ROSTER SET FOR NBA D-LEAGUE SELECT TEAM
Select Team Returns to NBA Summer League in Las Vegas for Second Consecutive Year
First Game Scheduled Against Phoenix on July 12
NEW YORK – June 30, 2010 – The NBA Development League today announced the roster for the NBA D-League Select team, which will compete in the 2010 NBA Summer League. The team, comprised of 11 NBA D-League players, will play a five-game schedule beginning on Monday, July 12, at the Cox Pavilion and Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada - Las Vegas.
“Following last year’s successes, we’re excited to bring another talented group of NBA D-League players to the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas,” said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel for the NBA D-League. “NBA Summer League represents a fantastic opportunity for our young players to showcase their skills against top NBA prospects and on basketball’s biggest summer stage.”
Once again fans will be able to watch all of the action from Las Vegas by tuning in to NBA TV or logging on to NBA.com. NBA TV will air the full NBA Summer League schedule, including when the Select Team takes on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, July 13, at 6:00 p.m. ET, while offering live daily studio programming with NBA Game Time. Fans will also have the opportunity to watch the other four Select Team games and the rest of the slate in Las Vegas through the NBA SUMMER LEAGUE BROAD BAND, a subscription service offering live NBA Summer League game webcasts via NBA.com/summerleaguebroadband. The complete package will be $14.95 for access to all Summer League games on a live basis as well as on a video-on-demand basis for up to one week following the conclusion of the League’s final game. A late season package will also be available beginning on July 15, for $9.95.
The 2010 team includes players from eight different NBA D-League teams and features nine players who saw 2010 NBA D-League postseason action, including Larry Owens (Tulsa 66ers). Owens, who played in 50 regular season games with the 66ers during the 2009-10 campaign, led the team to the 2010 NBA D-League Finals. During the regular season, Owens averaged 15.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 36.5 minutes. In eight postseason (and two Finals) games, Owens contributed 18.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 40.6 minutes.
Kurt Looby (Maine Red Claws) returns to the Select Team. During the 2009-10 NBA D-League season, Looby’s 3.3 blocks per game was second in the league, while his 58 percent from the field (117-of-196) was good for third best. Russell Robinson, Looby’s Red Claws teammate, was fifth in the NBA D-League in steals, averaging 2.0 steals per game during the season.
Yaroslav Korolev and Cezary Trybanski, teammates with the Reno Bighorns during the 2009-10 season and the two Select Team players with NBA experience, join the roster following successful seasons in the NBA D-League. Korolev, a native of Russia and the 12th overall selection in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, averaged 10.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 22.6 minutes in 47 regular seasons games. Trybanski, a native of Poland, averaged 7.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 47 regular season games.
A member of the 2010 NBA D-League Champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Jonathan Wallace joins the Select Team having shot 89 percent from the free throw line, fourth-best in the league during the 2009-10 season.
Bennett Davis, who averaged 12.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 28.2 minutes in 50 games for the Utah Flash; Mike Gansey, who averaged 18.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 43.2 minutes in 27 games for the Erie BayHawks after being traded from the Idaho Stampede; Jared Newson, who played 46 games with the Bakersfield Jam and Sioux Falls Skyforce, averaged 9.2 points, 3.9 assists and 23.0 minutes between the teams; Mark Tyndale, who averaged 12.3 points, shooting 53 percent, to go with 3.6 rebounds and 23.3 minutes in 50 regular season games for the Iowa Energy; and Curtis Withers, who averaged 11.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 24.5 minutes in 50 games for the Dakota Wizards round out the roster.
Nick Nurse, the three-year head coach of the Iowa Energy who led the team to an NBA D-League record 37-13 record during the 2009-10 season, was named head coach of the Select Team. Joining him on the bench in Las Vegas are his Energy assistant Nate Bjorkgren, Rio Grande Valley first-year assistant coach Jai Stedman, and second-year Austin Toros assistant coach Taylor Jenkins. Kevin Taylor of the Idaho Stampede will serve as the team’s athletic trainer.
The NBA D-League Select team begins their summer schedule on July 12 when they face-off against the Phoenix Suns at 8:30 p.m. ET at the Thomas & Mack Center. The 2010 NBA Summer League is comprised of 21 NBA teams and the NBA D-League Select squad, and features rookies, second-year players and select free agents.
The 2010 NBA D-League Select roster and game schedule are listed below:
|PLAYER||POS||HT||WT||BORN||COLLEGE||NBA D-LEAGUE TEAM||NBA EXP.|
|Bennet Davis||F||6-8||220||3/14/1984||Northeastern||Utah Flash||R|
|Mike Gansey||G||6-4||190||12/21/1982||West Virginia||Erie BayHawks||R|
|Yaroslav Korolev||G/F||6-8||225||5/7/1987||Russia||Reno Bighorns||2|
|Kurt Looby||C||6-10||230||2/17/1984||Iowa||Maine Red Claws||R|
|Jared Newson||G/F||6-4||210||9/26/1984||Tennessee-Martin||Sioux Falls Skyforce||R|
|Larry Owens||G/F||6-7||205||1/8/1983||Oral Roberts||Tulsa 66ers||R|
|Russell Robinson||G||6-1||190||1/24/1986||Kansas||Maine Red Claws||R|
|Cezary Trybanski||C||7-1||240||9/22/1979||Poland||Reno Bighorns||3|
|Mark Tyndale||G||6-5||210||1/4/1986||Temple||Iowa Energy||R|
|Jonathan Wallace||G||6-1||185||5/16/1986||Georgetown||Rio Grande Valley Vipers||R|
|Curtis Withers||F||6-8||230||8/2/1984||Charlotte||Dakota Wizards||R|
Head Coach: Nike Nurse (Iowa Energy)
Assistant Coaches: Nate Bjorkgren (Iowa Energy); Taylor Jenkins (Austin Toros); Jai Stedman (Rio Grande Valley Vipers)
Athletic Trainer: Kevin Taylor (Idaho Stampede)
NBA D-League Select Schedule (all times ET):
|July 12||Phoenix||8:30 p.m.||Thomas & Mack|
|July 13||Cleveland||6:00 p.m.||COX Pavilion|
|July 15||Memphis||10:30 p.m.||Thomas & Mack|
|July 17||Atlanta||10:30 p.m.||Thomas & Mack|
|July 18||L.A. Clippers||8:30 p.m.||Thomas & Mack|