Springfield Success Not Accidental

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 02: Gerald Green #14 of the New Jersey Nets dunks the ball in the second half against the Boston Celtics on March 2, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the New Jersey Nets 107-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

This could be the high point for the Nets investment in the Springfield Armor. For the sixth time, a D-Leaguer has been called up to fill in and this time is likely to see some action. Two players, one sent down to Springfield and the other heavily scouted by the Armor, have been late season successes: Jordan Williams and Gerald Green.

Meanwhile, the Armor are in first place in the D-League East and Bob MacKinnon, a Nets employee, is the leading Coach of the Year candidate. Suddenly, the Nets, who had disdain for the D-League in years past, is the model for how an NBA team can use a modest investment, a little more than $250,000 (about half the lowest paid Net's salary), to achieve results.

"Some teams haven’t invested in it like we have because of financial or manpower constraints or simply because its not part of their philosophy," Armor GM Milton Lee tells the Star-Ledger's Jorge Castillo. Green, the poster child for the Nets' success, thinks the D-League saved his career. "Me being in the D-League, people could kind of keep up with me, see how I’m doing, see my development." And the Nets did.

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