HoopsHype Brady Heslip rumors
An Eastern Conference scout on Reno’s Brady Heslip, the NBDL’s leading scorer (33.3 points), who is shooting 54.7 percent from three-point range on 15.1 attempts per game. "I don’t think he is an NBA guy. He’s the best shooter in the D-League, by far. But he’s a product of Reno's gimmicky, amateurish system. It’s run-and-gun and shoot the first open three. He has the leeway to take ridiculous shots that no NBA team would ever let him take. There is no defense being played. The stats are all inflated. Reno is affiliated with the Kings, and for some reason they hired a Division III assistant coach [David Arseneault Jr.] and wanted him to play this system thinking it would draw fans, instead of using a system that will develop players. They are using the D-League for God knows what reason. Sports Illustrated
"I don’t see him as a call-up. A guy like Jimmer Fredette can get his own shot off the bounce a little better. Jimmer also plays the pick-and-roll a little bit. The real comparison is Troy Daniels, from last year. He played at Rio Grande, which also played that kind of fast pace. His numbers were inflated. The difference is Troy is a legit 6-4, 6-5. This guy is just too small." Sports Illustrated
After going undrafted in June, Heslip latched on with the Minnesota Timberwolves’ summer league team. In five games, he went 7 of 10 from 3-point range. He was among the team’s final cuts from training camp. The D-League awaited. It is not a glamorous life. D-League salaries are not particularly lucrative. Heslip has a contract that will pay him less than $20,000 this season. He lives with teammates in a Reno hotel. (There is a casino on the ground floor.) Still, he knows he is only one phone call from the N.B.A. “I feel like I can play with those guys,” Heslip said. New York Times
After scoring 78 points and drilling 20 3-pointers in his first two games with the Reno Bighorns of the N.B.A. Development League, Brady Heslip has tried to move on. By going to practice. By watching episodes of “The Walking Dead” with his teammate, David Stockton. And by listening to his agent, Bernie Lee, who keeps reminding him to focus — even as Lee broadcasts the news of Heslip’s exploits to anyone who will listen. “I’m down here for a reason,” said Heslip, a 24-year-old shooting guard, “and the reason I’m down here is to get back to where I want to be.” Where Heslip wants to be, of course, is the N.B.A., and he has gone about his business of pursuing that goal by posting some of the gaudiest numbers in the history of the D-League. New York Times
Darren Wolfson: Brady Heslip will sign a camp deal w/ the #Twolves, per source. Really impressed them in Vegas. Twitter @DarrenWolfson
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