The NBA’s relationship with the D-League continues to grow, and this season a total of 19 NBA teams had one-to-one affiliations with D-League clubs. Those NBA organizations without their own affiliates were required to assign players to D-League clubs associated with other NBA franchises. D-League teams could volunteer to take on the assigned players, and if no volunteers emerged, the players were assigned at random.
This significant change from the 2014/15 season came about after the Pacers purchased the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and turned them into their one-to-one partner for the 2015/16 campaign. Other NBA teams have interest in following suit in the years ahead, and the NBA’s ultimate goal for the D-League is for all 30 NBA franchises to have their own D-League squads. You can view the complete list of D-League affiliates here.
We at Hoops Rumors are recapping the D-League-related activity from the 2015/16 campaign for each team, and we’ll continue with the Golden State Warriors, whose D-League affiliate is the Santa Cruz Warriors:
The Warriors made four assignments for the 2015/16 campaign, sending one player to the D-League for a total of 35 days. Listed below are all the assignments and recalls made by Golden State for the season:
- January 4th: Assigned Kevon Looney (1st) — Recalled January 24th
- January 28th: Assigned Kevon Looney (2nd) — Recalled February 2nd
- March 2nd: Assigned Kevon Looney (3rd) — Recalled March 7th
- March 12th: Assigned Kevon Looney (4th) — Recalled March 14th
Santa Cruz also had three players assigned to it from other NBA franchises via the flexible assignment rule:
- The Bulls sent Mike Dunleavy (one assignment, two days).
- The Blazers sent Cliff Alexander (one assignment, 10 days) and Luis Montero (one assignment, 10 days).
Here is how Looney performed while on assignment to the D-League this season:
- Kevon Looney: In 12 D-League appearances, the combo forward averaged 9.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 19.1 minutes per outing. His shooting line was .396/.310/.714.