Many will scratch their head while reading this list and wonder what exactly Charles Gaines
is thinking passing up 50k per month offers or more in Europe to play in the D-League, but the Austin Toros surely wont mind. Were talking about one of the most athletic players in the league right off the bat, someone capable of making a significant impact inside the paint on both ends of the floor, as well as a strong rebounder in traffic and a terrific threat running the floor in transition. These are all very rare qualities to find in a big man in the D-League, particularly one as experienced as Gaines is. Gaines has always been deemed to lack the size, consistent jump-shot, steady free throw stroke and the on-court discipline needed to earn an NBA contract, but its possible that an up close and personal look from every NBA team, combined with some big-time production (a maybe a mid-season injury to a rotation player) could change their minds over the long D-League season.