ROSTER SET FOR NBA D-LEAGUE SELECT TEAM AT NBA SUMMER LEAGUE IN VEGAS
Red Claws’ Kenny Hayes Among 11 Top NBADL Named to Squad
NEW YORK – July 10, 2012 – The NBA Development League today announced the roster for the NBA D-League Select team, which will compete in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The team, comprised of 11 top NBA D-League prospects, will play a five-game schedule beginning on Sunday, July 15, at the COX Pavilion and Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada - Las Vegas.
“Coming off an NBA D-League season where an all-time high 40 top prospects earned GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA, we’re excited to bring another talented team of NBA D-League players to the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas,” said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel for the NBA D-League. “NBA Summer League is basketball’s biggest summer stage and represents another fantastic opportunity for our players to showcase their skills against the NBA’s best young talent.”
The 2012 Select team includes players from seven NBA D-League franchises and features four players with NBA experience, including Andre Emmett (Reno Bighorns). Emmett, who played in 35 regular season games, averaged 23.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 36.7 minutes while earning a GATORADE Call-Up to the New Jersey Nets. While with the Nets, Emmett, a 2004 NBA Draft selection, appeared in six games and scored 13 points over 44 minutes.
A 2006 NBA Draft selection, Mardy Collins (L.A. D-Fenders), joins the Select Team following a standout season in Los Angeles. During the season, Collins averaged 10.0 points, 4.9 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 28 games, helping to lead the D-Fenders to a 38-12 regular season record, the best in NBA D-League history. In the 2012 postseason, Collins averaged 17.4 points, 4.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds in seven contests, including three NBA D-League Finals games.
Renaldo Major, Juan Pattillo and Jeremy Wise, Bakersfield Jam teammates during the 2011-12 season, reunite on the Select Team having helped the Jam advance to the NBA D-League postseason in April. Major, a five-year NBA D-League veteran and former GATORADE Call-Up to the NBA, averaged 15.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 31.8 minutes in 46 games for the Jam last season. Pattillo averaged 14.5 points and 7.2 rebounds in 49 games, while Wise averaged 13.9 points and an NBA D-League high 6.3 assists in 41 games, 39 as a starter.
Kenny Hayes comes to the Select Team following his best year in the NBA D-League, when he averaged 17.1 points, 5.2 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 33.1 minutes for the Maine Red Claws. For his efforts last season, in which he scored 10 more points per game than he did during the 2010-11 season, Hayes was named 2012 NBA D-League Most Improved Player.
The remaining roster includes Marcus Cousin, who averaged 14.7 points and 8.6 rebounds in 38 games for the Austin Toros during the 2010-11 season; Chris Daniels, who averaged 16.2 points and 9.2 rebounds in 35 games for the Erie BayHawks; Marcus Dove, who averaged 14.2 points and 6.6 rebounds for the Dakota Wizards; Chris Johnson, who averaged 16.2 points and 9.2 rebounds for the Wizards during the 2010-11 campaign; and Leo Lyons, who averaged 13.9 points and 7.7 rebounds for the Toros and Wizards.
Eric Musselman, the 2012 NBA D-League Coach of the Year, who led his L.A. D-Fenders to the NBA D-League Finals during the 2011-12 season, his first with the team, was named head coach of the Select Team in June. Joining him on the bench in Las Vegas are his D-Fenders assistants, Connor Henry and Phil Hubbard. Michael Douglas of the Dakota Wizards will serve as the team’s athletic trainer.
NBA TV will offer live coverage of 56 NBA Summer League games and fans can watch the action from Las Vegas via NBA Summer League Broadband on NBA.com and NBA Mobile. NBA Summer League Broadband is a subscription service offering fans a full slate of live and archived Summer League games for $14.99 via NBA.com and iTunes. All of the NBA D-League Select team’s games will be shown live on NBA Summer League Broadband and on tape delay on NBA TV.
The 2012 NBA Summer League is comprised of an all-time high 23 NBA teams and the NBA D-League Select squad, and features rookies, second-year players and select free agents.