NBA D-League Announces GATORADE All-League Selections
Erie's Erik Daniels was named First Team All-D-League.
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NEW YORK, April 6, 2009 – Five NBA Development League players with NBA experience make up the 2008-09 GATORADE All-NBA D-League First Team, including Iowa center Courtney Sims - the 2008 NBA Development League’s Most Valuable Player currently playing for the New York Knicks - Dakota guard Blake Ahearn, Albuquerque guard Will Conroy, Erie forward Erik Daniels and Austin center Marcus Williams.
Two members of the Bakersfield Jam, guard Trey Johnson and forward Derrick Byars, earned spots on the GATORADE All-NBA D-League Second Team. The duo from Bakersfield is joined by Colorado forward Josh Davis, Fort Wayne center Chris Hunter and Anaheim guard James White, who is playing for the NBA’s Houston Rockets.
The GATORADE All-NBA D-League Third Team is made up of Colorado guard Eddie Gill, Utah forward Ronald Dupree and Idaho center Lance Allred and a pair of Charlotte Bobcats, guard Dontell Jefferson who was called-up from Utah and forward Cartier Martin who was called-up from the Iowa Energy.
In all, 13 of the 15 players selected to this year’s First, Second, and Third All-NBA D-League teams by a vote of the League’s 16 head coaches have NBA experience, while seven earned GATORADE Call-Ups this season.
“With so many talented players in the League this year, it was a challenge for our coaches to select the All-League teams,” said Chris Alpert, vice president of basketball operations and player personnel for the NBA D-League. “The League congratulates the First, Second and Third team selections, as well as the honorable mentions, for their sensational seasons.” The All-NBA Development League team results:
* - player currently in NBA
# - player on assignment from the NBA
2008-09 ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE FIRST TEAM
|Guard||Blake Ahearn||Dakota Wizards|
|Guard||Will Conroy||Albuquerque Thunderbirds|
|Forward||Erik Daniels||Erie BayHawks|
|Forward||Marcus Williams||Austin Toros|
|Center||Courtney Sims*||Iowa Energy|
2008-09 ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE SECOND TEAM
|Guard||Trey Johnson||Bakersfield Jam|
|Guard||James White*||Anaheim Arsenal|
|Forward||Josh Davis||Colorado 14ers|
|Forward||Derrick Byars||Bakersfield Jam|
|Center||Chris Hunter||Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
2008-09 ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE THIRD TEAM
|Guard||Eddie Gill||Colorado 14ers|
|Guard||Dontell Jefferson*||Utah Flash|
|Forward||Ronald Dupree||Utah Flash|
|Forward||Cartier Martin*||Iowa Energy|
|Center||Lance Allred||Idaho Stampede|