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.

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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

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


NEWARK, DE – The Delaware 87ers (9-8) overcame their lowest scoring output in a first half this season to down the Long Island Nets (6-13) 111-95 in their final game of 2016.
The Nets, one of three D-League teams playing in their inaugural season, held a 50-39 advantage at halftime. In the third quarter, the Sevens looked like a completely different team and outscored Long Island 34-21 in the period to take a 73-71 lead into the fourth quarter.
“I thought we just came out and played a little bit harder,” Head Coach Eugene Burroughs said after the game. “I think we were playing in the mud in the first half; in the second half, basically we just challenged the guys that ‘we just have to play hard, play more together, be selfless, set screens for each other, rebound the basketball’ and we actually came out and defended.”
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - DEC 30 - Delaware 87ers defeats Long Island Nets 111-95

Delaware 87ers Head Coach EUGENE BURROUGHS, RIGHT, provides instructions to his players in the first 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

The 87ers not only had all five starters reach double figures, they got ample production from a short bench. Devondrick Walker and David Laury III had 13 and 16 points, respectively, while Laury III added 15 rebounds to notch the double-double. Delaware’s reserve point guards also played a big role in the win, with Mikh McKinney and Brandon Triche combining for six points, seven rebounds, nine assists and three steals in 31 minutes of work.

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

Delaware 87ers Guard BRANDON TRICHE (7) drives past defender Long Island Nets Guard DONNIE MCGRATH (7) 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

“It’s a great tribute to those guys that practice hard every day and compete every day,” Burroughs said. “I think to be a good team, you have to have guys that step up and play, you know, great minutes in times when you don’t think they’ll play great. I thought it was a great time to let those guys keep going and they shared the ball and moved the ball and they were, I think, the reason we won this game.”

Of all the bench players who stepped up, it was Laury III who took center stage. The Iona product finished off his brilliant December with one of his best performances of the year.

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

Delaware 87ers Forward DAVID LAURY (13) fights for the rebound as Long Island Nets Forward DWAYNE POLEE JR. (12) 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

“I think he has been doing what he has been doing for the last, you know, five, six, seven games,” Burroughs said. “He’s a second-unit scorer for us. He’s a guy that we can post up and make plays around the rim. He’s unselfish; he passes the basketball. I think he’s been playing great for us.”

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

Delaware 87ers Forward JAMES WEBB III (3), RIGHT, flies to the hoop for the dunk in the first 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

One player who had been struggling coming into this one, however, was James Webb III. You wouldn’t know it by watching him swish threes and finish highlight-reel dunks on Friday night, but over his last three games, Webb was averaging just five points per game on 30 percent shooting from the field. Webb bounced back against the Nets with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. He also shot 4-6 from distance.

 

“I think he was just a recipient of the ball moving,” Burroughs said. “When we move the basketball, I tell our guys everyone’s going to have the opportunity to make plays and get shots, but when the ball stops and we play a lot of one-on-one basketball, then we’re in trouble.”

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

The Nets were led by electric point guard Yogi Ferrell, whose 34 points led all scorers. The Sevens meanwhile, had seven players finish in double figures.
These two teams meet again Monday, Jan. 2 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The tip is set for 1:30 p.m.
By Varun Raghupathi, 24/Sevens Insider

87ERS ACQUIRE DEVONDRICK WALKER


NEWARK, DE – DECEMBER 14, 2016 – The Delaware 87ers today announced that the team has acquired guard Devondrick Walker from the Westchester Knicks in a trade for guard Von Wafer.

Walker (6-5, 205) was averaging 10 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes per game with Westchester this season. While playing college ball at Texas A&M University-Commerce, he was a Lone Star Conference All-Second Team selection and averaged 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes per game in his senior campaign (2013-14).

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - APR 01 - Westchester Knicks defeats Delaware 87ers 104-101

Westchester Knicks Guard Devondrick Walker during the 2015-16 season. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 – DEC 06 – Santa Cruz Warriors defeats Delaware 87ers 116-102


NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - DEC 06 - Santa Cruz Warriors defeats Delaware 87ers 116-102

Santa Cruz Warriors Guard PHIL PRESSEY (26) dribbles the ball as Delaware 87ers Guard MIKH MCKINNEY (10) defends in the second 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

NEWARK – Dec. 06, 2016 – The last time Santa Cruz visited The Delaware 87ers back on Jan. 13, 2015, The sevens cruised to a 109-96 win over the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Despite Former Tar Heel James Michael McAdoo posting game-highs in points and rebounds for Santa Cruz, putting up 28 and tearing down 18 rebounds.

Tuesday night was a different story at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware when the warriors saw five players finish the game in double figures, led by PHIL PRESSEY who scores 21 points while DENNIS CLIFFORD pulled down 9 rebounds while collecting 14 points, as CAMERON JONES amassed 41 minutes of work finishing the game with a total of 18 points.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - DEC 06 - Santa Cruz Warriors defeats Delaware 87ers 116-102

Delaware 87ers Center SHAWN LONG (21) drives towards the basket as Santa Cruz Warriors Forward ELGIN COOK (23) blocks the shot 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

In the second half leading by ten points “60-50” the Waaaarrrrrriiiorsss, came out to pla-ay!!! quickly elevating their lead when SCOTT WOOD  goes up for a lay-up scoring while getting fouled in the process at the 11:15 mark starting a Santa Cruz 21-15 third quarter run.

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

Delaware 87ers Guard CAT BARBER (1) drives towards the basket as Santa Cruz Warriors Forward ELGIN COOK (23) 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

CAT BARBER puts up a season-high 31, BARBER was heard yelling “We have to help each other” during the third period but help came too late for the Sevens, Shawn Long added 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Lorrenzo Wade added 16 points.

With the win The Warriors (3-7) completes five-game East Coast trip and will return home to face the Austin Spurs on December. 9, 2016 at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz, CA.

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 Sevens will hit the road to face ATLANTIC DIVISION leading Westchester Knicks (6-1) Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at The Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York.

The 87ers will return home to the Bob Carpenter Center Tuesday, December. 13, when the Oklahoma City Blue pays a visit to the first state. In the last meeting between these two franchises Delaware dropped an overtime contest 124-120 to City Blue at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on March 22, 2015.

Delaware was led by a breakout performance from Philadelphia 76ers draft pick Jordan McRae, who scored a career-high 39 points and added 13 rebounds on that night.

 

 

 

 

The Delaware 87ers released center Jordan Railey


The Delaware 87ers today announced that the team has added veteran NBA journeyman guard Von Wafer to the active roster. In a related move, the team has released center Jordan Railey and guard Roberto Nelson.

The Former Washington State cougar, Railey, was a member of the 2015-2016 87ers team started 18 games while averaging 3.3 points per game notwithstanding grabbing 4.1 rebounds during the 2015-2016 season.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - MAR 04 - Iowa Energy defeats Delaware 87ers 114-106

Delaware 87ers Center JORDAN RAILEY (32) attempts to block Iowa Energy Guard Mardracus Wade (10) shot attempt in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Iowa Energy Friday, Mar. 04, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Jordan has some success during his career with the 87ers scoring 9 point vs Westchester on APR 01 2016, Bring down 9 rebounds vs Maine on MAR 31 2016, accumulating 4 assists twice vs Raptors on JAN 29 2016,  Rio Grande Valley on NOV 23 2015,  in addition Railey had two game where he cumulated 3 steals vs Maine on MAR 31 2016 and
Grand Rapids on JAN 30 2016.

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BYU alumni JIMMER FREDETTE (16) and Delaware 87ers Center JORDAN RAILEY (32) battle for the rebound in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Westchester Knicks Tuesday, JAN, 19, 2016 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Railey, also played for current Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State before transferring to Washington State, Jordan was the 87ers only 7-footer.

The Sevens will return home to the Bob Carpenter Center Tuesday. Nov, 29, 2016 to face the Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons) at 7:00 pm. For more information, please visit SEVENS.COM.

Baron Davis Returns After 4-year, 87ers Fall To Energy 114-106


NEWARK, DE – March 05, 2016, – The Delaware 87ers were defeated 114-106 by the Iowa Energy at the Bob Carpenter Center Friday night.

“Integrating Baron Davis into our system has not been hard, that’s the nature of the beast in this league we have guys coming and going all year, you just have to figure out ways to integrate guys on a fly” said Coach Young.

13-year NBA veteran Baron Davis, who was acquired by the 87ers (17-22) on Wednesday, recorded eight points, four assists and three steals in 19 minutes of action off the bench, in his first game in 1,398 days. Russ Smith led Delaware with 31 points on 10-of-26 shooting from the field, in addition to five assists and four rebounds. Rick Jackson posted an 87ers season-high 20 rebounds, and Ty Greene added 20 points.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - MAR 04 - Iowa Energy defeats Delaware 87ers 114-106

Delaware 87ers Guard BARON DAVIS (34) celebrates after knocking down a three point shot in the second half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Iowa Energy Friday, Mar. 04, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

“I survived. It felt good. I definitely have to get myself into a rhythm. As we practice my court awareness and vision will become sharper”. Said Davis

How did you feel about that dunk? “I thought I was being chased by a pit bull, I thought it was LeBron James coming to block it, I didn’t want to lay it up; I figured why I’m up here I might as well dunk it”. Said Davis

The Energy (18-21) were led by Patrick Christopher who had 31 points on 11-of-23 shooting from the field in a team-high 42 minutes. Ramon Harris had the Iowa’s only double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Terry Whisnant chipped in 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting to go along with six rebounds and four assists.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - MAR 04 - Iowa Energy defeats Delaware 87ers 114-106

Iowa Energy Guard TERRY WHISNANT (6) drives to the basket for a easy lay-up in the second half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Iowa Energy Friday, Mar. 04, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Davis came off the bench to play five minutes and 59 seconds, highlights by a breakaway dunk for his first bucket of his NBA D-League career, and the 87ers led 24-21 after one.

In the second quarter, Smith put up 13 points to give 87ers a 56-50 lead at the half.

Greene tallied eight points in the third quarter, which helped the 87ers to a 78-75 advantage heading into the final period.

Iowa put up 39 fourth quarter points, powered by 27 combined points from Whisnant and Christopher, which saw them complete the comeback.

The 87ers travel to Iowa for the last time of the season in their next game on Sunday, March 6th, at 4:00 p.m. ET.

 

About the Delaware 87ers

The Delaware 87ers of the National Basketball Association Development League (NBADL) were relocated to America’s first state in 2013 and named to commemorate the year in which Delaware ratified the U.S. Constitution, 1787. The Sevens are the NBADL affiliate of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and are owned by the Sixers. The 87ers play at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, DE.

 

About the NBA Development League

The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 19 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2015-16 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 26 percent of all NBA players at the start of the 2014-15 season boasted NBA D-League experience. 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. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.

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NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - FEB 26 - Raptors 905 defeats Delaware 87ers 130-116

File Photo – Raptors 905 Forward GREG SMITH (33) shoots over Delaware 87ers Forward RICK JACKSON (23) in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Raptors 905 Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - JAN 15 - Delaware 87ers defeats Raptors 905 119-104

File Photo – Raptors 905 Forward GREG SMITH (99) dunks the ball as Delaware 87ers Center JORDAN RAILEY (32) defends in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Raptors 905 Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

A person with knowledge of the deal says the Minnesota Timberwolves are planning to call up forward Greg Smith from the D-League for a 10-day contract. GREG SMITH (33)  has appeared in sixteen games while averaging 27.9 minutes and 12.4 points per game for the Raptors 905.

Source: AP Source: Timberwolves to call up Greg Smith for 10 days

87ers Fall To Raptors On Super Hero Night 132-114


NEWARK, DE – February 26, 2016, – The Delaware 87ers were defeated 132-114 by Raptors 905 in front of 2,766 fans on super hero night at the Bob Carpenter Center Friday night in their final meeting of the regular season between the Raptors 905 and the 87ers. Delaware as lost seven consecutive game, with their last win dating back to February 3rd when the 87ers travel to Erie, PA and defeated the Bayhawks 100-97. With thirteen games left in the regular season the 87ers are on the outside looking in, in terms of a playoffs.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - FEB 26 - Raptors 905 leads Delaware 87ers 70-54 HALFTIME

Raptors 905 Forward Bruno Caboclo (20) dunks the ball in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Raptors 905 Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Christian Wood led the 87ers (17-20) with 29 points on 11-of-23 shooting from the field and a team-high nine rebounds. Russ Smith had the Delaware’s only double-double with 24 points and 12 assists, and the recently reacquired Jamal Jones posted 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting off the bench.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - FEB 26 - Raptors 905 leads Delaware 87ers 70-54 HALFTIME

Raptors 905 Forward GREG SMITH (33) shoots over Delaware 87ers Forward RICK JACKSON (23) in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Raptors 905 Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Raptors 905 (14-23) received a double-double from Greg Smith who totaled 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting while snatching 13 rebounds. Scott Suggs produced a team-high 25 points on 8-of-10 shooting, and made all five of his attempts from beyond the arc. Sim Bhullar also had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Axel Toupane added 23 points in the win.

Jones, who played 46 games for the Sevens last season, scored 10 points on four consecutive possessions to put the 87ers up 32-30 at the end of the opening period.

In the second quarter, Raptors shot 70 percent, going 14-of-20 from the field, and the hosts took a 70-54 lead into halftime.

Smith and Wood had nine points apiece in the third quarter, but still the 905 still held a 98-84 lead entering the final period.

In the fourth quarter, Smith hit 4-of-7 field goals, and 6-of-7 free-throws for 15 points and dished two assists, but it wasn’t enough to mount a comeback.

The 87ers will travel to face the Canton Charge on Sunday, Feb. 28, with tip scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET. Raptors will continue their road trip when they face the Erie BayHawks on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

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