Bighorns to Pick Seventh in D-League Draft

For Immediate Release
Sept. 29, 2009

RENO, Nev.— The Reno Bighorns will make the seventh selection in next month’s 2009 NBA Development League draft, the league office announced today.

The draft lottery took place today at the annual coaches meeting in Dallas, Texas.

The Albuquerque Thunderbirds will make the first overall selection. Erie, Los Angeles, Bakersfield and Utah round-out the top-five. A complete list of first-round draft order is included on the accompanying page.

The NBA D-League Draft consists of 10 rounds, using a serpentine format. The date of the 2009-10 draft will be announced by the league office at a later date.

Last season, the Bighorns made the 10th overall pick in the draft, selecting forward Antonio Meeking, who would go on to represent Reno in the NBA D-League All-Star Game.

The Bighorns kick-off the 2009-10 season on Nov. 28 at Idaho. The ‘Horns commence the home schedule on Dec. 5 against Los Angeles at the Reno Events Center.

Season tickets are available now. Call (775) 284-2622 or visit www.RenoBighorns.com for more information.

The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2009-10 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.

2009 NBA Development League Draft Order
1. Albuquerque Thunderbirds
2. Erie BayHawks
3. Los Angeles D-Fenders
4. Bakersfield Jam
5. Utah Flash
6. Austin Toros
7. Reno Bighorns
8. Maine Red Claws
9. Iowa Energy
10. Fort Wayne Mad Ants
11. Dakota Wizards
12. Rio Grande Valley Vipers
13. Sioux Falls Skyforce
14. Springfield Armor
15. Idaho Stampede
16. Tulsa 66ers