G League Expansion Helps ACC Alums

Last year the NBA D (Development) League had 22 teams and 26 former ACC players on opening day rosters. This year the rebranded G League had 26 teams and 44 former ACC players on rosters Nov. 15, with all schools except Georgia Tech represented.

The change was fueled by expansion of NBA rosters and number of G League teams. Rosters went from 15 to 17 players with the addition of spots for two players under “two-way contracts” who spend most of their time in the G League and “no more than 45 days” with their NBA club.

Two-way players include 13 former ACC players, headed by 3 from UNC, 2 from Notre Dame, N.C. State, Pittsburgh.

Each NBA team now has a G League partner after some teams shared NBA affiliates in the past.  Greensboro Swarm, for example, is the Charlotte Hornets G League team and plays home games at The Fieldhouse (seating for 2,100). All G League games this season are streamed on Facebook Live.

The D League began with 8 teams in 2001-02. Four new franchises were added this season and two others were relocated. Next year a 27th team (Washington, D.C.) will be joining the league.

Duke has the most G League players (6) among ACC schools, followed by UNC and Syracuse 5 each, N.C. State, Louisville 4 each, Virginia, Notre Dame, Clemson, Miami, Pitts­burgh 3 each, Florida State 2, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Wake Forest 1 each.

UNC players are Kendall Marshall, Agua Caliente Clip­pers of Ontario; James Michael McAdoo, Delaware 87ers; Kennedy Meeks, Raptors 905; Marcus Paige, Greensboro Swarm; Isaiah Hicks, West Chester Knicks. McAdoo, Paige, Hicks are two-way players. Marshall later retired from basketball Nov. 22.

Duke players are Andre Dawkins, Mar­shall Plumlee, Agua Caliente Clippers; Miles Plumlee, Erie Bayhawks; Matt Jones, Reno Bighorns; Amile Jefferson, Iowa Wolves; Quinn Cook, Santa Cruz Warriors. Cook is a two-way player.