Opening Night NBA Rosters Features 87 Players with NBA Development League Experience

Of 87 players, 19 are in action when 2012-13 NBA Regular Season tips on Tuesday night

NEW YORK, October 30, 2012 – Eighty-seven players with NBA Development League experience highlight 2012-13 NBA opening-day rosters. In just six seasons, the number of players boasting NBA D-League experience on NBA opening day has skyrocketed from 35 to start the 2006-07 season to the 87 this year. In two years, that number’s grown by 24 players, after 63 alums started the season in the NBA during the 2010-11 campaign.

Twenty-nine of 30 NBA teams feature at least one player with NBA D-League experience, while the Charlotte Bobcats, Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves each have five former NBA D-Leaguers on their respective rosters.

Of the 87 former NBA D-League players in the NBA, 19 are members of teams in action tonight, including three members of the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat: Joel Anthony, Terrel Harris and Dexter Pittman.

Following is the list of players with NBA D-League experience on opening day rosters.

PLAYERNBA TEAMPLAYERNBA TEAMPLAYERNBA TEAM
Cole AldrichHoustonHamed HaddadiMemphisByron MullensCharlotte
Lou AmundsonMinnesotaJordan HamiltonDenver Gary NealSan Antonio
Alan AndersonTorontoLuke HarangodyCleveland Steve NovakNew York
Joel AnthonyMiamiTerrel HarrisMiami Lamar OdomL.A. Clippers
Luke BabbittPortlandChuck HayesSacramento Patrick PattersonHouston
Jose BareaMinnesotaXavier HenryNew Orleans Dexter PittmanMiami
Matt BarnesL.A. ClippersCory HigginsCharlotte Samardo SamuelsCleveland
Earl BarronWashingtonRyan HollinsL.A. Clippers Larry SandersMilwaukee
Brandon BassBostonTyler HoneycuttSacramento Josh SelbyMemphis
Rodrigue BeauboisDallasErsan IlyasovaMilwaukee Ramon SessionsCharlotte
Andray BlatcheBrooklynReggie JacksonOklahoma City Donald SloanCleveland
Eric BledsoeL.A. ClippersAmir JohnsonToronto Greg SmithHouston
Avery BradleyBostonIvan JohnsonAtlanta Ish SmithOrlando
Aaron BrooksSacramentoJames JohnsonSacramento Jason SmithNew Orleans
Shannon BrownPhoenixDahntay JonesDallas Greg StiemsmaMinnesota
Will BynumDetroitDominique JonesDallas Julyan StoneDenver
DeMarre CarrollUtahCory JosephSan Antonio Hasheem ThabeetOklahoma City
Matt CarrollCharlotteKosta KoufosDenver Lance ThomasNew Orleans
Earl ClarkL.A. LakersMalcolm LeeMinnesota Jamaal TinsleyUtah
Will ConroyMinnesotaTravis LeslieL.A. Clippers Anthony TolliverAtlanta
Daequan CookHoustonJeremy LinHouston PJ TuckerPhoenix
Chris CopelandNew YorkJohn LucasToronto Jeremy TylerGolden State
Ed DavisTorontoIan MahinmiIndiana C.J. WatsonBrooklyn
Devin EbanksL.A. LakersCartier MartinWashington Martell WebsterWashington
Jeremy EvansUtahJosh McRobertsOrlando James WhiteNew York
Alonzo GeeClevelandCJ MilesCleveland Lou WilliamsAtlanta
Marcin GortatPhoenixPatty MillsSan Antonio Reggie WilliamsCharlotte
Danny GreenSan AntonioDarius MorrisL.A. Lakers Dorell WrightPhiladelphia
Gerald GreenIndianaMarcus MorrisHoustonLuke ZellerPhoenix