NBA Development League Names 2011-12 All-NBA D-League Selections

17 GATORADE Call-Ups, Five Players on NBA Rosters Highlight All-NBA D-League Selections

NEW YORK, May 2, 2012 – Justin Dentmon, the 2012 NBA Development League Most Valuable Player, and member of the 2012 NBA D-League Champion Austin Toros, is joined by Reno Bighorns guard Blake Ahearn, now a member of the Utah Jazz, Dakota Wizards’ forward Edwin Ubiles, Los Angeles D-Fenders forward Malcolm Thomas and Rio Grande Valley Vipers center Greg Smith on the 2012 All-NBA D-League First Team, as voted on the NBA D-League’s 16 head coaches. All five members of the First Team earned GATORADE Call-Ups during the 2011-12 season.

Named to the Second Team were 2012 NBA D-League Impact Player of the year and 2012 Champion Eric Dawson of the Austin Toros, Springfield Armor center Jeff Foote, Los Angeles D-Fenders guard Courtney Fortson, who finished the NBA season with the Houston Rockets, Tulsa 66ers forward Marcus Lewis and Los Angeles D-Fenders guard Elijah Millsap. Of the five members of the Second Team, three spent time in the NBA during the 2011-12 season.

The Third Team consists of Maine Red Claws guard Morris Almond, who finished the NBA season with the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles D-Fenders forward Brandon Costner, forward Dennis Horner and guard Jerry Smith, both of the Springfield Armor, and Texas Legends center Sean Williams, who is currently with the Boston Celtics. Four of the five members of the Third Team earned GATORADE Call-Ups during the 2011-12 season.

In total, 12 of the 15 players selected to this year’s All-NBA D-league First, Second, and Third Teams earned GATORADE Call-Ups during the season and three finished the NBA regular season on NBA rosters. An additional three players earning Honorable Mention accolades earned GATORADE Call-Ups this season.

An additional 10 players earned All-NBA D-League Honorable Mentions, including Los Angeles’ Zach Andrews, Springfield’s JamesOn Curry, Dakota’s Marcus Dove, Mike Efevberha of the Iowa Energy, Reno’s Andre Emmett, Dakota’s Stefhon Hannah, the Erie BayHawks' D.J. Kennedy, who finished the season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Renaldo Major of the Bakersfield Jam, Mikki Moore of the Idaho Stampede, who finished the season with the Golden State Warriors, and Tulsa’s Ryan Reid.

Ten first-year professionals were selected to the 2012 NBA D-League All-Rookie First and Second teams. The First Team is made up of 2012 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year Ubiles along with Tulsa’s Dwight Buycks, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants’ Cameron Jones, Rio Grande Valley’s Smith and Los Angeles’ Thomas. The Second Team is comprised of Bakerfield’s Mustapha Farrakhan, Kyle Gibson of the Canton Charge, Erie’s Kennedy and Mychel Thompson, and Bakersfield’s Jamie Vanderbeken.

The 2012 NBA D-League All-Defensive First team is made up of the 2012 NBA D-League Defensive Player of the year, Dakota’s Hannah, along with his Wizards teammate Dove, Springfield’s Smith, Los Angeles’ Thomas and Texas’ Williams. The Second Team includes Tulsa’s Jerome Dyson, who finished the season with the New Orleans Hornets, and his 66ers teammates Lewis and Larry Owens, along with Los Angeles’ Fortson and Idaho’s Moore.

Two players who earned GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA during the 2011-12 season earned All-Rookie or All-Defensive team honors.

The All-NBA Development League, All-Rookie and All-Defensive Team results are below.

2012 ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM
PositionPlayer Team
GuardBlake Ahearn*Reno Bighorns
GuardJustin DentmonAustin Toros
ForwardMalcolm ThomasLos Angeles D-Fenders
ForwardEdwin UbilesDakota Wizards
CenterGreg SmithRio Grande Valley Vipers
SECOND TEAM
PositionPlayer Team
GuardCourtney FortsonLos Angeles D-Fenders
GuardElijah MillsapLos Angeles D-Fenders
ForwardEric DawsonAustin Toros
ForwardMarcus LewisTulsa 66ers
CenterJeff FooteSpringfield Armor
THIRD TEAM
PositionPlayer Team
GuardMorris Almond*Maine Red Claws
GuardJerry SmithSpringfield Armor
ForwardBrandon CostnerLos Angeles D-Fenders
ForwardDennis HornerSpringfield Armor
CenterSean Williams*Texas Legends
HONORABLE MENTION
PositionPlayer Team
Guard JamesOn Curry Springfield Armor
Guard Andre Emmett Reno Bighorns
Guard Mike Efevberha Iowa Energy
Guard Stefhon HannahDakota Wizards
Forward Zach AndrewsLos Angeles D-Fenders
Forward Marcus DoveDakota Wizards
Forward D.J. Kennedy*Erie BayHawks
Forward Renaldo MajorBakersfield Jam
Forward Ryan Reid Tulsa 66ers
Center Mikki Moore*Idaho Stampede

2012 ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE ALL-ROOKIE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM
PositionPlayer Team
GuardDwight BuycksTulsa 66ers
GuardCameron JonesFort Wayne Mad Ants
ForwardEdwin UbilesDakota Wizards
ForwardMalcolm ThomasLos Angeles D-Fenders
CenterGreg SmithRio Grande Valley Vipers
SECOND TEAM
PositionPlayer Team
GuardMustapha Farrakhan Bakersfield Jam
GuardKyle GibsonCanton Charge
ForwardD.J. Kennedy*Erie BayHawks
ForwardMychel Thompson Erie BayHawks
CenterJamie Vanderbeken Bakersfield Jam

2012 ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM
PositionPlayer Team
GuardStefhon HannahDakota Wizards
GuardJerry SmithSpringfield Armor
ForwardMarcus DoveDakota Wizards
ForwardMalcolm ThomasLos Angeles D-Fenders
CenterSean Williams*Texas Legends
SECOND TEAM
PositionPlayer Team
GuardJerome Dyson*Tulsa 66ers
GuardCourtney Fortson* Los Angeles D-Fenders
ForwardMarcus LewisTulsa 66ers
ForwardLarry OwensTulsa 66ers
CenterMikki Moore*Idaho Stampede

* - Finished the 2011-12 season on an NBA roster