INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The Indiana Pacers announced on Sunday afternoon that they have recalled Shayne Whittington from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The Pacers sent Glenn Robinson III and Joseph Young to the Mad Ants in order to give them an opportunity to play in tonight’s game against the Souix Falls Skyforce. Pacers head coach Frank Vogel stated that Robinson and Young will be on the Mad Ants for only today’s game and they will be back on the Pacers roster tomorrow morning.
Shayne Whittington will not be joining the Pacers, instead, he will be getting the day off. This is because of the fact that the Pacers can only have three players on the Mad Ants at once. Rakeem Christmas is already on the Mad Ants so these moves push their total to three players. Whittington technically will be joining the Pacers, but he won’t actually be joining the team since Robinson and Young are only staying in Fort Wayne for today’s game.
Indiana hasn’t used Joseph Young or Glenn Robinson much recently. In the Pacers last game, Robinson played 4-minutes, meanwhile, Young didn’t play at all. Keeping young players on the bench is harmful to their development, because it means that they are getting only practice repetitions. Only getting practice repetitions takes away from getting evaluation in-game situations. It is hard for a young player to know what they need to work on when they aren’t able to see their weaknesses in-game situations.
The Pacers having a day off really allowed for this situation to happen. Situations like this are perfect examples of why having a D-League affiliate is so valuable. It is one thing to play in games, but it is one thing to be a key player and play in games. Young players on a team that don’t have much room for them benefit a lot from the D-League. Joseph Young and Glenn Robinson are perfect examples of this. Both players will be allowed to be leaders and center pieces for the Mad Ants. That is crucial because some day, they may be center pieces for the Pacers.