"Sherron Collins's NBA career has taken a wrong turn," reads the lede to a KSHB Channel 41 story on the Charlotte Bobcats sending the former Jayhawks point guard to the NBA's Development League. And it's totally wrong.
The D-League isn't a "wrong turn" for Collins. It's the right move. KSHB treats Collins' D-League assignment to the Maine Red Claws as a demotion. It's not. A demotion would be getting cut. The Bobcats' sending Collins to the Development League means they see something in him. Something they want to hang onto. Something they want to, you know, develop.
Collins is a third-string point guard (one of the hardest positions to learn in the league), and he wasn't seeing much floor time. You can't grow as a player sitting on the bench. You need to play against NBA-caliber talent. That's what the D-League is for.
Did KSHB really think Collins, an undrafted rookie, had a chance to start over D.J. Augustin? Augustin has spent three years learning the Bobcats' system. Very few rookies come into the league and play major minutes. This season, only seven of the 54 rookies are playing more than 20 minutes a night (and they're usually the big names -- Blake Griffin, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins).
The D-League isn't glamorous. The travel sucks, the games are played in mostly empty arenas and the teams don't have the luxuries that come with playing in the NBA. But it's not supposed to be glamorous. It's there for players to work on their games, get on the court and get in game shape after injuries. This gives Collins an opportunity to get on the court, play against
NBA-level talent and prove he belongs. That's why Collins is in the D-League.