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2010 NBA D-League Returning, Affiliate, and Open Tryout Players

Austin Toros

The Toros and new head coach Brad Jones bring back a few veterans of the NBA D-League as well as two training camp cuts from the Spurs. Lewis Clinch was a solid shooter off the bench for the Toros last season, while heady point guard Squeaky Johnson returns for his fourth season in Austin. Johnson is one of the NBA D-League's iron men, appearing in 145 of a possible 150 regular season games during his Toros career. Veterans Michael Joiner and Cory Underwood return to give Austin one of the league's most experienced teams. Former Atlanta Hawk shooting guard Thomas Gardner and rookie big man Marcus Cousin are the former Spurs who will be headed to Austin for the new season.

Name
Position
Height
Weight
College
Casaan Breeden (Tryout)F6-8202Charleston
Lewis Clinch (Returning)G6-3195Georgia Tech
Marcus Cousin (Affiliate - Spurs)F6-11245Houston
Thomas Gardner (Affiliate - Spurs)G6-5213Missouri
Carldell Johnson (Returning)G5-10195UAB
Michael Joiner (Returning)F6-7230Florida State
Kevin Palmer (Affiliate - Spurs)G6-6205Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
Andres Sandoval (Tryout)G6-4198Dayton
Cory Underwood (Returning)F6-10235Southern

Bakersfield Jam

The Jam return the backcourt from last season, with All-Star and former GATORADE call-up Trey Johnson leading the way. He will be joined by Jeremy Wise, who turned in a solid rookie season for Bakersfield. Former NBA player Reece Gaines is also back after averaging 14.3 points in his first year with the Jam. Rookie guard Stephen Dennis was in training camp with the Clippers and was the D-2 National Player of the Year at Kutztown last season, while former Michigan State big man Drew Naymick heads to Bakersfield after a preseason with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Name
Position
Height
Weight
College
Casaan Breeden (Tryout)F6-8202Charleston
Stephen Dennis (Affiliate - Clippers)G6-6180Kutztown
Reece Gaines (Returning)F6-6210Louisville
Trey Johnson (Returning)G6-6216Jackson State
Longar Longar (Returning)F6-11230Oklahoma
Patrick Mutumbo (Returning)F6-6210Metro State
Drew Naymick (Affiliate - Lakers)C6-10250Michigan State
Tyler Newton (Tryout)F/C6-10230Pacific
Isaac Wells (Tryout)F6-8225Arkansas State
Jeremy Wise (Returning)G6-1165Southern Miss

Dakota Wizards

The Wizards bring back team legend Renaldo Major, the 2006-07 NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-7 Major has helped the Wizards reach the playoffs in all three of his NBA D-League seasons. He is joined by experienced reserve Darren Cooper, who has over 100 NBA D-League games under his belt. 6-9 forward James Jackson also returns after splitting 2009-10 between three teams. Former Memphis guard Willie Kemp leads a group of open tryout players.

Name
Position
Height
Weight
College
Mike Anderson (Tryout)
Cameron Benison (Tryout)F6-7235Ventura CC
Darren Cooper (Returning)G6-3195Portland
Steffon Farley (Tryout)C6-8Adelphi
James Jackson (Returning)F6-9225Eastern Michigan
Willie Kemp (Tryout)G6-2184Memphis
Renaldo Major (Returning)F6-7190Fresno State

Erie BayHawks

The BayHawks should have one of the most talented backcourts in the league with Jackson and Rice returning to Erie. Jackson was one of the league's top point guards last season while earning GATORADE Call-Ups to the Cavaliers, Wizards, and Spurs. Rice put up over 18.0 points as a rookie in 2007-08 before spending last year overseas. The team also returns a host of reserve players from last season's team and will also have rookie forward Tasmin Mitchell in camp. Allocated toErie after being waived by the Cavaliers, the 6-7 Mitchell finished his college career as LSU's third all-time leading scorer. He averaged 16.8 points and 9.4 rebounds as a senior.

Name
Position
Height
Weight
College
Kyle Goldcamp (Returning) G6-10230Gannon
Jarvis Gunter (Returning)F6-10220Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Cedric Jackson (Returning) G6-3191Cleveland State
Nate Linhart (Tryout)F6-8205Akron
Tasmin Mitchell (Affiliate - Cavaliers)F6-7235LSU
Charlie Parker (Tryout)G6-4195Millersville
Maureece Rice (Returning)G6-1220George Washington
Frank Tolbert (Returning)G6-0221Auburn

Fort Wayne Mad Ants

The Mad Ants look like one of the stronger teams with proven veterans and NBA training camp rookies joining the team. Center Chris Hunter was a GATORADE Call-Up and spent all of last season with the Golden State Warriors, while Walker Russell returns from overseas after setting the NBA D-League single-season record for assists in 2008-09. The Mad Ants also bring in three training camp cuts from the Milwaukee Bucks in Tory Jackson, Chris Kramer, and Billy Rush. Jackson led the BIG EAST in assists twice while at Notre Dame, while Kramer was a two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year at Purdue. Rush hails from the same college program as Iowa star Othyus Jeffers.

Name
Position
Height
Weight
College
Nick Boyd (Tryout)
Carlos English (Returning)G5-9170Cleveland State
Chris Hunter (Returning)F/C6-11240Michigan
Tory Jackson (Affiliate - Bucks)G5-11180Notre Dame
Anthony Kent (Returning)F6-11225Ball State
Chris Kramer (Affiliate - Bucks)G6-3207Purdue
Billy Rush (Affiliate - Bucks)G/F6-6200Robert Morris (Ill.)
Walker Russell (Returning)G6-0170Jacksonville State
Rod Wilmont (Returning)G6-4215Millersville

Idaho Stampede

The Stampede sent two players to the NBA last season but are looking to rebuild under new head coach Randy Livingston after missing the playoffs. They will bring in two training camp cuts in former Arizona State/Duke big man Eric Boateng (Nuggets) and former Oregon State guard Seth Traver (Trail Blazer). Reserve guard Lance Hurdle is the only returning player.

Name
Position
Height
Weight
College
Lance Hurdle (Returning)G6-1185Miami
Eric Boateng (Afffiliate - Nuggets)C6-11255Arizona State
DeSean Hadley (Tryout)G6-3190Eastern Michigan
Tony Roberts (Tryout)
Ryan Schmidt (Tryout)
Seth Tarver (Affiliate - Trail Blazers)G6-5210Oregon State
Ben Voogd (Tryout)G6-2175Northwest Christian

Iowa Energy

The Energy looked to be well-stocked heading into 2009-10 after coming one game short of a trip to the Finals in 2009-10. Coach Nick Nurse has no shortage of weapons with 2008-09 MVP Courtney Sims and 2008-09 Rookie of the Year Othyus Jeffers returning. Both players were on NBA rosters in the preseason. The Energy also bring back one of the league's top point guards in Curtis Stinson, another NBA training camp player in Connor Atchley, and reserves Marvin Phillips and Shy Ely. If that's not enough, also heading to Des Moines are a two-year NBA veteran in guard Kyle Weaver and a former Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year in Iowa native Jason Bohannan. Weaver is an affiliate player after getting waived by the Bulls in training camp while Bohannan joins the team after attending an open tryout.

Name
Position
Height
Weight
College
Connor Atchley (Returning)F6-10225Texas
Jason Bohannan (Tryout)G6-2195Wisconsin
Shy Ely (Returning)G6-5205Evansville
Stefhon Hannah (Tryout)G6-1183Missouri
Othyus Jeffers (Returning)G/F6-5200Robert Morris (Ill.)
Marvin Phillips (Returning)F6-7230Robert Morris (Ill.)
Courtney Sims (Returning)C6-11230Michigan
Curtis Stinson (Returning)G/F6-3215Iowa State
Kyle Weaver (Affiliate - Bulls)G6-6201Washington State

Maine Red Claws

The Red Claws should have a strong team in 2010-11 after just missing out on the playoffs in their first NBA D-League season. 2007-08 NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year Stephane Lasme joins the team after playing for the Celtics in preseason, while NBA veteran guard Mario West is also back after earning a GATORADE Call-Up from Maine last season. The team also returns forward Darnell Lazare and Paul Harris, the former Syracuse star who missed all of last season with an injury after getting drafted in the first round by Maine. Two preseason rookie Celtics also join the team in the form of guard Jamar Smith and intriguing big man prospect Tiny Gallon.

Name
Position
Height
Weight
College
Tiny Gallon (Affiliate - Celtics)F6-9290Oklahoma
Paul Harris (Returning)G/F6-4220Syracuse
Stephane Lasme (Returning)F6-6213Massachusetts
Darnell Lazare (Returning)F6-8240LSU
Jamar Smith (Affiliate - Celtics)G6-3185S. Indiana
Lamonte Ulmer (Tryout)F6-6215Rhode Island
Mario West (Returning)G6-5210Georgia Tech

New Mexico Thunderbirds

The Thunderbirds have a new coach in Darvin Ham and a new arena, but there are some familiar faces back for the team's sixth season. Forward Shane Edwards came in last year as an open tryout player, but returns with some NBA experience after playing for the Nuggets in Summer League and the preseason. Reserve guards Jason Horton and Tony Danridge are also back, while open tryout players Ramon Dyer and Stephen McDowell both have NBA D-League experience.

Name
Position
Height
Weight
College
Anthony Danridge (Returning)G6-2225New Mexico
Ramon Dyer (Tryout)F6-7225Houston
Shane Edwards (Returning)F6-7220Arkansas-Little Rock
Jason Horton (Returning)G6-2190Missouri
Stephen McDowell (Tryout)G6-0180Tennessee - Chattanooga
Jason Miller (Tryout)
Jamaal Smith(Tryout)

Reno Bighorns

The Bighorns lost their top scorer (Desmon Farmer) and rebounder (Rod Benson) from last season, but they bring a load of talent into camp including two players that were in training camp with their NBA affiliates in Sacramento and one from Golden State. Patrick Ewing Jr. was on his way to a stellar season with Reno in 2007-08 before an injury, and he should be a go-to player for coach Eric Musselman after playing in training camp for the Knicks. Second-year forward Marcus Landry played on assignment from Boston in the NBA D-League last season with Maine, while Donald Sloan is a rookie guard who starred at Texas A&M. Veteran Aaron Miles was a solid point guard in his first NBA D-League stint back in the 2005-06 season, while Bighorns reserves Mo Charlo and Chris Davis are back for another season.

Name
Position
Height
Weight
College
Chris Davis (Returning)G6-3190Southern
Mo Charlo (Returning)F6-7210Nevada
Darren Govins (Tryout)St. Joseph's
Patrick Ewing Jr. (Returning)G6-8240Georgetown
Marcus Landry (Affiliate - Kings)F6-7230Wisconsin
Aaron Miles (Affiliate - Warriors)G6-1190Kansas
Robert Sallie (Tryout)Memphis
Donald Sloan (Affiliate - Kings)F6-3205Texas A&M

Rio Grande Valley Vipers

The Vipers will be starting over as only reserve center Mickell Gladness, reserve guard Terrel Harris, and Rio Grande Valley mainstay Stanley "The Animal" Asumnu return from last year's championship squad. The team does bring in some promising young players from Rockets training camp, including massive center Jordan Egleseder and guard Jerel McNeal. Egleseder played a big role in Northern Iowa's NCAA tournament run in March, while McNeal was a second-team All-American at Marquette. 6-9 Patrick Sullivan was also in training camp with Houston after finishing his college career as Southeastern Lousiana's all-time leader in blocked shots.

Name
Position
Height
Weight
College
Stanley AsumnuG6-5220Tennessee
James CripeC6-11255Dayton
Jordan Egleseder (Affiliate - Rockets)C7-0280Northern Iowa
Mickell GladnessG6-11230Alabama A&M
Ramon HarrisG/F6-7218Kentucky
Terrell HarrisG6-5190Oklahoma State
Jerel McNeal (Affiliate - Rockets)G6-3200Marquette
Derrick RolandG6-4190Texas A&M
Patrick Sullivan (Affiliate - Rockets)F6-9215SE Lousiana

Sioux Falls Skyforce

The Skyforce return only two players from last year's playoff team in super-sub Leemire Goldwire and former NBA swingman Chris McCray. McCray is a veteran who played for the Grizzlies in the Las Vegas Summer League after averaging 8.5 points in Sioux Falls last season. Sioux Falls brings in a crowd of open tryout players as well as Miami Heat training camp cut Anthony Mason Jr. A rookie from St. John's, Mason is an athletic wing who was a prolific three-point shooter in his college career.

Name
Position
Height
Weight
College
Jama Abu-Shamala (Tryout)F6-7210Minnesota
Leemire Goldwire (Returning)G5-11180Charlotte
Anthony Harris (Tryout)G6-2187Miami
Ralph Holmes (Tryout)G6-4190Cal State-Fullterton
Anthony Mason Jr. (Affiliate - Heat)F6-7215St. John's
Chris McCray(Returning)G6-5192Maryland
John Millsap (Tryout)G6-6225Texas State-San Antonio
Brandon Smith (Tryout)G6-6215Minnesota

Springfield Armor

JamesOn Curry returns to the Armor for a second season after earning a GATORADE Call-Up to the Clippers in 2009-10. Curry averaged 16.1 points before his season was cut short by injury. One of last year's expansion draft picks, center Jamar Brown heads to Springfield after playing in 46 games for Colorado in 2008-09. Tre Whitted also returns after starting 24 games last season and posting 8.9 points per game.

Name
Position
Height
Weight
College
Brent Benson (Tryout)G6-1170Texas State
Kyle Cuffe (Tryout)F6-9230St. John's
Jamar Brown (Returning)C6-9230CSU - Pueblo
JamesOn Curry (Returning)G6-4200Oklahoma State
Brian Leggett (Tryout)F6-8245Barton
Tre Whitted (Returning)G6-4205Marshall
Mike Williams (Tryout)C6-11245Bryant

Texas Legends

The Legends have some big names in the front office, and they're also bringing in some big names from Dallas Mavericks training camp for their first NBA D-League season. The team will suit up two former NBA first-round picks as Rashad McCants and Sean WIlliams will head to the NBA D-League as they seek a return to the NBA. McCants did not play in 2009-10 but enters the season with a scoring average of 10.0 points over four NBA seasons. Williams finished last season in China after he was released by the Nets. He should be one of the best rebounders and shot-blockers in the NBA D-League. The team also will have two superior athletes acquired in the Expansion Draft in the form of Keith Clark and Dar Tucker. Tucker is a high-scoring guard who won the NBA D-League Dunk Contest in February, while Clark is looking to bounce back after injuries derailed his 2009-10 season.

Name
Position
Height
Weight
College
Pierce Caldwell (Tryout)G6-3200Incarnate Word
Keith Clark (Returning)F6-8245Oklahoma
Andre Gatlin (Tryout)
Rashad McCants (Affiliate - North Carolina)G6-4215North Carolina
Dar Tucker (Returning)G6-4205DePaul
Sean Williams (Affiliate - Dallas)F/C6-10235Boston College

Tulsa 66ers

The 66ers are looking for more after a trip to the Finals in April, and they bring back most of their key perormers from last year's team. Mustafa Shakur, one of the league's top guards in 2009-10, is back after playing for the Hornets in the preseason. He could have some competition at guard in the form of Zabian Dowdell, who played well in Summer League and for the Suns in preseason after a brief cameo in Tulsa last year. Veteran forward Larry Owens, former NBA center Steven Hill, and reserve big man Marcus Lewis also return along with NBA second-round pick Latavious Williams. Three players from Thunder training camp also join a loaded squad in the form of guards Tweety Carter, Jerome Dyson, and Elijah Millsap. Carter led the Big 12 in assists last season at Baylor was a fourth-team All-American.

Name
Position
Height
Weight
College
Tweety Carter (Affiliate - Thunder)G5-11185Baylor
Zabian Dowdell (Returning)G6-3190Virginia Tech
Jerome Dyson (Affiliate - Thunder)G6-4190Connecticut
Steven Hill (Returning)C7-0245Arkansas
Marcus Lewis (Returning)F6-8245Oral Roberts
Elijah Millsap (Affiliate - Thunder)G6-6215UAB
Larry Owens (Returning)G6-7210Oral Roberts
Mustafa Shakur (Returning)G6-3190Arizona
Latavious Williams (Returning)G6-8195American Christian HS

Utah Flash

The Flash have a new coach in former assistant Kevin Young, but the roster will have a very familiar feel with a host of returning players. Former Bobcats Call-Up Dontell Jefferson leads the way and should be one of the league's top guards after he was hampered by injuries in 2009-10. Veteran point guard Kevin Kruger, athletic forward Brian Hamilton, and three-point marksmen Andre Ingram are also back for their third seasons in Orem. NBA veteran Orien Greene and do-everything role player Jordan Brady are also back after spending 2009-10 with the Flash. The team also will get two players waived by their NBA affiliates in training camp, as rookie forward Evan Brock and guard Ryan Thompson join what should be one of the top teams in the West Conference.

Name
Position
Height
Weight
College
Evan Brock (Affiliate - Hawks)F6-9220Alabama
Jordan BradyF6-6210Utah Valley State
Orien GreeneG6-4200Lousiana - Lafayette
Brian HamiltonF6-6205Lousiana - Lafayette
Andre IngramG6-3190American
Dontell JeffersonG6-4195Arkansas
Kevin KrugerG6-2185UNLV
Terry Martin (Tryout)
Ryan Thompson (Affiliate - Jazz)G6-6218Rider