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Questions: How much does Ray Parks stand to earn in the NBA D-League? And what are the chances of the Fil-American guard making the jump from the D-League to the NBA?
Answers: Per diem on road trips: Around US$40
Season pay: Probably under P1 million.
Playing for pride, flag and country: Priceless.
These are not exact figures, but it has been quite established that playing in the NBA Development League does not exactlypay much, the league being viewed more as a jumpboard to the big league.
That could be said of Ray Parks, a consensus first-rounder and likely the owner of a multi-million contract by now had he chosen to enlist for the last PBA Rookie Draft.
Instead, the Flipino-American is joining the D-League, where players see action for about 50 home and away games over five months for anywhere from US$13,000 to US$25,500, according to dleaguedigest.com.
Pay has not been mentioned in recent interviews and Parks, a former member of the Philippine national pool, has stressed he is willing to work hard not so much for the money but for his NBA dream.
“For me I don’t expect anything to be given, I’m willing to work hard, I’m coming in with an aggressive mindset that ‘hey, were tying to win the championship here,’ so I mean, let’s go from there,” Parks said.
So what are the chances of Parks making it to the NBA through the D-League?
Last season, 47 D-League players were called up to the big show, but not all of them are first-time D-Leaguers like Parks.
For instance, last season guard Ricky Ledo was called up from the Texas Legends to the NBA by the New York Knicks. He initially inked a 10-day contract and later got signed to a deal for the rest of the season before being waived.
The American-Puerto Rican, who moved back and forth between the Mavericks and Legends in the 2013 to 2015 seasons, is back in the D-League this season with the Reno Bighorns.
A 10-day callup to the NBA would be worth under $30,000 for a rookie, but for Parks, it would be worth much more than that.
“(Basketball's) the No.1 sport in the Philippines. To grow up playing in the streets, to now playing here, it’s not just about myself, it’s the whole country … I really want to represent them the right way,” Parks told Legends assistant general manager Travis Blakeley in a recent webcast.
The Legends begin their season on the road against the Austin Spurs on November 13 and battle the Oklahoma City Blue two days later
They play their first home game against the Spurs on November 20.