Posted on June 6, 2010 at 9:18 PM
Idaho Stampede managing investor Bill Ilett says there's a new era coming for the D-League, where they'll be more of a true minor league.
The D-League has always been a feeder league for the NBA, and certain teams, like Idaho, are affiliated with NBA squads. But, Ilett says the League, over the next 2 years, will transition to a model much more like pro baseball. He expects players to develop through each club's specific farm team, more call-ups every season, and big-time players playing in the D-League.
"A lot of the NBA teams are taking a bit of a Billy Beane approach, like baseball has done, more techniques, more testing, etc...” Ilett said. “You aren't going to see the old minor thing of teams leaving and going. It's going to get stronger. More NBA teams are buying D-League franchises, or putting, what we call, the hybrid model together. So, we're a keeper. "
Next year, the D-League will add another team, bringing their total to 17. There are 30 teams in the NBA.