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 for the 2015/16 campaign for each team and we’ll continue with the New York Knicks, whose D-League affiliate is the Westchester Knicks:
The Knicks made 4 assignments for the 2015/16 season, sending one player to the D-League for a total of 26 days. Listed below are all the assignments and recalls made by New York for the 2015/16 campaign:
- November 30th: Assigned Cleanthony Early (1st) — Recalled December 1st
- December 2nd: Assigned Cleanthony Early (2nd) — Recalled December 2nd
- December 7th: Assigned Cleanthony Early (3rd) — Recalled December 8th
- March 21st: Assigned Cleanthony Early (4th) — Recalled April 1st
Here’s how New York’s players performed while on assignment to the D-League this season:
- Cleanthony Early: In seven appearances Early averaged 15.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 33.4 minutes per outing. His shooting line was .446/.333/.607.