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2010 NBA D-League Draft - Top Prospects
by Matthew Brennan, NBA D-League.com
Threre are a large amount of talented players in the pool for Monday's NBA D-League Draft, but here is a closer look at some of the biggest names who will be selected by one of the 16 NBA D-League teams. Click here for a look at the complete player list for the Draft. The 2010 Draft cosists of eight rounds, resulting in a total of 128 players selected.
Alan Anderson - The former Michigan State star returns to the NBA D-League after earning All-Star honors and a Charlotte GATORADE Call-Up during the 2006-07 season with Tulsa. Anderson finished the season by playing in 17 games with the Bobcats and then moved overseas, playing in Italy, Russia, Croatia, and most recently for Isreal power Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He posted 13.7 points in Euroleague play last season.
Antonio Daniels - The fourth pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, Daniels will be one of the most experienced NBA players to join an NBA D-League team. The 6-4 combo guard last played in the NBA in the 2008-09 season, which he split between the Wizards and the Hornets. Overall, Daniels will bring an average of 7.6 points and 3.4 assists in 868 NBA games to the NBA D-League.
Nick Fazekas - An All-American at Nevada and a second-round draft pick by the Dallas Mavericks in 2007, Fazekas has spent the last few seasons playing overseas. A 6-11 forward who can score both inside and on the perimeter, Fazekas played in France last season but lost most of his season to injury. He played on assignment with the Tulsa 66ers during the 2007-08 season and averaged 19.2 points and 9.9 rebounds in 28 games. He also appeared in 22 games for the Clippers that year after leaving the Mavericks.
Scottie Reynolds - The 6-2 Reynolds is coming off a First-Team All-America honors at Villanova in 2009-10 and an impressive stint for the Phoenix Suns at the Las Vegas Summer League. Reynolds opted to head to Italy instead of going to camp with the Suns, but he has returned to America after playing in only four games with Prima Veroli. Reynolds is an excellent scorer and three-point shooter but may use the NBA D-League to further develop his point guard skills, which is where his NBA future lies.
Richard Roby - A prolific scorer during his college career at Colorado, the 6-6 Roby earned All-Big 12 honors and is the Buffaloes all-time leading scorer. He spent the first two years of his pro career in Isreal, averaging 7.7 points last year. More recently Roby played for the Nuggets in the Las Vegas Summer League. Denver forward Kenyon Martin is his half-brother.
Magnum Rolle - The 51st pick by Oklahoma City in this year's NBA Draft, Rolle then played in the Orlando Summer League for the Pacers. The 6-11 power forward/center blossomed after transferring to Lousiana Tech from LSU, and should be a double-double threat in the NBA D-League as well as one of the league's top shot blockers. He averaged 13.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks last year as a senior, earning second-team All-WAC honors.
Walter Sharpe - An NBA veteran, the 6-9 forward played in eight games as a rookie and was also briefly assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, where he averaged 10.8 points in four games. The 32nd pick in the 2008 NBA Draft did not play last season after getting waived by the Bucks in July. He averaged 14.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks as a senior at UAB. Sharpe should be a top forward in the NBA D-League once he shakes off the rust after playing sparingly as a rookie and not at all in 2009-10.
Salim Stoudamire - A three-year NBA veteran, Stoudamire played in three seasons for the Atlanta Hawks after they selected him with the 31st pick in 2005. More recently he played for the Spurs and the Bucks in the last two preseasons. Stoudamire has an 8.0 ppg NBA career average and will be a top three-point shooter in the NBA D-League after making 167 in his Hawks' tenure. The 6-1 guard has been known as a shooting specialist during his career dating back to his college days at Arizona, but he could use the NBA D-League to work on his point guard skills as he seeks a return to the NBA.
Robert Vaden - The 54th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, Vaden's rights ended up with the Thunder, but he has yet to report to them for an NBA training camp. The 6-5 wing is a pure scorer who posted over 2,000 points in his college career at UAB and Indiana. Also an excellent three-point shooter, Vaden played in Italy's second division last season and scored 16.9 points while shooting 40 percent from long-range. Most recently he appeared for the Thunder in July's Orlando Summer League for the second straight year.
Brandon Wallace - The 6-9 forward/center from South Carolina made the Celtics as an undrafted free agent in 2007-08 and was briefly assigned to the Utah Flash. Wallace later signed with the NBA D-League and finished the year with the Iowa Energy and Los Angeles D-Fenders. Overall he finished with 8.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 2.1 blocks in 31 NBA D-League games. Wallace has played in Turkey, Isreal, and Poland over the last two seasons before returning to the NBA D-League. A solid rebounder and shot-blocker on the NBA D-League level, Wallace can play his way onto an NBA bench as a reserve big man with some improvements to his offense.