Desmon Farmer Named D-League Player Of The Week, Somehow Still Not Given A Whirl

Desmon Farmer of the Reno Bighorns was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played during the Week of Dec. 7. Farmer is the first Bighorn to earn the honor this season and the third player overall. For the week, Farmer led Reno to back-to-back wins over the Utah Flash and Bakersfield Jam. The USC product averaged 26.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 41 percent 15-of-37 from the field and .317 6-of-19 from beyond the three-point arc. On Saturday, Dec. 12, Farmer recorded the NBA D-League season’s first triple-double when he scored 20 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and dished out 11 assists in the win over the Jam.

via D-League Press Release

Look, I get the push against guys from the D-League that aren’t great at defense. I do. I appreciate that. And I certainly understand the turnover concern. But Farmer has been on summer league teams. He’s been in camps. He’s done his time. And he fills up the sheet when he’s on the floor.

He’s had cups of coffee with San Antonio and the Pacers and the Sonics. But the Spurs never have room for anyone, and the rest were before the league had experienced success at the NBA-level. He’s got potential to be a solid end-of-the-bench contributor with the possibility of a great fill-in in case of injury.

Reno is stacked. Just stacked. They’re absolutely loaded right now, and are starting to get it together, finally.

Matt Moore

Matt Moore is a Senior NBA Blogger for CBSSports.com's Eye on Basketball blog, weekend editor of Pro Basketball Talk on NBCSports.com, and co-editor of Voice on the Floor. He lives in Kansas City due to an unbelievably complex set of circumstances and enjoys mid-90's pop rock, long walks on the beach and the novels of Tim Sandlin.