FIVE RED CLAWS NAMED
NEW YORK – Forty seven players with NBA Development League experience highlight the rosters of the eight teams playing in the 2010 AirTran Airways Pro Summer League, tipping off in Orlando this afternoon. The event features 20 games played over five days at the RDV Sportsplex in Orlando.
The Utah Jazz’ summer league roster features 10 players with NBA D-League experience, the most of any NBA team playing in Orlando, while the Orlando Magic has eight former NBA D-Leaguers on their summer league squad. Each of the other five NBA teams playing in Orlando has at least one player with NBA D-League experience on their summer league team.
Bobcats guard Antonio Anderson, a 2010 NBA D-League champion with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, headlines the list of players with NBA D-League experience. Anderson, who earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the Oklahoma City Thunder during the season averaged 16.2 points, 6.1 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 40 games for the Vipers during the regular season and 17.9 points, 7.1 assists and 6.0 rebounds in the 2010 NBA D-League postseason.
Joining Anderson in Orlando are two other players who competed in the 2010 NBA D-League Finals: Oklahoma City forwards Latavious Williams, who became the second-ever NBA D-League player to be drafted when he was selected in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft, and his Tulsa 66ers teammate Marcus Lewis.
Of the 47 players with NBA D-League experience competing in Orlando, 10 earned GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA during their NBA D-League career, including Boston Celtics guard Oliver Lafayette, who was called-up from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and was a member of the Celtics squad competing in the 2010 NBA Finals. Of the Jazz’ 10 former NBA D-Leaguers on the team’s summer league roster, three players have earned GATORADE Call-Ups, including Sundiana Gaines and Othyus Jeffers, who were called-up by the Jazz during the 2009-10 season.
A number of coaches with NBA D-League experience will also be on the benches in Orlando including head coaches Austin Ainge (Maine Red Claws) and Nate Tibbetts (Tulsa 66ers) who will work with the Celtics and Thunder, respectively. Former Austin Toros head coach Quin Snyder will begin his tenure as a Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach in Orlando this week.
The following is a breakdown of players with NBA D-League experience on 2010 AirTran Airways Pro Summer League rosters.