Detroit’s Chris Douglas-Roberts is back in the NBA after dominating the D-League competition

When veteran guard Derek Fisher went down with an injury and subsequently asked for his release from the Dallas Mavericks, the Mavs didn’t have to look far to find a replacement. Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that Mavs will call up Detroit native Chris Douglas-Roberts, who was briefly with the team in training camp and was playing for their D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, this season. From Stein:

The Mavericks, league sources told ESPN, will be calling up Chris Douglas-Roberts from the Frisco-based Texas Legends to replace Fisher. Widely rated as the top current NBA prospect in the D-League, Douglas-Roberts is scheduled to play for the Legends in Saturday night’s home game against Iowa before joining the Mavericks on Sunday in San Antonio.

In nine games as a Maverick after signing Nov. 29, Fisher averaged 8.6 points and 3.6 assists in just over 25 minutes per game.

The Mavericks are eager to see if Douglas-Roberts can give them the backcourt scoring and penetration they’ve been seeking after his time in the NBA’s developmental league, but sources said that Dallas is likewise expected to continue exploring potential trade options to strengthen its point guard position, which has been a problem all season.

Above when I said Douglas-Roberts ‘played for’ the Legends, that wasn’t an entirely accurate description. During his D-League stint, Douglas-Roberts was the top player in the league, a dominant, do-it-all perimeter threat who scored nearly 28 points per game, shot 50 percent, made 40 percent of his three-pointers and averaged 5.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

Douglas-Roberts is still no guarantee to stick with the Mavericks, but he has undoubtedly earned his latest shot at sticking in the NBA with that outstanding performance.

The amazing tale of former Wayne State player and Harlem Globetrotter Earnest Wagner Jr.

Justice B. Hill of SB Nation has an incredible, in-depth story on the life of former Wayne State basketball player and Harlem Globetrotter Earnest Wagner Jr.:

Their basketball skills got them into Wayne State University, a big deal only a few years after Jackie Robinson had integrated Major League Baseball. Together, they spent a whirlwind three years on campus, excelling on the court: Kline, the skilled forward; Wagner, the ball-handling guard with a deadeye shot. He knew he was good, the team’s best player, so some people told him. Better than Kline or Charlie “King Snake” Primas, the team’s other star. “There was a lot of things I guess people seen about me that I didn’t see about myself,” Wagner says. “Sometimes, I really underestimated myself.” He laughs at the thought. “That’s a shame, ain’t it?”

You won’t regret going to read this.

Durrell Summers on his time at Michigan State: “A gift and a curse”

Dec 20, 2012

Kevin Scheitrum of NBA.com has a fantastic, long piece on former Michigan State standout Durrell Summers, who now plays for the Idaho Stamped in the NBA D-League. There are plenty of great quotes in there, but this one really stood out to me:

“I definitely look back on it, and it was a great ride, to be honest,” Summers said of his four-year run at MSU, with appearances in two Final Fours. “I learned a lot and had a lot of fun, but that may have been a gift and a curse. A gift and a curse because you’re young and it’s happening like that, and there’s not really a script for how to deal with it. Your coaches try to tell you, but it’s hard. … I don’t want to get into all of it, but you’re having fun in college, not necessarily being as productive on the court. If it’s not helping me get better as a basketball player, you shouldn’t be partaking. That’s the thing I had to learn.”

Summers hinted at these things when I interviewed him before the season started. Since becoming a professional, he seems to have really learned that he’s not going to carve out a long basketball career unless he adds elements to his game and works exceedingly hard at those things, and to his credit, he seems to be backing up those words with his actions based on the strong season he’s having for Idaho so far.

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