Ridiculous Update #4: Featuring Former D-Leaguers In The NBA Playoffs

Well, this is the last RUpdate of the season. Hopefully I can do this next season. I would have had it up last night, but I was...distracted. Blame Thunder/Nuggets (THUNDERNUGGETS!).

This RUpdate is more or less a season summary, a team by team breakdown of every player with D-League experience. The D-League site did something similar, but I want it to be known that I had thought of this before I saw their list (which I'm sure is better). Then I'll finish off with some yearly awards. Jump!

Every player currently in the NBA with D-League experience (this season's call ups in bold, this season's send downs in italics)

Eastern Conference

 

Atlanta Hawks:

Josh Powell, F- #21

Magnum Rolle, F- #16

Pape Sy, G- #19

 

Boston Celtics:

Avery Bradley, G- #0

Von Wafer, G- #12

 

Charlotte Bobcats:

Matt Carroll, G- #33

Shaun Livingston, G- #2

Garrett Temple, G- #41

D.J. White, F/C- #3

 

Chicago Bulls:

John Lucas III, G- #15

C.J. Watson, G- #32

 

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Christian Eyenga, G/F- #8

Alonzo Gee, G/F- #33

Ryan Hollins, C- #5

Samardo Samuels, F-#24

Ramon Sessions, G- #3

 

Detroit Pistons:

Will Bynum, G- #12

 

Indiana Pacers:

Dahntay Jones, G- #1

Josh McRoberts, F- #32

 

Miami Heat:

Joel Anthony, C- #50

Dexter Pittman, C- #45

 

Milwaukee Bucks:

Ersan Ilyasova, F- #7

Larry Sanders, F- #8

 

New Jersey Nets:

Jordan Farmar, G- #2

Sundiata Gaines, G- #0

Stephen Graham, G/F- #26

Ben Uzoh, G- #18

Mario West, G- #6

 

New York Knicks:

Bill Walker, G- #5

 

Orlando Magic:

Brandon Bass, F- #30

Earl Clark, F- #3

Daniel Orton, C- #21

 

Philadelphia 76ers:

Craig Brackins, F- #33

Antonio Daniels, G- #22

Louis Williams, G- #23

 

Toronto Raptors:

Alexis Ajinca, C- #42

Solomon Alabi, C- #50

Ed Davis, F/C- #32

Joey Dorsey, F/C- #9

Amir Johnson, F- #15

James Johnson, F- #0

Sonny Weems, G/F- #24

 

Washington Wizards:

Andray Blatche, F- #7

Othyus Jeffers, G/F- #12

Hamady N'Diaye, C- #55

Larry Owens, G/F- #32

Mustafa Shakur, G- #22

 

Western Conference

Dallas Mavericks:

Jose Barea, G- #11

Rodrigue Beaubois, G- #3

Dominique Jones, G- #20

Ian Mahinmi, C- #28

 

Denver Nuggets

Chris Andersen- C #11

Gary Forbes, G/F- 0

Kosta Koufos, C- #41

 

Golden State Warriors

Jeff Adrien, F- #4

Lou Amundson, F- #19

Jeremy Lin, G- #7

Reggie Williams, G/F- #55

Dorell Wright, F- #1

 

Houston Rockets

Marqus Blakely, F- #15

Marcus Cousin, C- #50

Chuck Hayes, F/C- #44

Patrick Patterson, F- #54

Hasheem Thabeet, C- #32

Terrence Williams- G/F, #1

 

Los Angeles Clippers

Jamario Moon, F- #8

Willie Warren, G- #13

 

Los Angeles Lakers

Matt Barnes, F- #9

Shannon Brown, G- #12

Derrick Caracter- F, #45

Devin Ebanks, F- #3

Trey Johnson, G- #10

 

Memphis Grizzlies

Hamed Haddadi, C- #15

Ish Smith, G- #5

 

Minnesota Timberwolves

Jonny Flynn, G- #10

Anthony Tolliver, F- #44

Martell Webster, G/F- #5

 

New Orleans Hornets

Patrick Ewing Jr, F- #22

 

Oklahoma City Thunder

Cole Aldrich, C- #45

Daequan Cook, G/F- #14

Byron Mullens, C- #23

Robert Vaden, G- #30

 

Phoenix Suns

Aaron Brooks, G- #0

Zabian Dowdell, G- #22

Marcin Gortat, C- #4

Gani Lawal, F- #22

Garret Siler, C- #30

 

Portland Trail Blazers

Luke Babbitt, F- #11

Earl Barron, C- #40

Armon Johnson, G- #1

Chris Johnson, C- #17

Patrick Mills, G- #8

 

Sacramento Kings

Donte' Greene, F- #20

Darnell Jackson, F- #41

Pooh Jeter, G- #5

Jermaine Taylor, G- #3

Hassan Whiteside, C- #33

 

San Antonio Spurs

James Anderson, G/F- #20

Da'Sean Butler, F- #1

Danny Green, G/F- #4

Steve Novak, F- #30

 

Utah Jazz

Jeremy Evans, F- #40

Kyrylo Fesenko, C- #44

C.J. Miles, G/F- #34

Kyle Weaver, G- #3

 

 

And now, for the season ending awards.

 

Former D-League Player of the Year (all entrants):

Dorell Wright, Golden State Warriors

2010-11 Stats: 82 games, 16.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.5 spg, 42% FG, 37% 3, 79% FT.

Dorell went from being a prospect in Miami in previous years to one of the Warriors' best players all season, starting all 82 games.

 

D-League Call up of the Year:

Othyus Jeffers, Washington Wizards (San Antonio Spurs)

2010-11 Stats: 17 games,  5.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg.

Othyus wasn't blindingly impressive from a statistical perspective, but in the waning weeks of the season, he played some big minutes for the Wizards, and did all manner of Othyus Jeffers style things.

 

Best Use of the D-League:

Houston Rockets

Of their six players with D-League experience, five have played there this season. While Terrence Williams stint wasn't while he was a member of the Rockets, Daryl Morey once again proved his mastery of this whole general manager thing. Patrick Patterson's stint was mocked at first, but it helped him get enough playing time to be a contributor throughout the season. Marcus Cousin was a particular stroke of greatness. The former Jazz and Toros center was signed by the Rockets, then immediately sent down to RGV. Few NBA teams, if any, would make such a move only to strengthen the chances of their D-League affiliate. The Rockets and Vipers are everything that is good about the D-League.

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