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NBA D-Leaguers On NBA Opening Night Rosters

NEW YORK, October 26, 2010 Tying an all-time high, 63 players with NBA Development League experience highlight 2010-11 NBA opening day rosters. That number of former NBA D-Leaguers on NBA opening day rosters equaled the previous high of 63 featured on 2009-10 NBA start-of-season rosters, and surpassed the 60 former NBA D-Leaguers on 2008-09 opening day rosters. In just four years, the number of former NBA D-League players on NBA start-of-season rosters has nearly doubled, going from 35 on opening day in 2006-07 to 63 today.

Twenty-nine of 30 NBA teams feature at least one player with NBA D-League experience, while the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves each have four former NBA D-Leaguers on their respective rosters.

Of the 63 former NBA D-League players in the NBA, nine are members of teams in action tonight, including Von Wafer (Boston Celtics); Aaron Brooks and Chuck Hayes (Houston Rockets); Matt Barnes and Shannon Brown (Los Angeles Lakers); Joel Anthony (Miami Heat); Earl Clark and Garret Siler (Phoenix Suns); and Patrick Mills (Portland Trail Blazers).

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

# - has been assigned to the NBA D-League during career
* - has received a GATORADE Call-Up during career

Player
NBA Team
Last D-League Team (season)
Pos.
Ht.
Wt.
College
Atlanta Hawks
Fort Worth (assigned 2005-06)
F
6-9
240
N.C. State

Boston Celtics
Colorado (2006-07)
G
6-5
209
Florida State

Matt Carroll*
Charlotte Bobcats
Roanoke (2004-05)
G
6-6
212
Notre Dame
Charlotte Bobcats
Tulsa (2008-09)
G
6-7
190
Peoria Central HS

Chicago Bulls
Rio Grande Valley (2007-08)
G
6-2
175
Tennessee

Cleveland Cavaliers
Fort Worth (assigned 2006-07)
C
7-0
240
UCLA
Cleveland Cavaliers
Fort Worth (2005-06)
F
6-8
205
Meridian CC
Cleveland Cavaliers
Tulsa (assigned 2007-08)
G
6-3
190
Nevada
Cleveland Cavaliers
Rio Grande Valley (2007-08)
F
6-9
220
North Carolina

Dallas Mavericks
Maine (assigned 2009-10)
C
7-0
220
France
Dallas Mavericks
Fort Worth (assigned 2006-07)
G
6-0
175
Puerto Rico
Dallas Mavericks
Austin (assigned 2007-08)
C
6-11
230
France
Dallas Mavericks
Rio Grande Valley (assigned 2007-08)
F
6-10
240
Marquette

Chris Andersen*
Denver Nuggets
Fayetteville (2001-02)
F
6-10
228
Blinn CC
Denver Nuggets
Tulsa (2008-09)
F
6-7
220
UMass

Detroit Pistons
Roanoke (2005-06)
G
6-0
185
Georgia Tech

Golden State Warriors
Colorado (2006-07)
F
6-9
225
UNLV
Golden State Warriors
Sioux Falls (2009-10)
F
6-6
210
VMI
Golden State Warriors
Florida (assigned 2005-06)
F
6-9
210
South Kent Prep (HS)

Houston Rockets
Rio Grande Valley (2007-08)
G
6-0
161
Oregon
Houston Rockets
Albuquerque (2005-06)
F
6-6
238
Kentucky
Houston Rockets
Rio Grande Valley (2009-10)
G
6-4
210
Central Florida

Indiana Pacers
Fort Wayne (2007-08)
G/F
6-6
235
Duke
Indiana Pacers
Idaho (2007-08)
F
6-10
240
Duke

Matt Barnes
Los Angeles Lakers
Fayetteville (2002-03)
F
6-7
235
UCLA
Los Angeles Lakers
Rio Grande Valley (2007-08)
G
6-4
210
Michigan State

Memphis Grizzlies
Dakota (2008-09)
C
7-2
265
Iran
Memphis Grizzlies
Dakota (2009-10)
C
7-3
267
UConn

Miami Heat
Iowa (2007-08)
C
6-9
245
UNLV

Milwaukee Bucks
Tulsa (2006-07)
F
6-10
235
Turkey

Minnesota Timberwolves
Maine (2009-10)
G
6-5
202
Michigan State
Minnesota Timberwolves
Utah (2009-10)
C
7-0
265
Ohio State
Minnesota Timberwolves
Idaho (2009-10)
F
6-9
243
Creighton
Minnesota Timberwolves
Fort Worth (assigned 2005-06)
G-F
6-7
235
Seattle Prep HS

New Jersey Nets
Los Angeles (2006-07)
G
6-2
180
UCLA
New Jersey Nets
Sioux Falls (2006-07)
F
6-6
215
Oklahoma State

New Orleans Hornets
Fort Wayne (assigned 2009-10)
F
6-8
230
West Virginia
New Orleans Hornets
Austin (2008-09)
F
6-9
235
George Washington

New York Knicks
Fort Worth (2006-07)
G/F
6-5
215
Kentucky
New York Knicks
Maine (assigned 2009-10)
G/F
6-6
220
Kansas State

Oklahoma City Thunder
Iowa (assigned 2007-08)
G
6-5
205
Ohio State
Oklahoma City Thunder
Tulsa (assigned 2009-10)
C
7-1
258
Ohio State
Oklahoma City Thunder
Tulsa (assigned 2009-10)
F
6-9
250
Indiana

Orlando Magic
Tulsa (assigned 2005-06)
F
6-8
250
LSU
Orlando Magic
Anaheim (assigned 2007-08)
F-C
6-11
240
Poland

Philadelphia 76ers
Anaheim (assigned 2007-08)
G
6-1
175
South Gwinnet HS

Phoenix Suns
Iowa (assigned 2009-10)
F
6-10
225
Louisville
Phoenix Suns
Utah (2009-10)
C
6-11
305
Augusta State

Portland Trail Blazers
Idaho (assigned 2009-10)
G
6-0
175
St. Mary's (CA)

Sacramento Kings
Reno (assigned 2008-09)
F
6-11
226
Syracuse
Sacramento Kings
Erie (assigned 2009-10)
F
6-9
253
Kansas
Sacramento Kings
Colorado (2006-07)
G
5-11
175
Portland

San Antonio Spurs
Austin (assigned 2009-10)
G
6-6
220
Alabama
Bobby Simmons*
San Antonio Spurs
Mobile (2002-03)
F
6-6
230
DePaul
San Antonio Spurs
Rio Grande Valley (2009-10)
G
6-6
230
LSU

Toronto Raptors
Rio Grande Valley (assigned 2009-10)
F/C
6-8
268
Memphis
Toronto Raptors
Sioux Falls (assigned 2006-07)
F
6-9
210
Westchester HS
Toronto Raptors
Colorado (assigned 2008-09)
G/F
6-6
205
Arkansas

Utah Jazz
Utah (assigned 2008-09)
C
7-1
300
Ukraine
Utah Jazz
Idaho (assigned 2006-07)
G/F
6-6
227
Skyline HS

Washington Wizards
Roanoke (assigned 2005-06)
F/C
6-11
260
South Kent Prep HS
Washington Wizards
Dakota (assigned 2009-10)
G
6-3
190
Tennessee-Martin
Washington Wizards
Iowa (2009-10)
G/F
6-7
220
Kansas State