It’s a sad day when reality sets in. For some of our rookies, that day has already come.
Three rookies from around the league were recently sent down to their organizations’ respective D-League teams in the hopes of getting the players more playing time and experience.
Several first-round draft picks from this years NBA Draft, including 12th overall pick Jeremy Lamb, 13th overall pick Kendall Marshall, and 23rd overall pick John Jenkins, all received news this past week that they were to report to each teams respective D-League squad.
Lamb, originally drafted by the Houston Rockets and then traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder (along with Kevin Martin) in exchange for James Harden just before the season began. Since then, Lamb (who was listed as the secong string shooting guard on the Rockets’ roster) has been buried deep on the Thunder’s bench behind Thabo Sefolosha and Martin.Kendall Marshall came into the league as a highly regarded point guard, the second point man taken in the 2012 Draft, and was selected by the Suns with the hopes of replacing Steve Nash, should Nash decide to leave. Nash did, in fact, leave the Suns for greener pastures elsewhere, giving Marshall a great opportunity headed into training camp. Unfortunately, Goran Dragic is having a revitalized year, leaving Marshall with minimal playing time in only six games this season.
John Jenkins, the senior sharpshooter out of Vanderbilt, was a highly regarded selection by the Atlanta Hawks, as the team picked Jenkins with the idea of replacing Joe Johnson down the road. That road, though, is starting to wind a little longer for Jenkins, as he’s only played in four games this season, prompting the move to send him down to the D-League.While being moved to the D-League is sometimes meant to give younger players more playing time, it is usually thought of as an opportunity for players to continue to develop. Odds are, however, that the Thunder, Suns, and Hawks sent their rookies down due to the former, as none of the players have seen the much time on the court this season. Marshall leads the group of three with 16 minutes in a game, the most any of the players have seen in a single contest.
There are several other rookies that have been demoted to the D-League this season. The full list can be viewed here. Also, you can follow NBA Rookie Class on Facebook and Twitter for swift updates and breaking news bytes for your favorite rookies.