5 Santa Cruz Warriors Players That Deserve an NBA Call-Up

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Blue Man Hoop suggests five Santa Cruz Warriors players that deserve an NBA call-up this season.

The NBA D-League has never been more talented, and with the second half of the NBA regular season just over the horizon, NBA teams would be wise to take a look at D-League players who could possibly add something positive to their roster.

One of the tools available to teams that want to improve their roster at this point in the season is the 10-day contract, which is used to sign NBA free agents to short-term commitments. A 10-day contract can be used in a number of different ways, but by far the most effective way to utilize the 10-day contract is to call-up a player from the D-League.

There have been eight players signed to 10-day contracts this season since 10-day contracts became available to sign on Jan. 5, six of which were players previously playing in the D-League this past season.

None of these players, however, came from the Santa Cruz Warriors, D-League affiliate of the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. After a rocky start, the Sea Dubs have battled back to a 14-12 (.538) record, which sits them at second in the Pacific Division and fifth in the Western Conference.

Now that the 2017 NBA D-League Showcase has ended and the D-League All-Star Game is just a couple weeks away (Feb. 18), there’s likely to be many more 10-day contracts popping up between now and the playoff eligibility waiver deadline on March 1.

NBA teams normally look to shore up certain positions at this point in time, so breaking things up by position, here’s five Santa Cruz Warriors players I believe deserve an extended look by NBA teams.

[All stats are pulled from RealGM.com unless otherwise stated and accurate as of 6:00 a.m. PST Monday, Jan. 23, 2017]