D-FENDERS TO PICK FIRST IN 2011 NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE DRAFT

EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles D-Fenders won the NBA Development League’s 2011 Draft Lottery and will have the first overall selection in the 2011 NBA D-League Draft. The lottery took place last night in Denver at the league’s annual coaches meetings. The NBA D-League Draft will be held Thursday, November 3.

“We’re excited to have won the Draft Lottery and earned the first overall pick in the upcoming D-League Draft,” said D-Fenders General Manager Glenn Carraro. “With the first pick, you have an opportunity to get an NBA caliber player that provides a strong foundation for your team to build around. Our staff was already looking forward to the Draft, and given this new opportunity, we’re even more confident that we can build a competitive team here in Los Angeles.”

The D-Fenders Draft Lottery win marks the second consecutive year that Head Coach Eric Musselman, who last season as Head Coach of the D-League’s Reno Bighorns also won the Draft Lottery, has been at the helm of the team with the first overall selection.

The NBA D-League Draft utilizes a “serpentine” format, meaning the order will alternate in each of the eight rounds. For example, the team picking last in the first round will select first in the second round, giving them the 16th and 17th overall choices. In addition to the first overall pick, Los Angeles will select 32nd, 33rd, 64th, 65th, 96th, 97th and 128th overall.

The D-Fenders, the first franchise in D-League history to be owned by an NBA team (Los Angeles Lakers), begin the season November 25th with back-to-back road games at Dakota before opening their home schedule Monday, November 28 versus Reno. Returning for their fifth season of competition in 2011-12 after a one year hiatus, the D-Fenders will play all home games at Toyota Sports Center, the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo, CA.