NBA D-League Failing Its Greatest Player

February 26th, 2010 by Alex Akita Leave a reply »
Entering the 2009-10 season, Will Conroy was the NBA Developmental League’s career leader in the following categories: minutes played, field goals made, field goals attempted, free throws made, free throws attempted, assists, turnovers—and perhaps most importantly—points scored.

He was amongst the top 10 in six other categories: games played (eighth), three-point field goals made (sixth), three-point field goals attempted (fifth), steals (third), assists per game (fourth), and assist percentage (eighth).

Yet in spite of all he has accomplished in basketball’s minor leagues, Conroy, the Crash Davis of the hardwood, cannot get a job in the NBA.

No matter that the D-League was established to reward players like Conroy for their efforts.

No matter that the former University of Washington point guard has enjoyed stints— usually in 10-day intervals—with NBA ball clubs.

No matter that he has refused lucrative contracts overseas to fight for his lifelong dream of an NBA career.

To put it bluntly, Will Conroy is a victim of a system that isn’t working out.

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