It took time, effort and about a decade but the National Basketball Association's Developmental League has finally turned into a full-fledged minor league system. No team knows this better than the Sioux Falls Skyforce, whos roster has turned over as much as any team in the league. The latest call-up being talented forward Jarvis Varnardo.
"We have to expect that some guys are going to leave" coach Joel Abelson said. "We just have to try and be prepared but it's the hardest part of the NBADL."
It's a rough reality for fans who enjoy watching great competition win. However, for talented players like Andrew Goudelock and Mike Davis, Sioux Falls is one step from their dreams.
"Playing here is amazing," Davis said. "We want to go to the next level and being here is one step toward that."
"If we win, scouts come to see us play," Goudelock added. "If they like us, they'll come pick us up."
The record for players called up in a season is 10 for the Skyforce which came during the 1998-99 NBA lockout season. Realistically, that number is nearly impossible to eclipse but 11-year veteran Troy Hudson says the talent on this team is undeniable.
"Everybody, the talent is extremely high on this team," Hudson said. "I expect a lot of guys to get called up and play at the next level."
Still, the strategy of roster management does take its toll. Even on first-year coaches like Joel abelson, even if he wont admit it.
"I'm loving my job right now," Abelson said. "I've had some bumps in the road and there is some learning going on but I enjoy coming to work everyday."
In this league, the only certainty is that nothing is certain. Except that five guys will take the court Friday night against Maine and try to improve a solid 7-4 start to the season.
Dylan Scott KSFY Sports