Pizza Ranch to Host 2009 NBA Development League Draft Party

Sioux Falls, S.D. (October 27, 2009) – The Sioux Falls Skyforce will hold their 2009 NBA Development League Draft party at Pizza Ranch located at 2717 W. 41st St. in Sioux Falls on Thursday, Nov. 5. The ninth-annual draft will air live on NBA TV and be streamed online beginning at 6 p.m. CT.

Skyforce coaches, front office staff, Skyleaders and Thunder will be in attendance and several great prizes will be given away throughout the evening. In order to gain entrance to the party fans will be required to purchase a buffet which includes the salad bar, pizza, chicken, soup and several dessert options.

The Albuquerque Thunderbirds will have the first overall pick in a serpentine selection process, followed by the Erie BayHawks, Los Angeles D-Fenders, Bakersfield Jam, Utah Flash, Austin Toros, Reno Bighorns, Maine Red Claws, Iowa Energy, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Dakota Wizards, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Sioux Falls Skyforce, Springfield Armor, Idaho Stampede and Tulsa 66ers.

The draft is “serpentine” or “snaked” which means the order will be reversed in each of the eight rounds. For example, after picking first, Albuquerque’s next selections will be the 32nd and 33rd overall. The Tulsa 66ers will select last in the first round, but first in the second round, giving them the 16th and 17th picks overall.

Each of the NBA D-League’s 16 teams will be given one pick in each round. No trades will be permitted during the draft and only players signed to an NBA Development League Standard Player Contract are eligible to be selected.

In addition to the 13th overall pick, Sioux Falls will also select 20th, 45th, 52nd, 77th, 84th, 109th and 116th overall in the 128-player draft.

Season tickets and 12-ticket flex packs are on sale for the 2009-10 season. Discounts and benefits are also available for groups of 10 or more. Single game tickets will go on sale on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. The home opener is set for Friday, Nov. 27 against the expansion Maine Red Claws. For more information please contact a Skyforce representative at (605) 332-0605.