October 2, 2017, 10:40 pm
The G-League, formally known as the D-League, began 16 years. It started with eight teams and has now grown into a 26-team league. It gives players an opportunity to get noticed and gives teams a place to stash a certain amount of players. Most of it however, is a pool of free-agents that can be picked up by any team at any point.
If thrown into the right situation, a G-League player can become viable waiver wire pickup almost immediately. Take Robert Covington for example. His 2013-14 G-League stats were 23.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.4 steals, 1.4 blocks and 3.2 triples per game. Just by taking a quick glance at those, you knew something was there and that if this guy can land in the right situation, he can be very productive. That very year, he was picked up by a shallow Philadelphia 76ers team and the rest is history. Although his numbers did not match his G-League stats, he still made for a very valuable waiver wire pick.
2014-15’s class of G-League graduates included Seth Curry, JaMychal Green and T.J. Warren. Although Green and Warren weren’t fantasy relevant until the 2015-16 season, they should have at least been on the radar because of their G-League numbers. In 2015-16 Sean Kilpatrick was tearing it up in the D-League with averages of 26.4 points and 3.1 triples. He became a very popular waiver pick-up (mostly in deeper leagues) on a depleted Nets’ team but which manager in your league was ahead of the game?
Editor’s Note: If you want more tools to crush it in fantasy hoops this season, you might want to check out the Hoop Ball Draft Guide.
How do we know which player will be the next to make the jump into fantasy relevance? It’s really all about situation and opportunity. The metric we used to distinguish fantasy production among G-League player is that we ranked them amongst each other and using the standard league categories, assigned a Z-score to each players production (the system they use for most fantasy rankings). Here are the top 25 ranked players based on their 2016-17 stats IF such a thing as Fantasy G-League basketball existed.