Sixty-Three Former NBA D-Leaguers Highlight 2010-11 NBA Opening Day Rosters

NEW YORK, October 26, 2010 – Tying an all-time high, 63 players with NBA Development League experience highlight 2010-11 NBA opening day rosters. That number of former NBA D-Leaguers on NBA opening day rosters equaled the previous high of 63 featured on 2009-10 NBA start-of-season rosters, and surpassed the 60 former NBA D-Leaguers on 2008-09 opening day rosters. In just four years, the number of former NBA D-League players on NBA start-of-season rosters has nearly doubled, going from 35 on opening day in 2006-07 to 63 today.

Twenty-nine of 30 NBA teams feature at least one player with NBA D-League experience, while the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves each have four former NBA D-Leaguers on their respective rosters.

Of the 63 former NBA D-League players in the NBA, nine are members of teams in action tonight, including Von Wafer (Boston Celtics); Aaron Brooks and Chuck Hayes (Houston Rockets); Matt Barnes and Shannon Brown (Los Angeles Lakers); Joel Anthony (Miami Heat); Earl Clark and Garret Siler (Phoenix Suns); and Patrick Mills (Portland Trail Blazers).

Following is the list of players with NBA D-League experience on opening day rosters.

PlayerNBA TeamLast D-League Team
Maurice Ager*MinnesotaMaine
Alexis Ajinca*DallasMaine
Joe Alexander*New OrleansFort Wayne
Louis AmundsonGolden StateColorado
Chris AndersenDenverFayetteville
Joel Anthony*MiamiIowa
Kelenna AzubuikeNew YorkFort Worth
Jose Juan Barea*DallasFort Worth
Matt BarnesL.A. LakersFayetteville
Brandon Bass*OrlandoTulsa
Andray Blatche*WashingtonRoanoke
Aaron Brooks*HoustonRio Grande Valley
Shannon Brown*L.A. LakersRio Grande Valley
Will BynumDetroitRoanoke
Matt CarrollCharlotteRoanoke
Earl Clark*PhoenixIowa
Daequan Cook*Oklahoma CityIowa
Joey Dorsey*TorontoRio Grande Valley
Jordan Farmar*New JerseyLos Angeles
Kyrylo Fesenko*UtahUtah
Gary ForbesDenverTulsa
Alonzo Gee*San AntonioAustin
Marcin Gortat*OrlandoAnaheim
Stephen GrahamNew JerseySioux Falls
Donte’ Greene*SacramentoReno
Hamed Haddadi*MemphisDakota
Chuck HayesHoustonAlbuquerque
Ryan Hollins*ClevelandFort Worth
Lester Hudson*WashingtonDakota
Ersan Ilyasova*MilwaukeeTulsa
Darnell Jackson*SacramentoErie
Eugene ‘Pooh’ JeterSacramentoColorado
Amir Johnson* TorontoSioux Falls
Dahntay JonesIndianaFort Wayne
Kosta Koufos*MinnesotaUtah
Shaun LivingstonCharlotteTulsa
Ian Mahinmi*DallasAustin
Cartier MartinWashingtonIowa
Josh McRoberts*IndianaIdaho
Pops Mensah-Bonsu*New OrleansAustin
C.J. Miles*UtahIdaho
Patrick Mills*PortlandIdaho
Jamario MoonClevelandFort Worth
Byron Mullens*Oklahoma CityTulsa
Steve Novak*DallasRio Grande Valley
Josh Powell*AtlantaFort Worth
Ramon Sessions*ClevelandTulsa
Garret SilerPhoenixUtah
Bobby SimmonsSan AntonioMobile
Jermaine Taylor*HoustonRio Grande Valley
Garrett TempleSan AntonioRio Grande Valley
Hasheem Thabeet*MemphisDakota
Anthony Tolliver*MinnesotaIdaho
Von Wafer*BostonColorado
Bill Walker*New YorkMaine
C.J. WatsonChicagoRio Grande Valley
Martell Webster*MinnesotaFort Worth
Sonny Weems*TorontoColorado
D.J. White*Oklahoma CityTulsa
Lou Williams*PhiladelphiaFort Worth
Jawad WilliamsClevelandRio Grande Valley
Reggie WilliamsGolden StateSioux Falls
Dorell Wright*Golden StateFlorida

* NBA assigned player

The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2009-10 season, the league featured 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor, while a new team, the Texas Legends, will join the League for the 2010-11 season. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.