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“Some guys make it but not all get a shot,” Dentmon said. “I was just hoping for one legit chance. I got called up to the Raptors, but they didn’t like me. Coach (Dwane Casey) didn’t like me and I never understood that. I never got a shot to play with the Spurs or the Mavericks either. Honestly, I really thought I’d stick with Toronto for the rest of the season. “After a strong season in the Development League and a few call ups, I opted to stick around the NBA and rejected overseas interest. Then I got hurt, pulled my hamstring and the Austin Toros turned their back on me. I asked for a trade and went to play for the Texas Legends. That didn’t work out either and that’s when I looked at Europe.”
Overseas teams annually explore the D-League market for talent, however, a large portion of clubs can’t afford its costly buyouts. “The NBA and the things teams tell players are exactly what young guys want to hear,” Dentmon said. “Truth is, it’s all politics. Every player owns the right to play at least once in the D-League, but my best advise would be: DON’T. Don’t spend your entire career chasing the NBA. Even though teams say one thing — and might even call your number up to the NBA — they already know who they want on the floor and have their eyes fixed on the up-and-coming draft prospects.”
Zalgiris guard Justin Dentmon admits that he would rather stay and play for the Lithuanian champions than go into the NBA. The Euroleague MVP for week five of the regular season wishes to remain loyal to the club he signed for at the start of the season. He was speaking to a Zalgiris TV show, when he was asked a hypothetical about staying in Kaunas or going to the NBA, if a GM would call you? “I have an agreement with the GM here. I’m going to finish what I started. I want to be known as a loyal person,” Dentmon said. “It ain’t all about the money. It’s about being remembered for the player you are and laying your legacy. That’s what I want to be.” Dentmon has frequently been linked with moves away from Zalgiris, with Germany being high on the list.
Teams have until April 17 to sign players who will be eligible for the first round of the postseason. Here are some of the top D-League players at each position, who could be called up at some point in the next month. GUARDS: Delonte West, Dominique Jones, Lester Hudson, Kris Joseph, Josh Selby, Courtney Fortson, Jerel McNeal, Andrew Goudelock, Christian Eyenga, Lazar Hayward, Justin Dentmon, Chris Roberts, Ben Uzoh, Sean Singletary, Ron Howard, Darington Hobson. FORWARDS: D.J. Kennedy, Samardo Samuels, Demetris Nichols, Willie Reed, Rick Jackson, Arinze Onuaku, Rasual Butler, Damion James, Luke Harangody, Micah Downs, JaMychal Green, James Mays. CENTERS: Jerome Jordan, Hassan Whiteside, Vernon Macklin, Hilton Armstrong, Keith Benson, Brian Butch, Mickell Gladness, Solomon Alabi, Jarrid Famous, Augustus Gilchrist.
The Mavericks will probably sign a young player out of the D-League, rather than bring in a re-tread such as Mike Bibby, Earl Boykins, Michael Redd or Baron Davis. Among the possibilities is point guard Chris Wright, who has averaged 15.5 points and seven assists for Iowa of the D-League. Also, Texas Legends point guards Justin Dentmon and Sean Singletary are on the Mavericks’ radar.
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Sometimes Justin Dentmon wants to strangle his cell phone. But like the rest of us, he can’t live without it. It’s just that so few of us experience the stomach-wrenching anxiety he does with each ring of an incoming call or beep of a text. “I feel like I’m on call every day, I’m waiting every day,” Dentmon said. “Every time Bill [Neff, his agent] calls and leaves a message, I’m thinking that it’s somebody calling for a contract. I’m really just trying to be patient.” But time is running short, on the the NBA season, on that elusive call-up and ultimately on the 6-foot point guard’s NBA dream. “I’m just hoping for that call-up, man,” Dentmon said. “Just the chance, the opportunity.”
That there won’t be a lot of stories – or any stories – out of training camp next fall on the pluckiness of Justin Dentmon or Ben Uzoh and their fight to make the team off solid showings under 10-day deals this spring. Now, both of ‘em seem to be good kids who are just trying to make a buck and an impression and while they are earning money, they aren’t doing anything to guarantee further Toronto employment. Sometimes you get 10-day guys who can make a mark, sometimes you get guys who are placeholders. Which is what they got. Nothing against either of them but we’re finding out just how big the chasm between the minors and the majors is.
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed Justin Dentmon from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League to a 10-day contract. A 6-0, 185-pound guard, Dentmon has appeared in 38 games with the Toros this season, averaging a team-best 22.9 points, 5.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.47 steals in 37.3 minutes while shooting .463 (285-616) from the field, 421 (88-209) from three-point range and .865 (212-245) from the foul line. A D-League All-Star, Dentmon has scored in double figures in 37 of 38 games, including 28 games with 20-or-more and six games with 30-or-more.