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Rick Barry and Lenny Wilkens to Serve as Honorary Captains
2008 D-League All-Star Game Team Rosters Announced

2006-07 D-League MVP Randy Livingston will lead the Red Team in the 2008 All-Star Game presented by Spalding.
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NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2008 – Thirteen players with NBA experience highlight the rosters for the second annual D-League All-Star Game presented by Spalding. The game will be held Feb. 16, on Center Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas and will tip off at 2 p.m. CST and will be shown live on NBA TV.

The two 10-man rosters were selected by a combination of fan balloting on D-LEAGUE.com and voting of the league’s 14 head coaches. The Red Team will be the home team, while the Blue Team will be the visitors.

GATORADE Call-Ups Eddie Gill and Billy Thomas highlight the Red Team roster. Gill, selected first in the 2007 D-League draft by the Colorado 14ers, earned the season’s first call-up Nov. 15, when he signed with the New Jersey Nets. He ranks among D-League leaders with 7.9 assists per game and 2.5 steals per game. Thomas, Gill’s teammate in Colorado, earned a Dec. 24 call-up by the Nets and is among league leaders with 2.5 steals per game.

Reigning D-League Most Valuable Player Randy Livingston joins the Red Team, as does Dallas Mavericks assignee Nick Fazekas. Fazekas is averaging 18.9 points for the Tulsa 66ers while Livingston sits atop the league’s leader board with 11.3 assists per game for the Idaho Stampede.

NBA-assigned players Morris Almond, Kyrylo Fesenko and Ian Mahinmi headline the Blue Team. Almond and Fesenko, teammates on the Utah Jazz and their D-League affiliate Utah Flash, have both seen multiple assignments during the season. Almond most recently joined the squad on Jan. 25, while Fesenko headed to Orem on Dec. 13. Mahinmi is in his second stint with the Austin Toros from the Spurs. Almond is second in the league with 26.4 points per game, while Fesenko is averaging 10.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Mahinmi ranks among the league’s best, shooting .639 (163-255).

Los Angeles D-Fenders center Jelani McCoy, Austin Toros guard Keith Langford and Fort Wayne Mad Ants guard Jeremy Richardson, all GATORADE Call-Ups this season, round out the Blue Team’s roster. McCoy, who earned a call-up from the Denver Nuggets on Nov. 29, is averaging 2.2 blocks, ranking him among the league’s best defenders, while Langford, who earned a call-up from the Spurs on Dec. 28, is averaging 24.1 points, ranking him among the league’s top five scorers. Richardson has twice been called up this season, first by the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 20, and then by the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 10. Richardson is averaging a league-high 28.2 points to go with 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 40.8 minutes in nine games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

C.J. Watson, the 100th GATORADE Call-Up in league history, and member of the Golden State Warriors, was selected to the Blue Team by the fans and coaches. Since he is with the Warriors, he will be replaced on the D-League All-Star roster by NBA veteran and Bakersfield Jam guard Andre Barrett. Watson, who played 16 games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers before earning a call-up from the Warriors on Jan. 8, had his NBA contract renewed through the end of the 2007-08 season.

Nine additional D-League standouts will compete in the All-Star Game, including three D-League Player of the Month and D-League.com Performer of the Week honorees. The Red Team will include Lance Allred (Idaho), Elton Brown (Colorado), Kaniel Dickens (Colorado), Dwayne Mitchell (Iowa), Kasib Powell (Sioux Falls), and Cory Violette (Idaho). The Blue Team will include Sean Banks (Los Angeles), Rod Benson (Dakota) and Carlos Powell (Dakota).

The Red Team will be coached by Idaho Stampede (22-5, .814) head coach Bryan Gates and his assistant Ray Lopes, while the Blue Team will be helmed by Los Angeles D-Fenders (18-8, .692) head coach Dan Panaggio and his assistant Chucky Brown. Both coaches were selected based on their teams having the highest winning percentage by Jan. 31. Prior to the game, Gates and Panaggio will choose starting lineups for their respective teams.

NBA Legends Rick Barry and Lenny Wilkens will serve as honorary captains and will share basketball knowledge with the 20 D-League All-Stars. As honorary captains, and former players and coaches, Barry and Wilkens will be on hand to offer their hardwood wisdom throughout the game.

2008 RED TEAM
NO.
PLAYER (TEAM)
POS.
HT.
WT.
BIRTHDATE
FROM
41 Lance Allred (Idaho) C 6-11 250 2/1/81 Weber State
24 Elton Brown (Colorado) F 6-9 250 9/9/83 Virginia
50 Kaniel Dickens (Colorado) F 6-8 235 7/21/78 Idaho
44 Nick Fazekas (Tulsa/Mavericks) F 6-11 235 6/17/85 Nevada
10 Eddie Gill (Colorado) G 6-0 180 8/16/78 Weber State
32 Randy Livingston (Idaho) G 6-4 210 4/2/75 LSU
23 Dwayne Mitchell (Iowa) G 6-5 210 8/24/82 Lou.-Lafayette
15 Kasib Powell (Sioux Falls) F 6-7 215 3/18/81 Texas Tech
18 Billy Thomas (Colorado) G 6-5 220 12/23/75 Kansas
33 Cory Violette (Idaho) F 6-9 255 3/13/82 Gonzaga
Honorary Captain: Rick Barry
Head Coach: Bryan Gates (Idaho), Assistant: Ray Lopes (Idaho)
Athletic Trainer: Kevin Taylor (Idaho)

2008 BLUE TEAM
NO.
PLAYER (TEAM)
POS.
HT.
WT.
BIRTHDATE
FROM
24 Morris Almond (Utah/Jazz) G 6-6 225 2/2/85 Rice
18 Sean Banks (Los Angeles) F 6-8 210 1/20/85 Memphis
7 Andre Barrett (Bakersfield) G 5-10 173 2/21/82 Seton Hall
10 Rod Benson (Dakota) F 6-10 225 10/10/84 California
44 Kyrylo Fesenko (Utah/Jazz) C 7-1 288 12/24/86 Ukraine
15 Keith Langford (Austin) G 6-4 210 9/15/83 Kansas
32 Ian Mahinmi (Austin/Spurs) F 6-11 230 11/5/86 France
00 Jelani McCoy (Los Angeles) C 6-10 235 12/6/77 UCLA
15 Carlos Powell (Dakota) F 6-7 220 8/29/83 South Carolina
23 Jeremy Richardson (Fort Wayne) F 6-7 190 2/11/83 Delta State
4 CJ Watson* (Rio Grande Valley) G 6-2 180 4/17/84 Tennesee
Honorary Captain: Lenny Wilkens
Head Coach: Dan Panaggio (Los Angeles), Assistant: Chucky Brown (Los Angeles)
Athletic Trainer: Marco Nunez (Los Angeles)
* - Watson will be replaced by Andre Barrett due to his active status with the Golden State Warriors.