Replacements Announced For 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game Presented by Kumho Tire
NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 13, 2014 – Five top prospects were today announced as replacements in the 2014 NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire, which will air live on NBA TV at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Sprint Arena inside NBA All-Star Jam Session at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
On the Futures team, Mo Charlo (Reno) will replace Malcolm Thomas (Los Angeles) and Arinze Onuaku (Canton) will replace Dewane Dedmon (Santa Cruz). On the Prospects roster, Dee Bost (Idaho) will replace Jarvis Varnado (Iowa), Cameron Jones (Santa Cruz) will replace Isaiah Canaan (Rio Grande Valley) and James Nunnally (Bakersfield) will replace Chris Johnson (Rio Grande Valley).
Canaan, Johnson and Thomas are ineligible to play in the game by way of their being on the Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz rosters, respectively. Johnson and Thomas both earned GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA, while Canaan was playing in Rio Grande Valley on assignment from the Rockets. Dedmon and Varnado will sit the game out for rest.
Onuaku returns to the NBA D-League All-Star ranks following a selection to the game in 2013 in Houston, while Bost, Charlo, Jones and Nunnally will make their first NBA D-League All-Star appearances.
The original 20 NBA D-League All-Stars were selected by a vote of the League’s 17 head coaches while the replacements represent the players with the next-highest scores among the coaches’ original vote.
The eighth annual NBA D-League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire will be preceded by the Boost Mobile NBA D-League Three Point Contest, and will host the Boost Mobile NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest during halftime of the game.
The complete 2014 NBA D-League All-Star teams are listed below (replacements in bold).
F Mo Charlo (Reno)
G Seth Curry (Santa Cruz)
G Manny Harris (Los Angeles)
F Justin Hamilton (Sioux Falls)
G Pierre Jackson (Idaho)
F Kevin Jones (Canton)
G DeAndre Liggins (Sioux Falls)
C Arinze Onuaku (Canton)
F Chris Wright (Maine)
Head Coach: Steve Hetzel (Canton)
Assistant Coaches: Jordi Fernandez (Canton), James Posey (Canton), Nate Reinking (Canton)
Athletic Trainer: Mike Gittinger (Canton)
F Robert Covington (Rio Grande Valley)*
G Troy Daniels (Rio Grande Valley)
F Ike Diogu (Bakersfield)
F Devin Ebanks (Texas)
F Melvin Ely (Texas)
G Ron Howard (Fort Wayne)
F Othyus Jeffers (Iowa)
G Cameron Jones (Santa Cruz)
G James Nunnally (Bakersfield)
Head Coach: Nevada Smith (Rio Grande Valley)
Assistant Coaches: Paul Mokeski (Rio Grande Valley), Jason Young (Rio Grande Valley)
Athletic Trainer: Long Lam (Rio Grande Valley)
* - Indicates a player currently in the NBA