Record 103 D-League Players on NBA Rosters

Maine Red Claws — By on April 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Note: Three former Red Claws players are currently on NBA teams competing in the NBA Playoffs: Avery Bradley (Boston), Magnum Rolle (Atlanta) and Bill Walker (NY). Five former Red Claws players were on end-of-the-season NBA rosters: Magnum Rolle (Atlanta), Avery Bradley (Boston), Mario West (NJ), Bill Walker (NY), and Alexis Ajinca (Toronto)

A record-high 103 players with NBA Development League experience, representing 23 percent of all NBA players, were featured on NBA end-of-season rosters as the 2010-11 regular season concluded on Wednesday, April 13. For the first time ever, all 30 NBA teams featured a player with NBA D-League experience.

Of the 103 former NBA D-League players on NBA rosters, 50 played in the NBA D-League this season, the league’s 10th. The NBA D-League saw record highs this year in individual NBA players assigned to their affiliates (39), total NBA player assignments (56) and NBA teams assigning a player (25), and also had 20 players receive 27 GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA. Among the NBA D-League alumni who excelled in the NBA this season are Cleveland’s Ramon Sessions, Golden State’s Dorell Wright, Phoenix’s Aaron Brooks and Marcin Gortat, Utah’s C.J. Miles and Washington’s Andray Blatche.

Forty-five former NBA D-Leaguers will suit up for their teams in the NBA Playoffs, which tip off on Saturday. Included among the postseason participants with NBA D-League experience are Jose Juan Barea (Dallas), Matt Barnes and Shannon Brown (L.A. Lakers), Brandon Bass (Orlando) and Lou Williams (Philadelphia).

Visit http://www.nba.com/dleague/news/nba_rosters_2011.html to view the full list of NBA D-League alumni on NBA end-of-season rosters. Following is the list of players with NBA D-League experience competing in the NBA Playoffs:

Atlanta
Josh Powell
Magnum Rolle
Pape Sy

Boston
Avery Bradley
Von Wafer

Chicago
C.J. Watson

Dallas
Jose Juan Barea
Roddy Beaubois
Dominique Jones
Ian Mahinmi

Denver
Chris Andersen
Gary Forbes
Kosta Koufos

Indiana
Dahntay Jones
Josh McRoberts

Los Angeles Lakers
Matt Barnes
Shannon Brown
Derrick Caracter
Devin Ebanks
Trey Johnson

Memphis
Hamed Haddadi
Ishmael Smith

Miami
Joel Anthony
Dexter Pittman

New Orleans
Patrick Ewing Jr.

New York
Bill Walker

Oklahoma City
Cole Aldrich
Daequan Cook
Byron Mullens
Robert Vaden

Orlando
Brandon Bass
Earl Clark
Daniel Orton

Philadelphia
Craig Brackins
Antonio Daniels
Lou Williams

Portland
Luke Babbitt
Earl Barron
Armon Johnson
Chris Johnson
Patrick Mills

San Antonio
James Anderson
Da’Sean Butler
Danny Green
Steve Novak

The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league.  Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams.  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.  The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA.  Throughout the league’s 10th season, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA FUTURECAST, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.

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