As the NBA Developmental League is a league to develop NBA players, it is fitting to take a moment to see how some of the former Maine Red Claws are doing with their NBA careers.
These players are former Claws who graced the organization with their presence at one point or another. These stats are good as of the end of play on December 21st.
Alexis Ajinca, who was assigned to Maine by the Charlotte Bobcats, is on the current Dallas Mavericks roster. He has seen time in two games so far this season. He is currently third behind Tyson Chandler and Brendan Haywood in the depth charts. For this reason, Ajinca has spent most of his season on the inactive list.
In his last appearance, on December 7th against the Golden State Warriors, Ajinca played nine minutes and had three points, six rebounds, two blocks, and a steal.
Lester Hudson, formerly assigned by the Boston Celtics, is currently on the Washington Wizards roster. In his seven games for Washington, he has averaged one-point-four points and one-point-seven assists.
Most recently, in a win over Charlotte on December 20th, Hudson played 17 minutes, scoring six points and tossing out six assists. He also had three steals and a block. Not bad for a man who has only played 43 minutes all season.
Billy Walker was assigned by the Celtics as well. After being recalled last season, Boston sent him to New York, where he has flourished. During his 27 games in New York last season, he started 15 times, and averaged 12 points a game, while shooting over 50 percent.
This season, he is not as used, but he has seen some time on the court. In his 20 Knick games so far this season, he plays an average of 12 minutes and scores four points. His best outing was a win over Charlotte in November. There, he scored ten points in 16 minutes of play.
Recently, Sherron Collins was assigned to Maine from Charlotte. In his five games in Maine, he averaged 12 points and three assists a game. After being recalled by Charlotte, he has already seen some play time. Against Oklahoma City on December 21st, Collins scored five points, and gathered two steals.
One of the best parts of seeing pros come and go is watching them develop and watching their careers blossom. Maybe someone else will soon be assigned. Maybe Mario West or Tiny Gallon will be called up before the season ends. It is a long NBA season, and just maybe we’ll see the professional “birth” of an all-star.
The next game on Maine’s docket is a game with powerhouse Iowa in Iowa. Game starts at 8pm on Thursday. Thanks for reading along!