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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.

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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.

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Aron Baynes Shining For Australia
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Sep 2 2014 3:42PM

Austin Toros alum Aron Baynes -- fresh off of an NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs -- has shined thus far for the Australian National Team in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Follow Baynes, who's had stints with the Toros each of the last two seasons, every step of the way on his FIBA bio page.

RELATED: Notable NBA D-League Alums in 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup

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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

Take a look back at which NBA players made the biggest splash while on assignment in the NBA D-League.
Aug 14 2014 1:25PM



Sometimes all it takes for a young NBA player to break out is an opportunity. For a list of players that grows every year -- from Larry Sanders and Eric Bledsoe to Terrence Jones and Reggie Jackson -- that opportunity has come in the NBA D-League.

NBA D-League assignments often offer the first glance at a player's potential when he's fully unleashed. Sixty-two different NBA players were assigned to the NBA D-League a total of 187 times during the 2013-14 season.

Here are NBADLeague.com's top 10 who impressed the most, developed the most and/or flashed the most potential.

Cooper will coach the Jazz's new single affiliate after spending two seasons as a Rockets assistant.
Aug 14 2014 1:21PM

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

PJ Hairston, Glen Rice Jr. and Tony Mitchell were three of the most prominent NBA D-League alums to shine in Vegas.
Aug 4 2014 11:23AM

Williams signed with the Heat on Friday after shining for the LA D-Fenders during the second half of the NBA D-League season.
Aug 1 2014 2:48PM

The Reno Bighorns alum paraded through the streets of his hometown North Babylon, N.Y., on Saturday.
Jul 28 2014 2:33PM



Danny Green is a man who does not forget his roots.

He still appreciates the opportunity the Reno Bighorns gave him in the NBA D-League three years ago, when his career was at a crossroads.

And he still shares the glory of being a key part of the Spurs' championship lineup with his small hometown on Long Island, New York.

Green got his chance to bring the Larry O'Brien trophy home to North Babylon over the weekend in the latest leg of the Spurs' Trophy Tour.

Locals gathered to greet him at an elementary school before he took off down the parade route in a BMW. He was honored by being given the key to the city, winning the Distinguished Service Award and having a basketball court named after him.

Click here to read Spurs.com's recap of the event, and click here to view a photo gallery.

130 alums, 67 games, 11 days. Sort through the madness that went down at the Las Vegas Summer League in this Photo Recap.
Summer League in Photos: Top Images from Las Vegas
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Jul 25 2014 12:27AM

The 2014 Samsung NBA Summer League featured 130 NBA D-League alums across the 24 rosters, and many took center stage at some point during the 11-day event.

From historic NBA Draft pick PJ Hairston's debut to his predecessor Glen Rice Jr.'s MVP Award-winning performance, relive the wild 67-game Summer League in our Photo Recap.

A season 22 years in the making ended earlier this month when Jackson, a 2013-14 NBA D-League sensation, ruptured his Achilles at the Orlando Summer League.
Jul 23 2014 4:41PM



Pierre Jackson said he never wanted to go to Orlando, to the court where the Achilles tendon in his right leg would rupture and leave his future in doubt. He wanted to go to home, to the bright lights of Las Vegas.

As much as the season of a lifetime that lay ahead, Summer League in Jackson’s backyard had been on his mind ever since the joyous 2014 NBA Draft night, when New Orleans traded him to Philadelphia. He envisioned himself taking the event by storm, backed by a legion of hometown fans, his grandmom -- given the rare chance to see her lil’ P play in person -- “screaming all her usual crazy things” from the stands.

“‘As soon as I go home, I’m gonna try to turn some heads,’” Jackson said he told Sixers Summer League coach Chad Iske.

The Thunder reportedly plan to make their first-round pick the first player ever to be drafted and stashed with their NBA D-League affiliate.
 <em>Bleacher Report:</em> Huestis Could Lead Farm System Revolution
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Jul 22 2014 5:30PM

Josh Huestis was a surprise pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder at the No. 29 spot in last month's NBA Draft. Reports have since offered insight into OKC's plan to "draft-and-stash" Huestis in the NBA D-League.

The situation is similar to how the Thunder handled last year's first-round pick, Grant Jerrett, as well as how Pelicans pick Pierre Jackson ended up on the Idaho Stampede -- only this time, OKC is reportedly planning to sign Huestis to its affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers.

There has been no official word from the team, but Bleacher Report provided a complete breakdown of the potential move and its significance as one of the top stories to monitor entering the 2014-15 NBA D-League season.

Glen Rice Jr., Tony Mitchell and Isaiah Canaan lead the list of NBA D-League alums who made big strides at Summer League.
Stock Up: Top Rising Prospects Out of Las Vegas
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Jul 22 2014 2:08PM

Rudy Gobert owned the paint for the Jazz. Dennis Schroder looked ready to lead the Hawks. Will Cherry and Justin Holiday had their moments.

NBA D-League alums dominated the Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas over the past 11 days.

Of the 130 in all, here are the 10 that most boosted their NBA stocks during the event.

The second-year point guard, who played his first three pro games with Reno, scored 29 points to earn title game MVP honors.
Jul 21 2014 10:59PM



Over the 11-day NBA Summer League, point guard after point guard had jumped into the Las Vegas spotlight before Ray McCallum -- the same point guards that had heard their names called before his on Draft night 2013. From CJ McCollum to Shane Larkin to Isaiah Canaan, they'd all gotten their time to shine.

But after 67 games packed into two UNLV gyms, McCallum was the last man standing. The 23-year-old Kings point guard was steady through their first six games before exploding for 29 points on 9-for-15 shooting in Monday's 77-68 tournament championship win over the Houston Rockets.

McCallum's rise to Summer League title game MVP mirrored his overall rise through the basketball ranks. He passed on schools like Arizona and UCLA to play for his father at Detroit-Mercy. He went No. 36 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft and played his first three pro games in the NBA D-League.

For at least this one 11-day stretch, however, he vaulted himself ahead of the point guards in his class.

"It means a lot," McCallum said of his Summer League hardware. We've been working hard all summer trying to put in a lot of hard work for opportunities like this. And one thing I've learned about the NBA [is] once you get an opportunity, try to make the most of it."

The NBA D-League's highest NBA Draft picks ever pushed themselves to the forefront of the events in Las Vegas.
Day 10 Recap: Successful Summer League Ends for Hairston, Rice Jr.
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Jul 21 2014 12:02AM

It was fitting that PJ Hairston and Glen Rice Jr. both wrapped up their 2014 Summer League experiences on the same day. The two will be linked forever as the players who paved the NBA D-League-to-NBA Draft route to the next level:



They left with another 20+-point performance each -- Rice Jr. with an MVP trophy, as well -- highlighting the second-to-last day of the Samsung NBA Summer League.

Here's a recap of the rest of the events in Vegas on Sunday.

Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington have been inseparable since joining the Rockets organization as rookies. We put Canaan to the test after they advanced to the Summer League title game.
Jul 20 2014 11:25PM



Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington faced each other in the Ohio Valley Conference, spent the first part of the 2013-14 season lighting up the scoreboard with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and finally earned time with the affiliate Houston Rockets. Now they're going to Monday's Samsung NBA Summer League title game together.

But how well does the point guard truly know his pick-and-pop partner?

We put Canaan to the test following Sunday's 83-79 win over the Hornets. Let's just say he fared better in the first game (24 points on 8/17 shooting) than the second...

The former Reno Bighorn and dunk content runner-up got it done on the defensive end this time around, climbing the ladder for a rejection.
Jul 19 2014 10:00PM

Averaging 17.2 points coming in, PJ Hairston scored 15 more -- including this emphatic jam -- as Charlotte advanced to Sunday's semifinals.
Jul 19 2014 6:04PM

The Select Team's comeback overtime win capped another memorable day for alums in Las Vegas.
Day 8 Recap: Select Team Goes Out with a Bang
Jul 19 2014 12:10AM

Devin Ebanks (23 points, 15 rebounds) and the NBA D-League Select Team's comeback win, which brought its Summer League record to 3-3, highlighted the consolation round in Las Vegas.

Click here to see the sights, sounds and highlights from Day 8 in Las Vegas.

The 21-year-old Oakland native scored 7 points in the final minute of the third quarter for his hometown Warriors.
Jul 18 2014 8:24PM



Few, if any, players in Las Vegas appreciate the opportunity to participate in the NBA Summer League more than Kiwi Gardner, whose reaction to being invited was priceless.

The 21-year-old's journey from Oakland has been documented in viral YouTube videos since he was in high school, but he's been pinching himself all week wearing the hometown Warriors uniform and playing for boyhood idol Steve Kerr. Until Friday, his Summer League experience consisted of his usual enthusiastic support for his teammates from the bench.

But then he finally got his chance, and just like he did in the NBA D-League, Gardner responded with a scoring spurt. He poured in seven points in the final minute of the third quarter.

He was at a near loss for words afterward:

The squad's most talented, entertaining and photogenic player talks about himself on and off the court.
Jul 18 2014 2:25PM

Rockets point guard Isaiah Canaan and Wizards forward Glen Rice Jr. look poised for breakout seasons.
Day 7 Recap: Canaan & Rice Jr. Keep Rolling, Select Team Downed
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Jul 18 2014 1:43AM

Few players in Las Vegas have been playing with as much confidence as Isaiah Canaan and Glen Rice Jr., both entering their sophomore seasons with a chance to earn a permanent rotation spot.

Those two were the stars of Day 7 of the Samsung NBA Summer League, taking over down the stretch to lead their teams to wins.

Click here to read more about Canaan and Rice Jr., plus the top highlights and images from Thursday's action.

Click here to read who stood out for the Select Team in its 80-73 loss to the Knicks.

Watch the top three plays made by NBA D-League alums on Thursday.
Jul 18 2014 1:49AM

Hairston enjoyed his best game thus far in Vegas, making 8-of-16 from the field in a 104-75 win.
Jul 17 2014 5:36PM



It had been a frustrating Summer League for Hornets first-round pick PJ Hairston, who missed 28 of the first 26 shots he took.

But then Charlotte extended its stay in Las Vegas with a buzzer-beating three-pointer, and on Thursday the player we saw fill it up with the Texas Legends showed up.

Hairston scored 21 points to pace the Hornets in their second-round win over New Orleans, showcasing his full arsenal of moves in a 104-75 blowout: jumpers off screens and bulldozing attacks to the rim.

He's now scored 18+ points in four straight, and Thursday that volume came with efficiency (8/16 FG). For all the talk that Hairston never met a shot he didn't like, his 21.8 points per game with the Legends came on just 14.5 shots, he got to the free-throw line 5.6 times per game and rarely settled for mid-range jumpers.

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