Bighorns Earn All-NBA D-League Honors

NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE ANNOUNCES 2013-14 ALL-NBA D-LEAGUE SELECTIONS

- 11 GATORADE Call-Ups, Seven Players on NBA Rosters Highlight All-NBA D-League Selections -

NEW YORK, May 1, 2014 – Ron Howard (Fort Wayne Mad Ants) and Othyus Jeffers (Iowa Energy), the 2014 NBA Development League Co-Most Valuable Players, headline the 2014 NBA D-League First Team, as voted on by the league’s 17 head coaches. Jeffers, currently a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, is one of three current NBA players on the First Team, including Robert Covington (Rio Grande Valley Vipers/Houston Rockets), and Justin Hamilton (Sioux Falls Skyforce/Miami Heat). Kevin Murphy of the Idaho Stampede rounds out the five-player First Team.

Five additional players with NBA experience, including Jorge Gutierrez (Canton Charge/Brooklyn Nets) and Hilton Armstrong (Santa Cruz Warriors/Golden State Warriors) who are both in the midst of NBA playoff runs, headline the Second Team. GATORADE Call-Ups DeAndre Liggins (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Chris Wright (Maine Red Claws/Milwauke Bucks) and James Nunnally (Texas Legends) complete the five-man squad.

The Third Team All NBA D-League also features five players with NBA experience, with Troy Daniels (Rio Grande Valley Vipers/Houston Rockets) highlighting the field. Daniels is joined by GATORADE Call-Ups Seth Curry (Santa Cruz Warriors), Tony Mitchell (Fort Wayne Mad Ants), and Arinze Onuaku (Canton Charge). Terrence Williams (Los Angeles D-Fenders) also joins the team.

In total, 13 of the 15 players selected to this year’s All-NBA D-League First, Second, and Third Teams have NBA experience, with 11 earning GATORADE Call-Ups during the 2013-14 season and seven currently on NBA rosters. Of those seven, four are on NBA teams currently competing in the Playoffs.

An additional 12 players earned All-NBA D-League Honorable Mentions, including Idaho’s Dee Bost, Iowa’s Patrick Christopher, Bakersfield’s Ike Diogu, Texas’ Melvin Ely, now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, Austin’s Courtney Fells, Maine’s Frank Gaines, Texas’ Damion James, now a member of the San Antonio Spurs, Springfield’s Darius Johnson-Odom, Santa Cruz’s Cameron Jones, Fort Wayne’s Tim Ohlbrecht, and Reno/Springfield’s Willie Reed, now a member of the Sacramento Kings.

Fifteen first-year professionals were selected to the 2014 NBA D-League All-Rookie First, Second and Third teams. The First Team is made up of 2014 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year Robert Covington, who played in Rio Grande Valley on assignment from the Rockets, along with Santa Cruz’s Curry, Maine’s Gaines, Springfield’s Adonis Thomas and Sioux Falls’ Alex Oriakhi. The Second Team is comprised of Daniels, Texas’ PJ Hairston, Los Angeles’ James Sutherland, now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, Tulsa’s Grant Jerrett, now a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Maine’s Zeke Marshall. The Third Team features Fort Wayne’s Trey McKinney-Jones, Maine’s Chris Babb, now a member of the Boston Celtics, Iowa’s Jackie Carmichael, Erie’s CJ Leslie and Rio Grande Valley’s Jordan Henriquez.

The 2014 NBA D-League All-Defensive First Team is made up of Sioux Falls’ Liggins, the 2014 NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year, along with Canton’s Gutierrez, now playing for the Brooklyn Nets, 2014 NBA D-League Co-MVP Jeffers, Reno’s Mo Charlo, and Hamilton, now a member of the Miami Heat. The Second Team includes Fort Wayne’s Sadiel Rojas, Iowa’s Christopher, Maine’s Wright, Reno/Springfield’s Reed, now a member of the Sacramento Kings, and Santa Cruz’s Armstrong, now a member of the Golden State Warriors.

HONORABLE MENTION

Position Player NBA D-League Team

Guard Dee Bost Idaho Stampede

Guard Frank Gaines Maine Red Claws

Guard Cameron Jones Santa Cruz Warriors

Guard Mustafa Shakur Tulsa 66ers

Forward Patrick Christopher Iowa Energy

Forward Ike Diogu Bakersfield Jam

Forward Courtney Fells Austin Toros

Forward Damion James* Texas Legends

Forward Darius Johnson-Odom Springfield Armor

Center Melvin Ely Texas Legends

Center Tim Ohlbrecht Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Center Willie Reed* Reno Bighorns/Springfield Armor

2014 ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

Position Player NBA D-League Team

Guard Jorge Gutierrez* Canton Charge

Guard DeAndre Liggins Sioux Falls Skyforce

Forward Mo Charlo Reno Bighorns

Forward Othyus Jeffers* Iowa Energy

Center Justin Hamilton* Sioux Falls Skyforce

SECOND TEAM

Position Player NBA D-League Team

Guard Patrick Christopher Iowa Energy

Guard Sadiel Rojas Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Forward Chris Wright* Maine Red Claws

Forward Willie Reed* Reno Bighorns/Springfield Armor

Center Hilton Armstrong* Santa Cruz Warriors

THIRD TEAM

Position Player NBA D-League Team

Guard Chris Babb* Maine Red Claws

Guard Dee Bost Idaho Stampede

Forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo Delaware 87ers

Forward Gilbert Brown Canton Charge

Center Mickell Gladness Reno Bighorns

* - Finished the 2013-14 season on an NBA roster