SMITH 45 PTS; 87ERS TWO GAMES BACK OF PLAYOFF BIRTH


87ers Top Swarm To Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

NEWARK, Del. — The Delaware 87ers (26-22) topped the Greensboro Swarm (18-31) 123-114 in a must-win game that keeps the 87ers playoff hopes alive. Russ Smith led the way with a season-high 43 points as the Sevens topped the Swarm for the third time in four meetings this season.The game began as a battle of starting point guards, with Delaware’s Russ Smith and Greensboro’s Cat Barber trading blows in the early part of the first. Smith put up 10 of the Sevens’ first 12 points, while former 87er Barber scored 11 of the Swarm’s first 13 points. The first quarter stayed close and became a high-scoring affair, ending with the 87ers holding a 36-30 lead.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - MAR 29 - Delaware 87ers defeated Greensboro Swarm 123-114

Delaware 87ers Guard RUSS SMITH (0) dribbles the ball down the floor in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets) Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The Sevens controlled the beginning of the second quarter, leaping out to a 41-32 lead before allowing an 8-0 run from the Swarm. The game was tied at 47 at the midway point of the second, but Delaware outscored Greensboro 18-8 the rest of the frame to take a 65-55 lead into the locker room. Russ Smith had 25 at halftime to lead all scorers.

It didn’t take long for Russ Smith to reach the 30-point plateau. He scored the Sevens’ first five points of the third quarter within a minute to hit the mark. Delaware maintained its lead throughout the period, but Greensboro cut into their deficit by three across the third to make the score heading into the final quarter 91-84 in favor of Delaware.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - MAR 29 - Delaware 87ers defeated Greensboro Swarm 123-114

Greensboro Swarm Guard Cat Barber (7) drives to the basket for the easy lay-up in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets) Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Greensboro scored the fourth’s first basket to bring them to within five points, but the 87ers responded with a 10-0 run to give themselves a bit of a cushion. Though the Swarm continued to make things interesting, Delaware kept them at bay. When the score was 102-95, Russ Smith ripped off eight unanswered to give the Sevens a 15-point lead. Greensboro proved a tough out, but Devondrick Walker’s three-ball with 18.8 seconds left iced the affair and gave Delaware a 123-114 win.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - MAR 29 - Delaware 87ers defeated Greensboro Swarm 123-114

Delaware 87ers Guard RUSS SMITH (0) drives towards the basket as Greensboro Swarm Guard Rasheed Sulaimon (0) defends in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets) Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The 87ers had five players finish in double figures. Russ Smith (43), Shane Edwards (18), Walker (13), Roscoe Smith (12) and Terrence Jennings (11) made up the group. Barber had 23 for Greensboro, which was led in scoring by former Kansas standout Perry Ellis, who dropped 25.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - MAR 29 - Delaware 87ers defeated Greensboro Swarm 123-114

Greensboro Swarm Forward Perry Ellis (34) drives to the basket in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets) Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Though the Sevens are alive in the playoff race, they have zero margin for error. They are two games back of the final playoff spot and must win their next two games and have fourth-place Maine lose its final two contests. The 87ers hold the tiebreakers with the Red Claws, who have lost three straight and finish the year with a road back-to-back.

Former VP Joe Biden Attends 87ers Game


Bulls’ Balance Too Much For Sevens

NEWARK, DE – The Delaware 87ers (25-22) fell to the Windy City Bulls (22-25) 110-99 on Beau Biden Foundation Night. This was a well-contested, back and forth game, but when the Bulls took a 46-44 lead with 6:57 to go in the second quarter they never let go of their advantage. The Sevens and Bulls tied the season series 2-2.

Former VP JOE BIDEN salutes the crowd during Half time of an NBA D-league regular season game

Former VP JOE BIDEN salutes the crowd during Half time of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Saturday, March 25, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo Saquan Stimpson

The game had a similar feel to the Reno and Long Island affairs earlier in the week. In those two games, Delaware got timely buckets whenever their opponent got close. Tonight, the tables were turned when it became clear the Bulls had an answer for every Sevens push.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - MAR 25 - Windy City Bulls defeated Delaware 87ers 110-99

Delaware 87ers Guard AARON HARRISON (15) looks to take a shoot in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Saturday, March 25, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

 

Aaron Harrison led the way for Delaware with 32 points. He hit five three-pointers and also added eight rebounds. He was one of four 87ers in double figures, with Nate Robinson (23), Roscoe Smith (13) and Russ Smith (11) rounding out the group.

In a cruel twist of fate, Fort Wayne lost to Grand Rapids by two. Had the Sevens won, they would have moved to within 1.5 games of the Mad Ants for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. As it stands, Delaware is still 2.5 games back of Fort Wayne. The 87ers have three games left, while the Mad Ants have two contests remaining.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - MAR 25 - Windy City Bulls defeated Delaware 87ers 110-99

Delaware 87ers Guard NATE ROBINSON (1) drives his shoulder in the chest of Windy City Bulls Forward THOMAS WALKUP (0) in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Saturday, March 25, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Windy City had an astounding eight players finish in double figures. The Bulls only had nine guys see the court, making the feat all the more impressive. Former 87er David Laury III was a high man for Windy City, pacing the club with 17 points. He was traded to the Bulls on March 2.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - MAR 25 - Windy City Bulls defeated Delaware 87ers 110-99

Windy City Bulls Forward DAVID LAURY III (22) drives towards the basket as Delaware 87ers Forward CARLOS LOPEZ-SOSA (4) defends in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Saturday, March 25, 2017 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

 

 

GALLERY: NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 – MAR 25 – Windy City Bulls defeated Delaware 87ers 110-99

 

Sixers sign Shawn Long to multi-year deal.


NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - FEB 11 - Delaware 87ers defeats Fort Wanye Mad Ants 100-92

Delaware 87ers Center SHAWN LONG (21) drives to basket in second first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana Pacers) Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

 

The 76ers signed Shawn Long to a partially guaranteed, multiyear deal on Thursday morning, confirming a Philly.com report.

The contract is guaranteed for the remainder of the season. Long will have two seasons remaining in his deal.

 

The final day of the rookie’s 10-day contract with the Sixers was Wednesday. Long averaged 4.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 7.8 minutes in four games.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - JAN 30 - Grand Rapids Drive defeats Delaware 87ers 116-105

Delaware 87ers Center SHAWN LONG (21) drives towards the basket as Grand Rapids Drive Forward HENRY ELLENSON (8) defends in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons) Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Saquan Stimpson

 

The 6-foot-9, 255-pounder finished with 13 points and seven rebounds in 15 minutes in his debut against the Milwaukee Bucks on March 6. Then he played only one second against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday before not seeing any action against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

Long scored six points on 2-for-3 shooting and grabbed five rebounds in 12 minutes Sunday against the Lakers. He didn’t score a point and attempted one field goal in four minutes against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.

Source: Keith Pompey | phillynews.com

 

 

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 – FEB 14 – Delaware 87ers defeated Maine Red Claws 123-101


WEBB III SHOWS NO LOVE TO RED CLAWS, DROPS 40 ON MAINE
NEWARK, DE – The Delaware 87ers (18-16) romped into the All-Star break on the back of their second consecutive strong performance against a playoff team, demolishing the Maine Red Claws (22-14) 123-101 on Tuesday night at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del.
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - FEB 14 - Delaware 87ers Vs Maine Red Claws

Delaware 87ers Forward JAMES WEBB III (3) drives towards the basket in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Maine Red Claws ( Boston Celtics) Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The Sevens outscored the Red Claws 70-43 in the second half after trailing 58-53 at intermission. The third quarter was one of the finest 12-minute stretches of basketball Delaware has put together this year; the team outpaced Maine 40-15 in the period to put the game away for good.
James Webb III dropped a season-high 40 points and added 13 rebounds. Shawn Long and Carlos Lopez also had double-doubles, with Long going for 24 and 16 and Lopez chipping in with 12 and 10. It was Long’s 20th double-double of the season and Lopez’s first. But Webb III was the star tonight.
“You know what, it’s funny, the other day they were joking in practice that he didn’t shoot the ball great doing spot-shooting, but he still shot probably 60 percent,” Head Coach Eugene Burroughs said. “In his mind, he was probably like ‘I didn’t shoot seven out of 10 for every spot’ and Coach Martelli told him he was going to make seven today and he made nine. So, he had a great day. He was feeling it.”
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - FEB 14 - Delaware 87ers Vs Maine Red Claws

Delaware 87ers Guard NATE ROBINSON (1) listens to Delaware 87ers Head Coach EUGENE BURROUGHS during a time out in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Maine Red Claws ( Boston Celtics) Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Lopez’s double-double came in just 20 minutes off the bench. He also added two assists and continues to show superior passing skills for a big man.
“He’s been playing great; he plays with a motor,” Burroughs said. “He sets screens. He’s probably the most unselfish guy on our team and when he’s active and moving the basketball and setting screens for guys, with our team, it really helps us.”
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - FEB 14 - Delaware 87ers Vs Maine Red Claws

Delaware 87ers Guard NATE ROBINSON (1) shoots a three pointer in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Maine Red Claws ( Boston Celtics) Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Nate Robinson, the NBA veteran who has been playing professional basketball since 2005, had just three points on 1-8 shooting in his Sevens debut. Still, the three-time Slam Dunk champion showed flashes of his old self and managed to distribute the ball well, picking up three assists despite only having one practice with Delaware under his belt.
“I thought he played well,” Burroughs said. “For a veteran guy like that, you could see the pace that he plays with. Under control, he was great in pick-and-roll. He didn’t make some shots today, but you could tell once he gets a little more familiar and get his legs under him, he’s going to make those plays and he’s going to help our team.”
Robinson’s veteran leadership was evident as well. He used his time on the bench to mentor the younger players.
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - FEB 14 - Delaware 87ers Vs Maine Red Claws

Delaware 87ers Guard NATE ROBINSON (1) and Maine Red Claws Forward DALLAS LAUDERDALE (52) go after the ball in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Maine Red Claws ( Boston Celtics) Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

“Just energy. Just get the guys playing,” Robinson said. “I tried to explain to them during a couple timeouts that, the second unit, we just have to come in and provide energy – regardless of if we make mistakes, if we make shots or don’t. We just have to play with energy, because the ball is going to find energy.”
The Sevens’ next game is next Wednesday, Feb. 22 at home against the Canton Charge, a team against which the 87ers are fighting for a playoff spot. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 – FEB 11 – Delaware 87ers defeats Fort Wayne Mad Ants 100-92


NEWARK, DE – The Delaware 87ers (17-16) picked up a hard-fought, much-needed win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (19-11) by the final score of 100-92. The win was Delaware’s first over the Mad Ants this season and featured 11 steals from the 87ers, as well as some of the best defense the Sevens have played all year long.
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - FEB 11 - Delaware 87ers defeats Fort Wanye Mad Ants 100-92

Delaware 87ers Center SHAWN LONG (21) drives to basket in second first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana Pacers) Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

“I thought we had a great effort,” Head Coach Eugene Burroughs said. “We talked about, you know, as a team we have to defend, because we’ll always score. But, can we get stops? And when we don’t get stops, we struggle, and today’s game I thought we did a great job defensively. We had some scrappy plays, which was great for us because a lot of times we are on the losing end of those scrappy plays and tonight we weren’t.”
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - FEB 11 - Delaware 87ers Vs Fort Wanye Mad Ants

Delaware 87ers Head Coach EUGENE BURROUGHS draws up a play during a time out in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana Pacers) Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

This one was tight throughout, with the two squads tied at 22-22 after one, Fort Wayne ahead by five at halftime and Delaware leading by one heading into the fourth quarter. The Sevens held the Mad Ants to just 17 points in the final frame and, coupled with a solid 24 points of their own in the final 12 minutes, eked out a crucial eight-point victory.
“I think the group on the floor did a great job just sharing the basketball,” Burroughs said. “I don’t think one guy tried to take over the game and the ball moved, and when the ball moves they’re good enough players to make basketball plays, and we made shots during that time period.”
The leading scorer for Delaware in this one was relative newcomer Aaron Harrison. The Kentucky product poured in 19 points in 31 minutes off the bench. Harrison has now scored at least 10 points in three of his four outings with the Sevens.
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - FEB 11 - Delaware 87ers Vs Fort Wanye Mad Ants

Delaware 87ers Guard AARON HARRISON (15) handles the ball in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana Pacers) Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

“I thought he felt very comfortable today,” Burroughs said. “Aaron has only played a few games with us. We’ve had limited practices, so he’s kind of learning on the fly, and today I felt he felt a little more comfortable, you know, in the offensive schemes and defensively.”
Delaware couldn’t have asked for a performance like this at a better time. The Sevens came into the tilt having lost six of their past seven games, while red-hot Fort Wayne had won four of their previous five before Saturday night.
Three 87ers aside from Harrison finished in double figures, with Washington Wizards assignee Danuel House ending with 12 and Russ Smith and Shawn Long notching 16 points apiece. Fort Wayne had five players above 10 points, led by Stephan Hicks and his game-high 22 points.
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - FEB 11 - Delaware 87ers defeats Fort Wanye Mad Ants 100-92

Washington Wizards assignee Danuel House (99) passes the ball while driving to the basket in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana Pacers) Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The Sevens are back home on Valentine’s Day to take on the Maine Red Claws at 7 p.m. ET at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del. It is the fourth game in a five-contest home stand. Delaware is 1-2 against Maine this year.

Canton charge goes on 27-7 run defeating Delaware 123-112


NEWARK, DE – The Delaware 87ers (16-16) couldn’t quite hang on against the Canton Charge (18-14) on Friday night when they fell to their conference rival 123-112.
The Sevens had five players in double figures. They were led by Washington Wizards assignee Danuel House, who put up a team-high 22 points. Philadelphia 76ers assignee Chasson Randle had 14, in addition to Shawn Long, while James Webb III put up 13 and Aaron Harrison added 11.

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Newly Sign Guard Nate Robinson (1) watches the game in street clothes while sitting on the bench. Photo By Saquan Stimpson 

Both teams came out ready to play in the first quarter. The quarter saw three ties and two lead changes, with the Sevens leading by as many as seven and the Charge leading by as many as one. The Sevens shot 5-6 from 3-point range with the help of House, who went 2-2 from distance in the first 10 minutes. Although Canton outscored Delaware 14-8 in the paint in the first, the Sevens finished the quarter with a 31-28 edge.

Center Eric Morland (25) runs the floor while finishing the game with 17 rebounds and 30 points. Photo by Saquan Stimpson 

The Sevens gained their largest lead of the half after going on a 10-4 run in the second quarter, which put them up 59-46 with three minutes remaining until halftime. Roscoe Smith led the way with seven points and three rebounds, in addition to one steal and one block. Webb III paced the Sevens in the first half with 11 points.

Russ Smith (0) drive to the basket for the easy layup. Smith finished the game with eight points. Photo by Saquan Stimpson 

The third quarter was a rough one for Delaware. The Charge shot 87 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from behind the arc. They outscored the Sevens 48-19 and ended the quarter up by 20, 99-79. Their largest lead in the first half was only one.
Delaware attempted to make a comeback in the fourth quarter. They narrowed the gap to five with two and a half minutes remaining, 112-107, and came within seven with one minute remaining, 117-110, but there was not enough time for them to pull off a win.

Players watch the coach draw up a play during a timeout. Photo by Saquan Stimpson 

The Sevens are back home tomorrow night for You Make the Call! Referee Night when they take on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at 7 p.m. ET. There will be a pregame referee seminar featuring Scott Bolnick, Associate Director of Referee Development, NBA. VIP ticket packages include a halftime Q&A with legendary former NBA referee Joey Crawford.

87ERS ACQUIRE THREE-TIME DUNK CHAMP NATE ROBINSON


WILMINGTON, DE – FEBRUARY 8. 2017, – The Delaware 87ers today announced that the team has acquired NBA veteran and three-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion Nate Robinson.
Robinson (5-9, 180) won NBA Slam Dunk Contests in 2006, 2009 and 2010. He has 618 NBA games on his resume, with career averages of 11 points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal per game across ten seasons with New York, Chicago, Boston, Denver, Golden State, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City and New Orleans.
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He most recently played in 2015-16 for Hapoel Tel Aviv of the Israeli Basketball Premier League, where he averaged 16 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals per game. Robinson led the club to the playoffs, where he scored 46 points in a quarter finals matchup, which set a record for most points in a post-season game since 1985.
A collegiate standout at Washington, Robinson was a two-time Pac-12 All-Tournament Team selection (2004, 2005), NABC All-American Third Team selection (2005), AP All-American Third Team selection (2005), Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award winner (2005), Great Alaska Shootout Most Outstanding Player (2005) and Pac-12 All-Freshman Team selection (2003). He averaged 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals per game in his college career.

Cat Barber TRADED to Greensboro


WILMINGTON, DE – The Delaware 87ers today announced that the team has acquired guard Aaron Harrison from the Greensboro Swarm in exchange for Cat Barber and the returning player rights to Sam Thompson. The trade is pending physicals.
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - NOV 29 - Grand Rapids Drive defeats Delaware 87ers 118-104

Delaware 87ers Guard CAT BARBER (1) dribbles down the floor in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons) Tuesday. Nov. 29, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Harrison (6-6, 209) averaged 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal per game with Greensboro this season. He has appeared in 26 NBA games across two seasons, having spent parts of 2015-16 and 2016-17 with the Charlotte Hornets. While playing college ball at Kentucky, he was a two-time SEC All-Tournament Team selection (2014, 2015) and an All-SEC (Coaches) Second Team honoree (2015). He averaged 11 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal per game in his senior season.

DELAWARE 87ERS CENTER SHAWN LONG NAMED NBA D-LEAGUE ALL-STAR TEAM


NEW YORK, Feb. 6, 2017 – Two dozen top NBA Development League players, including 15 with NBA experience, have been selected to play in the 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire.  The game, which will air live on NBA TV, tips off on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. ET from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2015 - DEC 29 - Delaware 87ers defeats Los Angeles D-Fenders 113-93

Los Angeles D-Fenders VANDER BLUE (0) drives to the basket in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Los Angeles D-Fenders Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Six current NBA players, including five who have earned GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA this season, highlight the 12-man East and West rosters.  The East team features Yogi Ferrell (Long Island Nets/Dallas Mavericks), Ray McCallum (Grand Rapids Drive/Charlotte Hornets) and Chris McCullough (Long Island Nets/Brooklyn Nets).  The West team is headlined by Johnny O’Bryant III (Northern Arizona Suns/Denver Nuggets), Briante Weber (Sioux Falls Skyforce/Golden State Warriors) and Okaro White (Sioux Falls Skyforce/Miami Heat).

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - DEC 30 - Delaware 87ers defeats Long Island Nets 111-95

Long Island Nets Guard YOGI FERRELL (11) dribbles towards the center lane as Delaware 87ers Guard MIKH MCKINNEY (10) defends in the second half of a NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Long Island Nets (Brooklyn Nets) Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

An additional nine players with NBA experience have been selected to play in the 11th annual game: Anthony Brown (Erie BayHawks), Eric Moreland (Canton Charge) and Edy Tavares (Raptors 905) in the East, and Keith Benson (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Vander Blue (Los Angeles D-Fenders), Justin Harper (Los Angeles D-Fenders), Pierre Jackson (Texas Legends), Cory Jefferson (Austin Spurs) and JaKarr Sampson (Iowa Energy) in the West.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - JAN 30 - Grand Rapids Drive defeats Delaware 87ers 116-105

Delaware 87ers Center SHAWN LONG (21) drives towards the basket as Grand Rapids Drive Forward HENRY ELLENSON (8) defends in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons) Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The East team, coached by two-time NBA All-Star and Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse, is rounded out by Quinn Cook (Canton Charge), Marcus Georges-Hunt (Maine Red Claws), Jalen Jones (Maine Red Claws), Shawn Long (Delaware 87ers), Abdel Nader (Maine Red Claws) and Alex Poythress (Fort Wayne Mad Ants).

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - DEC 06 - Delaware 87ers VS Santa Cruz Warriors

Delaware 87ers Guard LORRENZO WADE (31) drives towards the basket as Santa Cruz Warriors Center DENNIS CLIFFORD (42) defends in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State Warriors) Tuesday, Dec. 06, 2016 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The West team also includes Dennis Clifford (Santa Cruz Warriors), Dakari Johnson (Oklahoma City Blue) and Josh Magette (Los Angeles D-Fenders).  Los Angeles D-Fenders head coach Coby Karl, an NBA and NBA D-League veteran, will lead the West.

Six of the NBA D-League’s top 10 scorers were selected as All-Stars, with Cook (25.8 ppg), Blue (24.8 ppg) and Nader (22.5 ppg) ranking in the top five.  Three of the league’s top five rebounders will also play in the game: Moreland (11.7 rpg), Long (11.2 rpg) and Benson (10.7 rpg).  Magette (9.5 apg) leads the league in assists.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - MAR 25 - Sioux Falls Skyforce defeats Delaware 87ers 99-93

Sioux Falls Skyforce Guard BRIANTE WEBER (11) dribbles up the floor in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Sioux Falls Skyforce Friday, Mar. 25, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The 2017 NBA D-League All-Stars were selected by a combined vote of the league’s 22 head coaches and all players in the league on Jan. 29.  Players were eligible to be selected if they competed in at least half of their teams’ games through that date.  They must be on an active NBA D-League roster at the time of the All-Star Game to participate.  The league will replace any injured or ineligible players prior to the game.

The 2017 NBA D-League All-Star teams are below.

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS

Player (Team)                                     Pos.     Ht.          Wt.        Birthdate          College/Country

Anthony Brown (Erie)                           G        6-7           211        10/10/1992         Stanford/USA

Quinn Cook (Canton)                            G        6-2           179        3/23/1993          Duke/USA

Yogi Ferrell (Long Island)*                    G        6-0           178        5/9/1993            Indiana/USA

Marcus Georges-Hunt (Maine)                 F         6-6           220        3/28/1994          Georgia Tech/USA

Jalen Jones (Maine)                               F         6-7           220        5/27/1993          Texas A&M/USA

Shawn Long (Delaware)                         C        6-9           248        1/29/1993          Louisiana-Lafayette/USA

Ray McCallum (Grand Rapids)*             G        6-3           190        6/12/1991          Detroit/USA

Chris McCullough (Long Island)*           F         6-9           199        2/5/1995            Syracuse/USA

Eric Moreland (Canton)                         F         6-10         249        12/24/1991         Oregon State/USA

Abdel Nader (Maine)                             F         6-8           225        9/25/1993          Iowa State/Egypt

Alex Poythress (Fort Wayne)                  F         6-7           235        9/6/1993            Kentucky/USA

Edy Tavares (Raptors 905)                     C        7-2           260        3/22/1992          Cape Verde

Head Coach: Jerry Stackhouse (Raptors 905)

Assistant Coaches: Donnie Tyndall (Raptors 905), David Gale (Raptors 905), Nathaniel Mitchell (Raptors 905), John Corbacio (Raptors 905), Nicki Gross (Raptors 905)

Athletic Trainer: Giovanni Sardella (Raptors 905)

 

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS

Player (Team)                                     Pos.     Ht.          Wt.        Birthdate          College/Country

Keith Benson (Sioux Falls)                    C        6-11         235        8/13/1988          Oakland/USA

Vander Blue (Los Angeles)                     G        6-4           200        7/17/1992          Marquette/USA

Dennis Clifford (Santa Cruz)                   C        7-1           260        2/29/1992          Boston College/USA

Justin Harper (Los Angeles)                    F         6-10         225        8/30/1989          Richmond/USA

Pierre Jackson (Texas)                           G        5-11         176        8/29/1991          Baylor/USA

Cory Jefferson (Austin)                          F         6-9           218        12/26/1990         Baylor/USA

Dakari Johnson (Oklahoma City)             C        7-0           255        9/22/1995          Kentucky/USA

Josh Magette (Los Angeles)                    G        6-1           160        11/28/1989         Alabama-Huntsville/USA

Johnny O’Bryant III (Northern Arizona)*  F         6-9           257        6/1/1993                        Louisiana State/USA

JaKarr Sampson (Iowa)                          F         6-9           207        3/20/1993          St. John’s/USA

Briante Weber (Sioux Falls)*                 G        6-2           165        12/29/1992         Va. Commonwealth/USA

Okaro White (Sioux Falls)*                   F         6-8           215        8/13/1992          Florida State/USA

Head Coach: Coby Karl (Los Angeles)

Assistant Coaches: Paul Woolpert (Los Angeles), Brian Walsh (Los Angeles), Isaiah Fox (Los Angeles)

Athletic Trainer: Heather Mau (Los Angeles)

 

* – Indicates a player currently in the NBA

Nate Robinson Signs D-League Contract: Latest Details and Reaction – Bleacher Report


Update: Veteran point guard Nate Robinson has signed a contract with the NBA Development League, Shams Charania of The Vertical reported Thursday.

The 32-year-old has appeared in just two NBA games since the start of the 2015-16 season.

Robinson still needs a letter of clearance from Hapoel Tel Aviv, an Israeli team he played for last season.

Once that happens, his name will be added to the D-League’s available-player pool, per Charania. At the moment, the Oklahoma City Blue, Erie BayHawks, Texas Legends, Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Grand Rapids Drive “hold the top priorities in the D-League waiver order.”

After drafting him 21st overall in 2005, the Phoenix Suns quickly dealt Robinson to the New York Knicks on draft night. Thought to be an undersized point guard at 5’9″ upon his arrival, Robinson developed into a serviceable utility player thanks to a monster vertical that allowed him to keep up with larger players.

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