Recap: NBA D-League All-Star Game

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HOUSTON, TX — If an NBA scout or GM wanted to evaluate talent for the NBA level, the NBA D-League All Star Game certainly wasn’t the best indicator of a player’s future success.

There wasn’t much, if any, defense being played and the game was so nonchalant that one NBA scout near me turned to one of his brethren to vent for a moment:

“I’ve got a flight to catch at 6:00 PM,” the scout said at around 2:30 PM, about midway through the first half. “And I’ll be on that flight.”

“I don’t blame you,” said the other scout.

Each team shot over 50% from the floor and the Prospects beat the Futures behind their balanced scoring attack, as nine-of-ten players on the roster scored in double-figures and nobody hit the 20-point plateau.

Travis Leslie, who was drafted 47th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2011 NBA Draft, took home the MVP award as a result of his dunking prowess and increasing confidence as a shooter thanks to an improved shooting touch. Leslie, a member of the Santa Cruz Warriors, scored 19 points (8-13 FG) and had 7 rebounds in 19 minutes of action. 

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