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 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. 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 "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

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'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.

Sep 30 2014 2:45PM

Happy 26th Birthday to Maine Red Claws alum Chris Wright. Here's to hoping you reach new heights this year with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Sep 26 2014 4:15PM

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.


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.


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.


Aug 29 2014 12:27AM

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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'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 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.

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

Jeremy Lin is the newest Laker, but just three years ago, he was a virtually anonymous NBA D-League prospect.
Jul 31 2014 2:20PM

The wiry, 6-6 wing -- an Idaho Stampede alum -- turned heads in Las Vegas with two huge games for the Golden State Warriors.
Summer Spotlight: Justin Holiday, Natural Born Role Player
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Jul 29 2014 4:53PM

In Tuesday's Summer Spotlight, we look at how one of the Summer League's breakout prospects, Justin Holiday, is selling himself to teams as a consummate role player.

“I know if I’m on an NBA team, I’m not going to be the guy going one-on-one," Jrue's older brother said in Las Vegas.

"So I try to pick my spots so I can knock down jump shots, come off screens -- things that can realistically happen to me at the NBA level. I may only get two or three shots per game, so I’ve got to knock them down.”

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'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.

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