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Former Mountaineer, Joe Alexander, has not found a place in the NBA yet, but has asserted his role as one of the best players in the NBDL.
Alexander's team, the Texas Legends, needed to have a big week in order to cement their place in the NBDL Playoffs. Alexander had a huge week, leading the Legends to a 2-1 record over the last week of the regular season. During those three games he had averages of 32.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and shot nearly 67% shooting from the field. The Legends will now play the Tulsa 66'ers at home in the first game of a three game series on Wednesday night.
Alexander finished his first season in the NBDL averaging 20.2 points (7th in the league) and 10.4 rebounds per game. He ranked 2nd in the league in double-doubles and 2nd on his team in both categories.
Some people think highly of Alexander's Legends squad as they pursue an NBDL Championship. Another former Mountaineer, Mike Gansey, occasionally writes for Ridiculous Upside, a website that focuses on the NBDL and the NBA Draft. Gansey believes that the Legends can win the championship in his preview of the NBDL Playoffs.
Alexander was on the Gatorade Call-Up watch list for most of the season. It's a list that names players that are the most likely to sign with an NBA team. Look for Alexander to get a chance to latch on to an NBA roster next year as his game has become more well-rounded in the Development League.
Mike Perelli with Basketball Communications for the NBA gave us the heads up on this. He sent along the press-release for the announcement as well.
We here at the Smoking Musket would like to congratulate Joe on his achievement.