting five of his six attempts from 3, put an exclamation point on his night. It was, simply put, the most dominant performance of the week. After that — most importantly — he was promptly called up by the Sacramento Kings.
Clint Capela – Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Capela, on assignment from the Houston Rockets, showed how high his upside is this week. His highlight reel so far this season is second to none and he always seems to find a way to make an impact. In Santa Cruz, he recorded back-t0-back double-doubles — 17 and 11 versus Erie, 25 and 17 versus Reno — and added four blocks in each of those games. Even more impressive is that the 6-foot-10 forward shot 18-for-24 from the floor. It’s only a matter a time until he gets another shot in Houston.
Willie Reed – Grand Rapids Drive
It’s not hard to see how the Grand Rapids big man can fit into an NBA lineup. As active as any player in the league, Reed can clog a paint on the defensive end, get to the rim on the offensive end and also excel in transition. That’s exactly what he did in Santa Cruz, accounting for two double-doubles as well as a total of 13 blocks in three games. Reed was a big factor in Grand Rapids advancing to the Showcase Cup Championship and should he get called up, he is the perfect candidate for a team that needs a big to come off the bench and provide a boost of energy in short spurts.
SECOND TEAM ALL-SHOWCASE
Vander Blue, G, Los Angeles D-Fenders
Archie Goodwin, G, Bakersfield Jam
Jordan Hamilton, F, Reno Bighorns
Arinze Onuaku, F/C, Canton Charge
Earl Barron, C, Bakersfield Jam
Isaiah Canaan – Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Seth Curry – Erie BayHawks
Luigi Datome – Grand Rapids Drive
Andre Dawkins – Sioux Falls Skyforce
Andre Emmett – Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Tim Frazier – Maine Red Claws
JaMychal Green – Austin Spurs
Joe Jackson – Bakersfield Jam
Damion James – Texas Legends
James Michael McAdoo – Santa Cruz Warriors
Reggie Williams – Oklahoma City Blue