Canton Charge guard/forward John Holland was named the 2016-17 NBA Development League Impact Player of the Year, as voted on by all 22 head coaches. The award recognizes a player who joined an NBA D-League team after Nov. 26, and made the greatest contribution to his team’s success following that in-season acquisition.
Holland (6-6, 205, Boston University) joined the Charge on Dec. 9 and appeared in 37 games (all starts), averaging 22.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 38.9 minutes. He scored in double figures in every game he played, including four 30-plus point outings, and tallied a career-high 37 points at Long Island on Feb. 8. The Charge started the season 3-6 before going 26-15 after Holland rejoined the team. Holland helped the Charge to a 29-21 regular-season record, sixth-consecutive playoff berth and the fourth overall seed in the NBA D-League Eastern Conference Playoffs.
Before rejoining the Charge this season, Holland was in training camp with the Cavaliers where he played in three preseason games and averaged 10.7 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.0 assist in 18.8 minutes. He received a Gatorade NBA Call-Up from the Boston Celtics during Canton’s 2016 NBA D-League Playoff run.
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The Canton Charge are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League, both of which play their games at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.