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As the NBA turns its attention to the now five-time champs, revisit the journeys of San Antonio's five alums, including Finals heroes Danny Green and Patty Mills.
Oct 27 2014 11:50AM



It's #ChampionsDay in the NBA universe as we celebrate the 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014 NBA champion San Antonio Spurs leading up to tonight's "Champions Revealed" special on NBA TV (9 p.m. ET).

That incredible most recent title run came with an assist from five NBA D-League alums, including Finals heroes Danny Green and Patty Mills. Revisit their Finals experiences and their NBA D-League background in these links:

Green's NBA D-League Days: Former coach and teammate reflect on the sharpshooter's stint as a free-agent prospect with the Reno Bighorns



Four seasons before he broke out with the Spurs, Mills made his pro debut on assignment with the Idaho Stampede, scoring 38 points and hitting a game-winning layup two days later:



Alums celebrate title: Sights & Sounds from the Game 5 clincher

Photo Gallery: Images of the Finals

The 25-year-old wing was one of the stars of Summer League in Las Vegas, parlaying his performance into Golden State's final spot.
Oct 27 2014 9:26AM

All the glory to GOD!! It's official!! I am a Golden State Warrior and couldn't be any happier; I love it here. I want to thank Coach Kerr and the Warriors organization ( @warriors ) giving me this opportunity. I am excited to be playing for one of the best teams in the NBA, as well as the best fan base in the league! Most importantly I want to thank God, I couldn't have done any of this without Him. I do not deserve His blessings, yet here I stand. Thanks to everyone that has supported, prayed for, and even congratulated me. You all mean so much to me and I love yall. And of course, I have to thank my beautiful wife ( @shekinaholiday ) for being the best support I could ask for. Thank you for praying and encouraging me and always sending me to God. I love you. Now it's time to get to work! It's going to be a good year. #Godisgood #dubnation

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It was a bittersweet weekend for the NBA D-League as NBA teams made their final cuts -- which included several standout prospects from last year.

But the sweetest story of them all came out of Oakland, where Justin Holiday earned the Golden State Warriors' final roster spot. Jrue's older brother played the entire 2012-13 season with the Idaho Stampede, averaging 17.3 points and garnering all-NBADL defensive second team honors.

Holiday shined during the Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, posting back-to-back 20+-point games for the Warriors, including a game-winning bucket.

Here are 10 breakout candidates who've spent time in the NBA D-League at some point in their careers.
10 NBA D-League Alums to Watch During the Upcoming NBA Season
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Oct 24 2014 4:14PM

Every year brings a new set of players who break out at the NBA level after making pit stops in the NBA D-League. Last year's crop included three Suns (Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee and PJ Tucker), impact players for playoff teams (Patrick Beverley, Amir Johnson, Mike Scott) and young guys finding their way (Shelvin Mack, Terrence Jones, Tony Wroten).

Who will take the next step this year?

Here are 10 candidates.

The Rockets' forward put up 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game as a rookie with the RGV Vipers.
Oct 23 2014 4:40PM

The Texas Legends alum is bringing an old-school look back while trying to carve out a role with the Clippers.
Chris Douglas-Roberts Sporting the
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Oct 23 2014 2:48PM

After stints with the Texas Legends in back-to-back seasons, Chris Douglas-Roberts has finally found a home in the NBA.

Last year he emerged as a key scorer off the bench for the then-Charlotte Bobcats, reaching the playoffs for the first time.

This year he's not only landed the second full-year deal of his career with another contender, the Los Angeles Clippers, but he's also become the leader of a one-man movement to bring short shorts back to the NBA.

From the Los Angeles Times:

    Douglas-Roberts wants his fashion to make a statement about his role on the Clippers. He says the shorts will give him the freedom to be an elite perimeter defender.

    "They want me to check the best guy and you have to have stamina, you have to be able to move," Douglas-Roberts said. "I'm not saying you can't move with bigger shorts, but I feel more comfortable in these."

    ...

    His shorts complete an ensemble that produces an instant smile from teammates.

    "Guys that are just themselves and believe in themselves," forward Blake Griffin said, "it's pretty refreshing in a word full of people who are trying to follow the norm and just trying to fit in."



Two more looks at the so-called "Stocktons":

After a busy past six months, introducing the new-look NBA D-League, the first segment in our NBA D-League 101 series.
Oct 22 2014 1:46PM

The NBA Development League has a brand-new look heading into its 14th season.

In 2014-15, there will not only be new players taking the court -- there will be new coaches on the sideline, new logos across jerseys and new cities on the NBA D-League map.

Click here for a full rundown of what changed during a busy offseason for the NBA's official minor league.

A breakout prospect last season, Dedmon has a spot in Orlando secured and continues to develop as a rebounder and shot blocker.
Oct 21 2014 9:27AM

The 28-year-old was hired out of Division-III Grinnell College, where he learned under his father's unconventional system.
Learn More About Reno's New Head Coach, David Arseneault Jr.
Oct 20 2014 3:15PM

Over the weekend, the Reno Bighorns made the latest in a long line of unconventional moves to take place in the NBA D-League, hiring a Division-III associate head coach as their head coach for the 2014-15 season.

Grinnell College's David Arseneault Jr. isn't coming from the anonymity where Nevada Smith -- last year's choice to head from D-III to the NBA's minor league -- emerged last season, however.

Arseneault's father is the architect of "The System," an extreme style of basketball that has produced the nation's highest-scoring team in 19 of the last 21 seasons. Grinnell made national headlines when guard Jack Taylor scored a college-record 138 points in a single game in 2012.

Arseneault Jr., 28, played for his father from 2006-09 -- finishing as NCAA Division III's all-time leader in assists per game (9.4) -- and joined his coaching staff after graduating.

For an introduction to what will become of the biggest stories of the upcoming NBA D-League season, here are some good places to start:

Yahoo! Sports: The system behind Jack Taylor's historic 138-point game for Grinnell

ESPN.com: Grinnell basketball is about a lot more than how Jack Taylor does each night

Boston Globe: Grinnell College’s unusual formula for basketball success

"I was a completely different person when I came back from Maine," the Celtics guard said of his 2011 assignment.
ESPN.com: Avery Bradley's Rise Began in Maine
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Oct 20 2014 10:02AM

In January 2011, Avery Bradley was a 20-year-old rookie who had appeared in just 14 of the Celtics' first 38 games, scoring a total of 15 points.

He was assigned to the Maine Red Claws for a nine-game NBA D-League stint that he now credits with jump-starting his career.

"I was a completely different person when I came back from Maine," Bradley told ESPNBoston.com. "I remember I came back, and I hadn't got a haircut, and they called me a 'man on a mission.'"

Bradley averaged 17.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.0 steals in those nine games. Nearly four years later, he's a key cog in Boston's rebuilding project, entering the first season of a four-year, $32-million deal.

Read more about Bradley's time with the Red Claws on ESPNBoston.com.

Kalin Lucas is among the NBA D-Leaguers who've made their way into preseason action.
Old Faces, New Places: Prospects in the NBA Preseason
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Oct 17 2014 5:01PM

More than two dozen NBA D-League prospects from last season earned spots on NBA training camp rosters this fall, and a select few have made an impact in preseason games.

Meet -- or get re-introduced to -- 10 of the NBA D-Leaguers who hope to stay in NBA uniforms into November.

'Too Good to Be True': How Kiwi Gardner Made the Santa Cruz Warriors
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Oct 17 2014 12:05AM

A year ago, Kiwi Gardner was one of hundreds to attend the NBA D-League's open tryouts. Now the 21-year-old has become more than just a YouTube sensation -- he's the face of the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Click here to read NBADLeague.com's feature, The Tryout.

"Sniper from the Vipers" Troy Daniels is the headliners as the Rockets move their preseason schedule to State Farm Arena this weekend.
Oct 17 2014 12:56AM

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This weekend's "Rocket Launch," when the Houston Rockets head south to McAllen, Texas, for two days of practices and a Sunday night preseason game, represents a homecoming of sorts for six Rockets.

Jeff Adrien, Patrick Beverley, Isaiah Canaan, Troy Daniels, Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas have all previously played at State Farm Arena as members of the affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

All of them also figure to be part of Houston's rotation during the upcoming season.

Oct 16 2014 11:19AM

The Austin Toros have been renamed the Austin Spurs, becoming the third NBA D-League team to share a name with its NBA affiliate.
Oct 16 2014 10:13AM

The Austin Toros officially became the Austin Spurs on Wednesday at the Cedar Park Center in the latest in a long line of offseason changes in the NBA D-League.

Three NBA D-League teams now share the name of their NBA affiliates: the Austin Spurs, the Santa Cruz Warriors and the expansion Westchester Knicks.

"This really lines up with our culture and brand identity that the Spurs have down in San Antonio and really worldwide," Spurs assistant GM Sean Marks said at the press conference. "It is in clear alignment with what we're doing here in Austin."

Watch more from the press conference:

The exhibition in Portland drew more than 5,900 fans from "Crustacean Nation" to see the parent club take on the Raptors.
Oct 16 2014 10:13AM

The Boston Celtics held their preseason game against the Toronto Raptors at the Portland Exposition Building in Maine on Wednesday night, giving "Crustacean Nation" a first-hand look at their big league club.

More than 5,900 were in attendance to see NBA D-League alum Louis Williams hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to seal a win for the Raptors. Former Red Claw Avery Bradley chipped in 13 points for the Celtics.

More from the game:







The guards appear poised to make an impact in Houston after shining in RGV as rookies in 2013-14.
Oct 15 2014 3:43PM

NBA D-League Alums at Media Day
Oct 3 2014 1:33PM

With NBA training camps opening, it's time to take a look at some of the best images of our NBA D-League alums in training camp.









Aron Baynes Signs Guaranteed Deal With Spurs
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Sep 2 2014 3:42PM

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have re-signed Aron Baynes.

Baynes, who originally joined the Spurs as a free agent on Jan. 23, 2013, appeared in 53 games during the 2013-14 season, averaging 3.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 9.3 minutes. He played 27 games with the Toros last season.

READ MORE ON SPURS.COM

Sep 23 2014 11:09AM

Westchester Knicks GM Allan Houston leaves some words of wisdom to the team's open tryout participants.

NBA D-League Alum Chris Quinn Added to Miami Heat Staff
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Sep 18 2014 1:12PM

Chris Quinn, who played 23 games for Tulsa during the 2012-13 season, has been added to the Miami Heat coaching staff. As part of his role, Quinn will also have responsibilities with Miami's NBA D-League team, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

READ MORE ON HEAT.COM

Thomas Scott Earns Coaching Call-Up
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Sep 17 2014 12:34AM

Thomas Scott, son of new Lakers head coach Byron Scott, has been hired by the Lakers as an assistant coach. Scott brings a combined nine seasons of experience as an assistant coach and video coordinator at the NBA and NBA D-League levels to his position. In the NBA D-League, he has held positions with the L.A. D-Fenders and Canton Charge.

READ MORE ON LAKERS.COM

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Watch highlights from the two games Bledsoe played with the Jam while recovering from knee surgery in 2012.
Aug 15 2014 2:43PM

The 27-year-old wing is the second former Top Prospect Miami has signed this month, joining Shawne Williams.
Aug 12 2014 4:44PM

NBA.com tested the NBA rookie class' knowledge of Thanasis' mouthful of a last name.
Aug 11 2014 2:40PM

@NBADLeague's remix of the Top 10 Highlights of the Year, in rapid-fire succession.
Aug 8 2014 2:01PM

Watch the explosive forward, acquired in a trade on Wednesday, showcase his talent while on assignment from the Kings in 2012-13.
Aug 7 2014 5:08PM

Before Becky Hammon's historic move to the Spurs, two women paved the way as NBA D-League coaches.
Aug 7 2014 2:18PM

Aquille Carr, Kiwi Gardner, Ra'shad James, Pierre Jackson and Troy Daniels highlight the list.
Aug 5 2014 4:49PM



With the countdown to the 2014-15 season at more than 80 days, it's time to hit the rewind button.

Here are the NBA D-League's top 10 highlights from the past year -- to keep you busy during the wait.

The Charge alum signed with the Raptors on Sunday, completing his rise as another Big Sky sleeper.
Aug 4 2014 3:57PM



Before Damian Lillard faced the likes of Chris Paul, Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook each night, there was one point guard he couldn't shake.

From the streets of Oakland to the mountains of Utah, Will Cherry stuck to Lillard like a thorn in his side -- the same way he guarded him and anyone else who crossed him on the court, for that matter.

Lillard averaged 22.4 points during a breakout senior season at Oakland High School; Cherry’s nearby McClymonds High team went 33-0 on its way to the state title. Lillard emerged as an under-the-radar star for the Weber State Wildcats; Cherry twice led the University of Montana past the Wildcats in the Big Sky conference title game.

“I respected him from the first time I ever played against him,” Lillard said of his childhood rival-turned-friend.

The two draft picks from the NBA D-League took part in the 2014 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot in New York on Sunday.
Poetry in Motion: Hairston, Antetokounmpo at NBA Rookie Photo Shoot
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Aug 4 2014 12:43AM

It's the dog days of August, with nearly three months until NBA rookies suit up for their first official games.

So it's the perfect time to have some fun, which PJ Hairston and Thanasis Antetokounmpo -- the two 2014 draft picks from the NBA D-League -- did on Sunday in Westchester, N.Y. Hairston sported Charlotte's new purple Hornets uniforms, while Antetokounmpo looked right at home in the Knicks' blue and orange.

Here are the best sights, sounds and selfies from the afternoon: TWEETCAP | PHOTO GALLERY

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