66ERS TO PICK FIRST IN 2008 NBA D-LEAGUE DRAFT

Oct 14, 2008 - New York - The Tulsa 66ers won the 2008 NBA Development League's draft lottery and will have the first overall selection in the 2008 NBA D-League Draft on Friday, Nov. 7. The lottery took place in Dallas, TX today at the League's annual Fall Meetings.

“Having the number one pick is what teams always hope for, and we’re excited to have it,” said 66ers head coach Paul Woolpert. “Now we have to compile a list, do our homework, and start building a team for the fans in Tulsa.”

The Colorado 14ers secured the second selection, while the Idaho Stampede, Sioux Falls Skyforce and Bakersfield Jam rounded out the top five.

The 2008 NBA D-League’s Draft will take place live from the NBA TV studio in Atlanta, GA. The eighth-annual event will be telecast on NBA TV and streamed on-line (www.nba.com/dleague) beginning at 7 pm EST.

The NBA D-League Draft utilizes a “serpentine” format, meaning the order will alternate in each of the ten rounds. For example, the team picking last in the first round will select first in the second round, giving them the 16th and 17th overall choices.

“With the draft order in place, we’re one step closer to getting the 2008-09 season underway,” said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel for the NBA D-League. “It’s exciting to welcome top NBA prospects into our draft and our league.”

The order of the first round will be:

  1. Tulsa 66ers
  2. Colorado 14ers
  3. Idaho Stampede
  4. Sioux Falls Skyforce
  5. Bakersfield Jam
  6. Fort Wayne Mad Ants
  7. Erie BayHawks
  8. Anaheim Arsenal
  9. Utah Flash
  10. Reno Bighorns
  11. Dakota Wizards
  12. Rio Grande Valley Vipers
  13. Los Angeles D-Fenders
  14. Albuquerque Thunderbirds
  15. Iowa Energy
  16. Austin Toros