Why Ivan Harris Chose the D-League

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

With the NBA Finals upon us, it's a bit of a slow news week in the D-League, but I do have a link to pass along for your reading enjoyment.

The Middletown Journal writes about what the D-League meant for Erie BayHawk Ivan Harris:

Last season, Harris played for Lappeenranta of the Korisliiga in Finland. After averaging 15 points and five rebounds per game, he decided he wanted more exposure from NBA scouts, taking his chances with the D-League even though he would be playing for less money.

Each player signs a contract with the league and is allocated to a team. The D-League pay scale is broken down into three different levels. A-level players make between $24,000 and $26,000, B-level players make between $18,000 and $20,000 and C-level players make between $12,500 and $14,000.

Harris admits the money isn’t great, but it’s all about experience and exposure.

It's worth reading the full article as it gives some insight into the mind of one of the BayHawks players as to what they're mindset is playing in the D-League.


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Blog Talk BayHawk is an unofficial Erie BayHawks blog covering the NBA D-League. It features opinions and information about the NBADL and the Erie BayHawks. Blog Talk BayHawk is written from a basketball fan’s perspective to fill In the gaps left by professional journalists’ coverage of BayHawks basketball and the Erie professional basketball scene.

Matt Hubert is a 25-year-old writer and basketball fanatic born and raised in Erie, Pa. He graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in English and a dual concentration in writing and creative writing. Matt's not wavering from his stance as a lifelong Los Angeles Lakers fan, but he will cover the BayHawks' NBA affiliates in Cleveland and Toronto when it makes sense to do so throughout the year.

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