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Ryan Blake on the intriguing players to watch for in the Southwest and West divisions.
Nov 12 2014 7:24PM

Longtime NBA scout Ryan Blake offers his take on the NBA D-League Atlantic and Central divisions.
Nov 12 2014 9:50AM

Director of NBA Scouting Operations Ryan Blake has been involved in scouting prospects since he was 17 years old working alongside his late father Marty.

Now he has an additional role as NBADLeague.com's resident scout. Hear Blake's Take on the Top Prospects in each of the four divisions, beginning with the Atlantic and Central:



Clifford said his first-round pick from the Texas Legends has earned already earned a spot in Charlotte's rotation with his strong start.
Nov 10 2014 1:56PM



As PJ Hairston made his way through the NBA Draft circuit, he liked to say that he had a "three-month head start" on the field, given his experience playing for the NBA D-League's Texas Legends.

So far, analysis calling Hairston one of the most NBA-ready players in the Draft has come to fruition.

Though the sturdy, 6-6 wing has struggled to find his signature jump shot, he's looked like he belongs and has already carved his way into the Charlotte Hornets' rotation. Head coach Steve Clifford praised his first-round pick over the weekend (via Hornets.com):

“When you watch the film when he’s out there, everybody else has a lot more room. He creates space on the floor just by his mere presence.

"He’s impressed me with the way he’s worked, with the way he’s learned, his physicality, his competitiveness. I’m not comfortable not having him out there. He deserves to play.”

More than a decade after playing for Phil Jackson, Hodges will serve as an assistant for the Knicks' NBA D-League affiliate.
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Nov 10 2014 11:21AM



As a sharpshooting guard, Craig Hodges helped the Chicago Bulls win the first two titles of the Michael Jordan-Phil Jackson era (1991 and '92).

There are few people more well-versed in the ins and outs of the triangle offense, so it was only natural that Jackson bring Hodges on board after taking over the New York Knicks.

The Knicks are living by the triangle not just in New York but across the organization -- including in Westchester, where their new NBA D-League affiliate will play.

"[I hope to] to get them to see that it's not a robotic system that you're playing basketball in," Hodges told ESPN New York about teaching the triangle to the Westchester Knicks in his new role as assistant coach. "It's everything you ever learned in the game and you're just being put in a position to do the things that you do well."

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said selling a naming-rights deal for the league is one of the top items on new president Malcolm Turner's agenda.
 <em>USA Today:</em> NBA D-League looking for name sponsor
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Nov 6 2014 10:06AM

From USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt:

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has a list of priorities for new NBA Development League President Malcolm Turner.

At the top: finding a naming-rights deal for the NBA's 18-team-and-growing minor league.

Just like NASCAR's second-tier circuit, the Nationwide Series, has a title sponsor, or an international basketball league has a naming-rights deal, such as the Endesa ACB League in Spain, the NBA seeks more revenue sources.

"For the D-League to go to the next level, one of the top items on our agenda is potentially selling a naming-rights deal for the league," Silver told USA TODAY Sports. "There's a naming-rights opportunity for the league, and Malcolm has a great track record in sales."


Let the Green Machine show begin again... The Suns wing exploded for two dunks against the Lakers last night.
Nov 5 2014 1:19PM

Gerald Green was a highlight machine during his breakout last season. After a slow start to 2014-15, he welcomed in the new year with two more throwdowns on Tuesday night in LA:



For a reminder of what Green did in the NBA D-League (9 games on assignment from the Celtics in 2005-06; 22 games for the LA D-Fenders in 2011-12):

There were an all-time high 117 players with NBA D-League experience on NBA opening day rosters. Take a look at how that number has grown over time.
Nov 4 2014 2:12PM

A look at how historic NBA D-League draftee PJ Hairston and fellow rookie Noah Vonleh are fitting in with Charlotte.
Nov 4 2014 10:29AM

This year's crop of more than 40 prospects includes Khem Birch, Sim Bhullar, Keith Appling and Aaron Craft.
Nov 3 2014 5:04PM



From late September to late October, the NBA's 30 teams trim their rosters from as many as 20 players to 15 for the start of the regular season. The cuts come fast and furious, but being waived does not mark the end of the road for many players across the league.

In fact, the players cut during training camp are much more than a blip on the radar from the NBA D-League's perspective. NBA rules allow teams to designate up to four of those players as "affiliate players," meaning they are automatically allocated to the D-League affiliate of the NBA team that cut them (provided they choose to sign an NBA D-League contract).

It's a vote of confidence for a prospect -- an indication that an NBA team wants a longer and closer look.

Click here to read more about the affiliate player rule and see the full, team-by-team list of this year's crop.

Sorting through the crop of 122 players who were drafted by NBA D-League teams this year.
Nov 1 2014 9:22PM



A total of 122 players heard their names called during Saturday's NBA D-League Draft -- a pool that ranged from 34-year-old NBA vet Damian Wilkins to 20-year-old Ricardo Barbosa (nephew of Warriors guard Leandro).

To make sense of it all, here are the five themes that defined this year's Draft.

Nov 1 2014 2:20PM

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL DRAFT BOARD

ROUND 1
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Team
Player
College
1 Robert CovingtonTennessee State
2 Elliot WilliamsMemphis
3 Erik MurphyFlorida
4 Carrick FelixArizona State
5 Ben HansbroughNotre Dame
6 Milos MilisavljevicCountry: Serbia
7 Tre BusseyGeorgia Southern
8 Robert VadenUAB
9 Marquis TeagueKentucky
10 Joonas CavenCountry: Finland
11 Brady HeslipBaylor
12 Michael DuniganOregon
13 Melvin Johnson IIIArkansas State
14 Chane BehananLouisville
15 Fuquan EdwinSeton Hall
16 Damien WilkinsGeorgia
17 Eloy VargasKentucky
18 Justin JacksonCincinnati

The 5-foot-7, 143-pound guard from Japan was the No. 27 overall pick in Saturday's Draft.
Nov 1 2014 4:27PM



The Yuki Togashi Show is coming to the NBA D-League.

The 5-foot-7, 143-pound Japanese guard became an instant sensation at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas in July, winning over the crowd as a member of the Mavericks. Now he'll test himself in the pros after being selected by the Santa Cruz Warriors with the ninth pick in the second round (No. 27 overall) of today's Draft.

UPDATE: Togashi was traded to Texas as part of a five-team trade on Sunday.

Relive Toga's magical Summer League:

All three spent time in the NBA last season with the Rockets, Sixers and Bulls, respectively.
Nov 1 2014 3:36PM

A live Draft Show featuring longtime scout Ryan Blake highlights NBADLeague.com's coverage.
Oct 31 2014 5:33PM



The 2014 NBA Development League Draft Live via Cisco WebEx is fast approaching. Here's the rundown on this year's draft:

When: Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 beginning at 3:30 PM ET

Where: The NBA offices in New York City and all 18 NBA D-League cities via Cisco WebEx

How to Watch/Follow: Stay tuned to NBADLeague.com for a our first-ever live Draft Show featuring NBA D-League insider Pete Sousa and longtime scout Ryan Blake, follow along on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (@NBADLeague) and submit your own questions and comments using #DLeagueDraft.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PICKS, WATCH THE DRAFT SHOW AND JOIN THE #DLEAGUEDRAFT CONVERSATION

Carrick Felix, Marquis Teague and Robert Covington lead the pack of 11 eligible players with NBA experience.
See the Full List of Players Eligible for the 2014 NBA D-League Draft
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Oct 31 2014 5:25PM

Nearly 180 players are eligible to be selected in Saturday's NBA D-League Draft Live vs Cisco WebEx. Among them are:

- 11 players with NBA experience

- 8 players who are eligible for the 2015 NBA Draft

- An age range from 34-year-old NBA vet Damian Wilkins to 20-year-old Brazilian NBA Draft prospect Ricardo Barbosa (the nephew of Warriors guard Leandro Barbosa)

- Plenty of NBA bloodlines beyond Wilkins and Barbosa, including Darvin Ham (son of NBA vet/Hawks assistant), Ben Hansbrough (brother of Tyler), Todd Mayo (brother of OJ), Abraham Millsap (brother of Paul and former NBA D-Leaguers John and Elijah), David Stockton (son of John) and Marquis Teague (brother of Jeff).

Click here for the full list of names, heights, weights, schools/countries and birthdates,

To sort through the pool, here's NBADLeague.com's list of the 15 Most Intriguing Players:

Last year's Draft produced Call-Up James Johnson, leading scorer Pierre Jackson and Knicks second-rounder Thanasis Antetokounmpo in the first round alone.
Oct 29 2014 5:14PM



From Chuck Hayes to James Johnson, the NBA D-League Draft has been a source for NBA talent over the last decade. Take a look at which draft picks from the past have made the biggest impact both in the D-League and big league. Full Gallery

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.

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.

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.

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.

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