With at least half of the NBA’s 30 teams represented, the D-League Elite Min-Camp gave minor leaguers another chance to prove they’re ready to battle LeBron James.
And if not lock horns with the Miami Heat star and four-time league MVP, at least make a contribution off someone’s bench.
After a day and a half at the Chicago camp, no one looks quite as ready as Lester Hudson, according to those in attendance.
NBA fans mostly remember Hudson from his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the lockout shortened season of 2011-12.
Hudson is a 6-foot-3 guard and played 13 magical games with the Cavs that year, averaging 12.7 points per game and bringing back memories of World B. Free by burying big shots and displaying serious guts.
The Cavs, however, let Hudson walk after his second 10-day contract expired, and he was barely heard from again. He finished the year with the Memphis Grizzlies, but played in just three games and averaged 3.0 points.
Prior to last season, Hudson was dropped by agent Tyler Glass after Hudson failed to show up for a workout with the Charlotte Bobcats.
“I worked so hard to get him a workout, and he didn’t show,” Glass told FOX Sports Ohio in September. “The Bobcats were annoyed and they should have been. They’re a professional organization. You don’t skip out on workouts.”
Hudson signed in China, then finished back in the D-League with the Austin Toros, in March. Now, it appears that at the very least, he’ll be on someone’s summer league team.
One scout even called Hudson, who turns 29 years old in August, the equivalent of a late-first or early-second round draft pick in this year’s draft.
So stay tuned. Based on the D-League camp, Hudson’s run in the NBA may not be done.