Former Grizzlies' forward Chris Johnson proved that one doesn't necessarily need to emerge as an NBADL All-Star to earn an NBA Call-Up. What may prove to be key, however, is how one steps up when it matters most.

With a bevy of NBA executives taking in the D-League Showcase last month, Johnson stole the show with an ever efficient 29 point performance to begin the Showcase. His efforts were enough to catch the eye of John Hollinger, who was in Reno looking to find a gem for the Grizzlies. Memphis brass took a closer look at Johnson following the performance, and signed him nearly two weeks later.

All it really takes for a player to get noticed in the D-League is a strong stretch of a few solid games. With that in mind, Armor big man Willie Reed is hoping to follow in a guy like Johnson's footsteps.