Canton Charge guard John Holland has been named the 2016-17 D-League Impact Player of the Year, according to a press release from the D-League. The award recognizes a player who “joined an NBA D-League team after Nov. 25, 2016, and made the greatest contribution to his team’s success following that in-season acquisition.” The award is voted on by the league’s 22 head coaches.
Holland, a 28-year-old 6’5” guard, averaged 22.9 points per game with the Charge and the lead the league in minutes per game at 38.8 minuter per game. Canton went 24-14 after he signed with the team on Nov. 25 of last year.
Holland signed with the Boston Celtics just before the start of the NBA playoffs and has appeared in one game to date. He also played in three preseason games with the Cavs. He has previously played overseas in France, Spain and Turkey.
The Charge, although they were eliminated by Raptors 905 in the first round of the playoffs, had an overall strong season. Holland, provided he doesn’t return overseas or sign with another NBA team, could be a big part of the team again next year. especially since the team’s beset player, Quinn Cook, has signed a deal with the Pelicans and almost certainly won’t be on the roster next season.
Canton GM Mike Gansey was recently recognized as the D-League Executive of the Year.