NBA D-League Draft Pool Released
That's saying quite a bit since the league was able to send a record 27 players to the NBA last season.
FanHouse released the list of returning, allocated and local tryout players Saturday evening, a strong group that included quite a few players with NBA resumes including former NBA draft picks Rashad McCants, Sean Williams, Reece Gaines, Kyle Weaver, Tiny Gallon, Stephane Lasme, Patrick Ewing Jr., JamesOn Curry, Latavious Williams and Orien Greene along with a host of players that were on NBA rosters this preseason such as Mustafa Shakur, Thomas Gardner, Trey Johnson, Cedric Jackson, Chris Hunter, Othyus Jeffers, Mario West, Shane Edwards, Marcus Landry, Anthony Mason Jr., Tweety Carter and Ryan Thompson.
Since many of those names have the talent to be on an NBA roster, one would assume that the D-League's annual draft wouldn't be filled household names considering so many players that signed D-League contracts have already been assigned to rosters. Fortunately for the D-League, however, last season's record amount of call-ups has apparently made playing in the NBA's official minor league a bit more attractive as Monday night's D-League Draft -- to be held via conference call - will include plenty of names that will be familiar to basketball aficionados around the world.
The most surprising player on the list is probably 35-year-old Antonio Daniels (pictured), the fourth overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft and a 12-year NBA veteran that has started 220 games in a career that's included playing for the Vancouver Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle SuperSonics, Washington Wizards and, most recently, the New Orleans Hornets. Take into account that two of those teams no longer exist, and Daniels probably isn't in need of the developing the D-League has to offer. He will, however, more than likely be on the tip of NBA decision makers tongues as soon as an injury occurs this season as they will know he's in-shape and eager to play basketball.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Villanova rookie guard Scottie Reynolds will be the first NCAA consensus First Team All-American to play in a league other than the NBA immediately after leaving college since Cincinnati guard Steve Logan in 2002 as he has also entered his name into the D-League Draft. Reynolds, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, had been invited to play for the Phoenix Suns this preseason after showing what he was able to do on the Summer League circuit, but instead decided to take his talents to Prima Veroli in Italy this season. Just four games into his professional career, however, Reynolds decided to return home to play in the D-League after a release on his Italian team's website cited 'homesickness' as cause for a mutual parting.
Other notable names sure to be selected Monday include former NBA Draft picks Salim Stoudamire, Nick Fazekas, Walter Sharpe, Robert Vaden and Cheikh Samb as well as recent NBA training camp cuts Vernon Goodridge (Golden State Warriors), Marqus Blakely (Los Angeles Clippers), Magnum Rolle (Indiana Pacers), Matt Rogers (Charlotte Bobcats), James Florence (Philadelphia 76ers) Vernon Hamilton (Detroit Pistons) and Chris Johnson (Boston Celtics). Brandon Wallace and Antonio Anderson will also probably be among the first players to be called up this season as they've both shown to have the talent to play in the NBA in the past.
A full list of players in the draft is attached below.
Rookie point guards - Antoine Pearson, Armon Bassett, Ben Smith, Bobby Maze, Brandon Johnson, Carlos Medlock, Clevin Hannah, Cortney Hill, Dwain Williams, Garrison Johnson, Herman Favors, James Florence, Jerry Smith Jesse Childs, Josh Mayo,Josh Young, Lawrence Westbrook, Maurice Acker, Mike Gerrity, Nicholas Carter, Rico Pickett, Scottie Reynolds, Tajuan Porter, Trey Drake, Will Walker
Rookie shooting guards - Alex Zampier, Andre King-Holland, Antonio Hanson, Brandon Hazzard, Chris Roberts, Corey Allmond, D'Andre Bell, David Potter, Dominique Johnson, J.T. Tiller, James Lewis, Julius Cheeks, Kashif Watson, Keaton Grant, Keith Cothran, Kelvin Lewis, Kenny Hayes, L.D. Williams, Marcus Malone, Obi Muonelo, Thomas Young
Rookie small forwards - Bilal Benn, Brian Beckford, Chris Agwumaro, David Nurse, Devin Sweetney, Dominique Archie, Garfield Blair, Garrett Williamson, Gerard Anderson, Jimmy Conyers,Kent Tuttle, Marquis Gilstrap, Seth Thomas
Rookie power forwards - Alex Smith, Angelo Gordon, Derrick Evans, John Bryant, Jon Avery, Kaylone Riley, Kendrick Price, Lance Thomas, Marlon Jones, Mouhammad Faye, Napoleon Roberts, Nkem Ojougboh, Ollie Bailey, Perry Stevenson, Vernon Goodridge
Rookie centers - Amadou Mbodji, Brendan Knox, Josh Lomers, Magnum Rolle, Matt Rogers, Michael Washington, Moussa Seck, Zach Atkinson
Veteran point guards - Aaron Nixon, Abdulai Jalloh, Antonio Daniels, Antonio Webb, Booker Woodfox, Brandon Brooks, Brian Evans, Chris Lofton, Cliff Clinkscales, Curtis Terry, Daniel Horton, Daryl Dorsey, Derek Raivio, Jajuan Smith, Jarred Axon, Justin Dentmon , Marshall Strickland, Matt Neaville, Ray Reed, Salim Stoudamire, Terrance Whiters, TJ Bannister, Tyc Snow, Vernon Hamilton, Wink Adams
Veteran shooting guards - Anthony Goods, Chamberlain Oguchi, Chavis Holmes, Daryl Cohen, Dave Noel, David Schroeder, Dawan Robinson, Dominique Coleman, Eric Smith, Isaiah Swann, Kammron Taylor, Kenny Taylor, Kyle Hill, Kyle Spain, Mamadi Diane, Marshall Brown, Maurice Benson, Maurice Maxwell, Mike Cook, Rasheem Barrett, Ricky Huckaby, Ricky Shields, Scooter McFadgon, Tasheed Carr
Veteran small forwards - Alan Anderson, Alan Daniels, Darren "Scottie" Wilson, Delonte Holland, Earl Hines, Eugene Spates, Jahmar Thorpe, Jamaal Wise, Joe Darger, Josh Bostic, JP Montas, Lorrenzo Wade, Marcus Hubbard, Michael Haynes, Michael Sturns, Milone Clark, Monty Rogers, Rasheim Wright, Reggie Harwell, Richard Roby, Robert Vaden, Sean Marshall, Shane Ross, Shawn Hawkins
Veteran power forwards - Anthony Richardson, Antoine Tisby, Brad Byerson, Brandon Costner, Brandon Wallace, Christopher Moore, David Gomez, Decorey Young, Dominique Scales, Harold Crow, Ivan Johnson, James Booyer, JR Inman, Kentrell Gransberry, Marcus Tullis, Marvin Owens, Nick Fazekas, Reece Hampton, Robert Diggs, Takais Brown, Willie Jenkins
Veteran centers - Bamba Fall, Bobby Bienaimee, Boubacar Coly, Cheikh Samb, Chris Johnson, Cyrus Tate, Darren Kent, Deandre Thomas, Jared Carter, Larry Darnell Cox, Lorenzo Davis, Lukas Zeller, Russell Hicks, Scott VanderMeer, Shagari Alleyne, Travis Taylor, Tyler Hughes