Guards Seth Curry and Darius Morris lead the list of prospects who boosted their stock in the first round.
Prospect Watch Presented By BBVA, Playoffs Edition: Round 1
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Apr 15 2014 4:40PM

The NBA D-League regular season came and went, and April 19 is the last day prospects can be called up to the next level. But NBA eyes are always watching, and the NBA D-League Playoffs gives the players lucky enough to make it yet another platform to showcase their abilities. Whether during NBA Summer League, training camp or next season, being a part of a winning team could pay off down the road.

Here are the players who boosted their stock the most during the first round:


Guards Tre Kelley and Darius Morris delivered in the winner-take-all series finales to push their teams to the semifinals.
Apr 15 2014 10:01AM

Both of Monday night's winner-take-all Game 3s lived up to their billing, as the Sioux Falls Skyforce and RGV Vipers needed some late heroics to advance to the semifinals. The semifinal matchups are set, with Sioux Falls taking on No. 1 seed Fort Wayne and RGV playing a 2013 NBA D-League Finals rematch against Santa Cruz (view the full bracket here).

It was lead guards Tre Kelley and Darius Morris who led the way on Monday, continuing their hot play. Watch highlights of their clutch performances here:

CDR began the season with the Texas Legends and capped it on Monday night with this clutch shot for the playoff-bound Bobcats.
Apr 15 2014 9:54AM

A date with Santa Cruz in the semifinals is up for grabs when Austin Freeman and Iowa take on Robert Covington and RGV.
Game 3 Preview: Iowa Energy vs. RGV Vipers
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Apr 14 2014 5:01PM

A total of 568 points have been scored in the first two games of the Energy-Vipers series, so you can bet on another shootout breaking out in tonight's winner-take-all Game 3. What factors will decide who advances to the semifinals?


DeAndre Liggins kept Sioux Falls alive with six threes in Game 2, but Canton has had its way with the Skyforce inside.
Game 3 Preview: Sioux Falls Skyforce vs. Canton Charge
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Apr 14 2014 4:56PM

The physical, defensive series between the Charge and Skyforce will be decided on Monday night in Sioux Falls, where the Skyforce are 20-6 this season. Catch up on all you need to know about what's happened in the first two games and what to watch for in the winner-take-all Game 3 here:


A look at the Rockets affiliate's run-and-gun offense, as told by the coaches and players who orchestrate it.
Apr 14 2014 12:40AM

Monday's contract with the Pelicans represents the culmination of a long road back to the NBA for the 35-year-old.
Apr 14 2014 12:29AM

Most NBA fans know Melvin Ely (if they know him at all) as just another backup center who came and went through the league. But Monday's late-season contract with the New Orleans Pelicans holds special meaning for the 35-year-old; it's the culmination of a year in which he rededicated himself to the game -- losing 30 pounds heading into the Texas Legends' season -- and played to make his family proud.

He told about his motivation at Showcase in January:

MORE: Age Is Just A Number

Grantland: No Country for Old Men -- Melvin Ely and the Reclamation Projects of the Texas Legends

The Rockets rookie played in both RGV's playoff game in Iowa on Saturday afternoon and Houston's home game that night.
Troy Daniels Pulled Off the Rare NBA D-League/NBA Doubleheader
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Apr 14 2014 10:40AM

It's been an amazing rookie year for Troy Daniels, who broke the NBA D-League's single-season three-point record barely past the halfway point and earned a contract with the Rockets for his efforts. On Saturday, he added another notch on his belt, playing in both the RGV Vipers' NBA D-League playoff game in Iowa and the Houston Rockets' home game against the Pelicans.

In all, the "Moreyball" machine -- who launched 78% of his shots from beyond the arc during the regular season -- got up 22 threes and scored 33 points. He went 1-1, as the Vipers' overtime loss forced a Game 3 in Iowa that will tip off at 8 p.m. on Monday. Here's how his busy day looked in shot chart form:

Read more about Daniels' doubleheader on

Darius Morris' incredible effort (51 points, 18 assists) for RGV headlined the weekend's top performances as two series wrapped up.
Apr 14 2014 10:39AM
Stephen's younger brother entered the Curry Zone with unconscious shooting from deep: 9 threes and 15-of-20 from the field overall.
Apr 11 2014 11:09AM

A year ago it was Stephen Curry who enjoyed a coming-out party in the playoffs, taking over games with unconscious shooting. On Thursday, it was younger brother Seth's turn to enter the Curry Zone -- on National Siblings Day and "Splash Brothers" Night, no less.

While Steph took on the Nuggets at Oracle Arena, Seth caught fire in his first career playoff game for Golden State's NBA D-League affiliate in nearby Santa Cruz. His final numbers topped even some of his brothers' best games: 44 points -- the third-most ever scored in an NBA D-League playoff game -- on 15-for-20 shooting, including 9-for-14 from beyond the arc.


The former Syracuse standout is headed back to the NBA four months after his short-lived first stint ended.
Apr 11 2014 2:57PM

James Southerland's first taste of the NBA lasted two minutes and 46 seconds.

That's how much court time the 23-year-old saw in his lone game with the Charlotte Bobcats after making their roster out of training camp as an undrafted free agent. He was released 12 days later, picked up by the NBA D-League's Los Angeles D-Fenders five days after that, and left to work his way back up.

But Southerland had shown over a standout senior year at Syracuse that he had an NBA small forward's game, and he knew his time would come. "It can be a long process, but you don't want to get too frustrated. You just play how you play and everything will turn out OK," he said in March.


K.C. Rivers, looking to pick himself back up after a late-season slump, is one of several players who can set themselves up for a big summer.
Which Prospects Have the Most to Gain in the Playoffs?
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Apr 10 2014 2:27PM

The playoffs are a player's last chance to impress NBA teams, and many can do wonders for their stock this month. Here's who has the most to gain with a deep run, from NBA vets and rookies to unheralded role players:


NBA D-League vets Ron Howard and Mo Charlo meet in an East-West showdown between two unselfish, well-balanced teams.
Series Preview: Fort Wayne Mad Ants (1) vs. Reno Bighorns (8)
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Apr 10 2014 2:26PM

In a league with constant roster turnover, it's rare for a single player to become the face of a team. But Ron Howard and Mo Charlo have done just that for the Mad Ants and Bighorns, playing a combined 482 games over 14 seasons in the NBA D-League. They happen to lead two of the most unselfish teams in the league, both relying on continuity and balance rather than individual talent to win this season. Here's how the Mad Ants and Bighorns stack up:


Terrence Williams and the loaded D-Fenders have been on a roll, but Seth Curry and the Warriors loom as a playoff dark horse.
Series Preview: Los Angeles D-Fenders (2) vs. Santa Cruz Warriors (6)
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Apr 10 2014 2:26PM

If you're looking for familiar faces in the NBA D-League playoffs, Cali is the place to go. NBA vets Shawne and Terrence Williams have helped create a juggernaut in El Segundo, while the Santa Cruz version of the Splash Brothers, Seth Curry and Mychel Thompson, has come on strong for the Warriors' playoff dark horse. Here's how the two teams stack up:


DeAndre Liggins and Gilbert Brown lead two of the league's top defenses into what is shaping up to be a knock-down, drag-out battle.
Series Preview: Sioux Falls Skyforce (4) vs. Canton Charge (7)
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Apr 10 2014 2:26PM

Things are looking bright for the Sioux Falls Skyforce heading into their first playoffs as the single affiliate of the Miami Heat. Winners of six straight, Sioux Falls gets a favorable draw in the Canton Charge, who lost 7 of their final 10 games. Can the Charge regain the form that at one point had them in control of the East Division? Here's how the two teams stack up:


RGV assignee Robert Covington and Iowa sixth man Austin Freeman are just two of many players in this series who can fill it up.
Series Preview: Iowa Energy (3) vs. RGV Vipers (5)
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Apr 10 2014 2:25PM

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Iowa Energy battled for the Central Division title for the past five months, so it's only fitting that they'll settle the score for good in the first round of the NBA D-League playoffs. Iowa won the division by a game and the season series 3-1, but both teams have taken on a much different look this April. Here's how they stack up:


The Iowa Energy star, called up by the T-Wolves this week, sat down with Lang Whitaker to talk about his NBA D-League experience.
Apr 10 2014 9:57AM

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The parent club followed RGV's 146-point playoff barrage against Iowa with 145 points of their own in L.A.
Houston Rockets, RGV Vipers Combined for 291 Points on Tuesday
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Apr 9 2014 12:48AM

Many NBA Development League affiliates are in sync with their parent clubs, playing the same style, using the same terminology and sometimes even running the same sets. But what the Houston Rockets and Rio Grande Valley Vipers did on Tuesday night took one-to-one affiliation to another level.

About a half-hour after the Vipers completed a 146-point barrage against the Iowa Energy in Game 1 of the NBA D-League playoffs, the Rockets launched into a scoring outburst of their own, eventually finishing with 145 against the Lakers. RGV's point total was hardly unusual; they averaged 123.1 during the regular season, topping 140 three times. Houston's 145-spot, on the other hand, was the most scored in an NBA game this season, 11 shy of the 13-year-old team record.


Five months and 35 Call-Ups later, these are the 30 players who made the cut for's Top Prospects list.
Apr 8 2014 5:25PM

After five months' worth of games and constant moving and shaking, 2013-14 season is in the books. A host of players boosted their stock in the NBA D-League this year, but the final rankings attempt to peg the 30 who are closest to an NBA Call-Up. Prospects who aren't signed by the April 19 deadline have set themselves up to get plenty of looks during Summer League, training camps and preseason.

Click here to go to the Prospect Watch and go Beyond the Rankings.


Devin Ebanks
Rank: 5

Seth Curry
Rank: 7

Mario Little
Rank: 28

Trey McKinney Jones
Rank: 29

Scott Suggs
Rank: 30


Chris Wright
Rank: 4

Adonis Thomas
Rank: 10

Damion James
Rank: 15

Othyus Jeffers
Rank: 19

Courtney Fells
Rank: 30

*The Prospect Watch presented by BBVA Compass was updated once each week throughout the 2013-14 regular season. Our rankings are a combination of upside and experience, potential and production. Only Call-Up eligible players that have played at least one game this season are ranked. This, therefore, excludes Texas' P.J. Hairston, Erie's Cleveland Melvin, and Delaware's trio of Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Norvel Pelle and Elijah Pittman, who are all eligible for the 2014 NBA Draft and consequently cannot earn a Call-Up this season.

The rankings are compiled by the editors at
Take a look at the path your team is going to have to take to win the 2014 NBA D-League title.
Apr 7 2014 12:16AM


The reporter lived a day in the life of an assistant coach during the Iowa Energy's March 22 game vs. Tulsa.
Apr 7 2014 10:12AM


See who will be playing who in the first round of the NBA D-League Playoffs.
Apr 6 2014 3:25PM

After a frantic finish to the NBA D-League regular season, we now have the matchups set. Click here to view the full playoff schedule.


1: Fort Wayne
2: Los Angeles
3. Iowa
4. Sioux Falls
5. Rio Grande Valley
6. Santa Cruz
7. Canton
8. Reno profiles the man who was built to coach the Grizzlies, seven years after he led the Dakota Wizards to the NBA D-League title.
 <em>Sports Illustrated</em>: Dave Joerger Embodies Grit and Grind
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Apr 4 2014 2:11PM

Dave Joerger came up through the coaching ranks "the hard-knock way," as Sports Illustrated put it. His rise through pro basketball included a storybook season in the NBA D-League that ended with his Dakota Wizards winning the 2006-07 league title. Now the 40-year-old has the Memphis Grizzlies chasing 50 wins and a playoff berth in the loaded Western Conference.'s Chris Ballard provides the backstory on Joerger's path to Memphis and his first season as an NBA head coach.

A year after he captivated the nation as the face of Florida Gulf Coast's miraculous NCAA tournament run, Sherwood Brown is just another NBA D-League prospect trying to find his way in pro basketball.
Apr 4 2014 11:27AM

No matter what city he visits on his professional travels -- from Erie, Pa., to Hidalgo, Texas, to Reno, Nev., -- Sherwood Brown will inevitably face the same question:

"Are you that guy from that team?"

No one can forget the swaggering, dreadlocked centerpiece of the NCAA tournament's most irresistable Cinderella, the 2013 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles -- the most fun player on college basketball's most fun team. More than a year separates Brown, now a member of the NBA Development League's Maine Red Claws, from the most magical week of his 22-year-old life, and in many ways he's still riding the high it produced. "#DunkCity," his Twitter profile still reads. "Yea we ruined your bracket."


A former first-round pick with some untapped upside, James fits the Spurs mold as a versatile, defensive-minded combo forward.
Apr 3 2014 12:24AM

There was a time when Damion James appeared to have Kawhi Leonard-like potential after developing into a collegiate star over his four years at Texas. Now he'll serve as Kawhi Leonard insurance -- and maybe spell the Spurs' versatile forward off the bench for the near future -- as a reward for his stellar play in the NBA D-League.


Don't miss an opportunity to watch live NBA D-League basketball on CBS Sports Network Thursday at 9PM ET.
Apr 2 2014 12:58AM

Since Shane Edwards has returned to the NBA D-League, the 6-foot-7 power forward has been playing his best basketball of the season. He will lead the playoff-bound Charge against the Toros tonight.

Watch on CBS Sports Network at 9PM ET


With four days left in the regular season, all eyes in the NBA D-League are on the Central Division. We size up the three contenders here.
Fight to the Finish: Energy, Vipers, Skyforce Vie for Central Division Title
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Apr 2 2014 3:46PM

Approaching the final few days of the NBA D-League regular season, the Central Division champion has yet to be crowned. Three teams are currently tied in the standings, with a combined six games still to come on their schedules -- games that will have crucial implications on seeding and homecourt advantage in the playoffs, beginning next week. Who's got the upper hand? Here's how the contenders look heading down the stretch:


Headliners include Fort Wayne's Tony Mitchell, who packed a Call-Up, continued progress and plenty of high-flying dunks into a single month.
Apr 1 2014 4:02PM

On Monday, the Los Angeles D-Fenders won for the 11th time in 13 games, clinching the West Division title with a 119-108 win over the Bighorns and in the process locking in the eight teams for the NBA D-League playoffs: Fort Wayne, L.A., Iowa, Rio Grande Valley, Sioux Falls, Canton, Reno and Santa Cruz, in an order still to be determined over the next five days. The D-Fenders' dominance -- they averaged 127.7 points per game and shot 49% from the field -- was one of several stories that dominated the month of March.

Take a look at the statistical leaders from the past month, as well as the top highlights from the NBA D-League's YouTube Channel:


Armor forward Adonis Thomas, still flourishing after returning from the Magic, headlines our Top Weekend Performers list.
Top 10 Prospect Performers: March 28-30
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Mar 31 2014 4:06PM

One the last full weekend NBA D-League prospects had to showcase themselves for NBA teams, a mix of NBA vets, journeymen and up-and-comers shined through. Go inside their numbers and watch their highlights in our Top 10 Performers Gallery.


Ron Howard passed Renaldo Major as the all-time leading scorer in NBA D-League history.
Mar 30 2014 12:08AM

Called up on March 6, Gutierrez has quickly earned a role as a backup guard for Brooklyn.
Mar 28 2014 1:27PM

Jorge Gutierrez has found a home in Brooklyn. On Friday the Nets signed the former Canton Charge point guard to a multi-year contract, making him the 14th NBA D-League player to sign with an NBA team for the full 2013-14 season.

Gutierrez has stepped right into a backup guard role for Brooklyn, playing more than 15 minutes in three of the last four games. In 67 minutes, he's scored 17 points on 8/13 shooting and dished out 7 assists compared to just 1 turnover.

RELATED: Call-Up Breakdown | Call-Up Video | Gutierrez Gets the Message

The Armor big man has reached his long-awaited goal after a dominant stretch in which he posted 14 double-doubles in 15 games.
Kings #CallWillieUp: Willie Reed Signs with Sacramento
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Mar 28 2014 1:17PM

The #CallWillieUp Twitter movement that rose out of the NBA D-League last season has once again been going strong in 2013-14, but it took Willie Reed some time to realize that he didn't have to do anything special to make it back to the NBA.

"Early in the season, he thought he needed the ball more," explained Springfield Armor coach and NBA vet Doug Overton. "When he saw Dewayne Dedmon and Jarvis Varnado get called up [in January and February], he realized that they just played basketball -- run the floor, rebound and finish."

No, there was no social media campaign that could attract more attention than finished lobs and strong box outs. And Reed has done a lot of both during his month-long stretch of absolute domination, which culminated in Friday's contract with the Sacramento Kings that runs through the rest of the season.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL CALL-UP BREAKDOWN recently spent the day with Canton Charge wingman Gilbert Brown.
Mar 27 2014 2:23PM

The Iowa Energy vet sank six threes to bring his career total to 510, surpassing Blake Ahearn's mark of 508.
Mar 27 2014 10:05AM

Moses Ehambe has been one of the NBA D-League's sharpshooters for years, so it's only fitting that he now stands alone in the league record book. With six three-pointers against the RGV Vipers last night, the Iowa Energy vet surpassed Blake Ahearn as the NBA D-League's all-time career three-pointers made leader with 510.

He's never been better than this season, in which he's drained a career-high 142 treys and averaged a career-high 14.4 points. Making the feat even more impressive, Ehambe is a career 43% shooter from beyond the arc.

The promising 19-year-old showed out during five games with the Bakersfield Jam during his first NBA season.
Mar 26 2014 3:36PM

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