Prospects from around the country will become one step closer to their NBA dream. When the D-League Draft takes place on November 2nd, teams will look to establish a foundation for success as they embark upon the 2012-13 season. The draft will allocate over 160 eager and talented players to teams across the league.
The NBA D-League has decided to mix things up a bit for this year's draft. The league implemented a new formula in creating the draft order. It allows the teams outside of the playoffs from last season to draft according to their win/loss record in reverse order. Teams that made the playoffs will follow, and once again be slotted in reverse order of how they finished in terms of their record. Here is the order in which the teams will draft.
1. Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2. Sioux Falls Skyforce
3. Idaho Stampede
4. Maine Red Claws
5. Reno Bighorns
6. Tulsa 66ers
7. Rio Grande Valley Vipers
8. Texas Legends
9. Iowa Energy
10. Canton Charge
11. Bakersfield Jam
12. Erie BayHawks
13. Santa Cruz Warriors
14. Springfield Armor
15. Austin Toros
16. Los Angeles D-Fenders
Below is a brief breakdown of each team's highlighted draft selection from a season ago in order of how they will draft November 2nd.
1. Fort Wayne Mad Ants (14-36)
Last season's notable draftee - Cameron Jones
Their 1st overall selection, Jones averaged 14.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.9 assists. Jones was selected to the D-League's Shooting Stars competition during All-Star weekend. He also earned First Team honors for the D-League's All-Rookie Team.
2. Sioux Falls Skyforce (15-35)
Last season's notable draftee - Gabe Pruitt
While 2nd overall pick Casey Mitchell led the Skyforce in scoring last season, he wound up bolting for Europe by the end of January. 1st round selection Gabe Pruitt, the former USC Trojan, finished with averages of 10.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists. Pruitt's best statistical performance came in a loss to the Austin Toros, where he finished with 28 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds.
3. Idaho Stampede (21-29)
Last season's notable draftee - Eric Devendorf
Devendorf played in 13 games for the Stampede and averaged 8.9 points and 1.6 rebounds. Devendorf would later be traded to Reno, however, in his best game as a member of the Stampede, he finished with 18 points, on 7 for 13 shooting in a loss to Iowa.
4. Maine Red Claws (21-29)
Last season's notable draftee - Chris Wright
Wright, the Red Claws' 1st round selection, earned a Call-Up to the Golden State Warriors after just four games with the club. He averaged 17.0 points and 10.8 rebounds. Wright would later get assigned to the Dakota Wizards twice and concluded the season with the club. In the playoffs for the Wizards, Wright averaged 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds.
5. Reno Bighorns (21-29)
Last season's notable draftee - Cedric Bozeman
Bozeman landed with the Bighorns in the 2nd round, but was actually still the team's first selection. Bozeman compiled averages of 12.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists for the Bighorns. Bozeman would wind up as a member of the Red Claws to finish the season, however, his best performance came in a win against the Texas Legends where he scored 24 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 8 assists.
6. Tulsa 66ers (23-27)
Last season's notable draftee - Dwight Buycks
Buycks, who landed on the D-League's All-Rookie First Team squad, averaged 15.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists last season. He notched two 30-point efforts for the 66ers and finished fourth on the team in overall scoring average.
7. Rio Grande Valley Vipers (24-26)
Last season's notable draftee - Tyren Johnson
The Vipers 1st selection in the draft, Johnson played in 44 games amassing averages of 11.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. Johnson's best game came in the season finale against Reno, where he poured in 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a shootout that helped RGV achieve a 144-140 victory.
8. Texas Legends (24-26)
Last season's notable draftee - Alando Tucker
Tucker, who jetted for Spain shortly after getting drafted would return with the Legends to play in 23 games and average 30.1 minutes. The guard went on to average 14.5 points, 3.6 rebound and 1.7 assists. He was the 1st overall selection for the Legends in last season's draft, and the 2nd overall pick of the entire draft.
9. Iowa Energy (25-25)
Last season's notable draftee - Jarrid Famous
The Energy picked Famous in the 3rd round, and even though he only stuck around for 8 games with the club, his 33 point, 15 rebound effort in the third game of the season is worth mentioning. It is also worthy to note that the Energy's 1st selection, Brandon Ewing, played in 37 games and averaged 7.6 points and 4.7 assists per game.
10. Canton Charge (27-23)
Last season's notable draftee - Tyrell Biggs
Biggs earned an invite to Cleveland Cavaliers training camp after averaging 21.3 points on .531 shooting, along with 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 steal prior to his invite. He would then finish the regular season averaging 12.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game after his training camp audition. Biggs was also selected to the All-Star game representing the East.
11. Bakersfield Jam (28-22)
Last season's notable draftee - Edwin Ubiles
The Jam selected Ubiles with the 6th overall pick in the draft, however, traded him to the Dakota Wizards in a deal that landed them Renaldo Major and Osiris Eldridge. Major would go on to finish as the Jam's second overall scorer for the season, averaging 15.2 points in 42 total games. Ubiles went on to receive First Team All D-League honors while Major was an Honorable Mention.
12. Erie BayHawks (28-22)
Last season's notable draftee - Chris Daniels
Daniels was selected 9th overall by the BayHawks, but only played in a total of 14 games for the club. The 7-footer averaged 16.8 points and 8.6 rebounds during his time with Erie and even posted a 32 point effort in a loss to the D-Fenders. The BayHawks also drafted Mychel Thompson in the 3rd round of last season's draft.
13. Santa Cruz Warriors (29-21)
Last season's notable draftee - Osiris Eldridge
*See Bakersfield Jam*
14. Springfield Armor (29-21)
Last season's notable draftee - Dennis Horner
In the regular season for the Armor, Horner averaged 17.0 points and 8.5 rebounds. In Springfield's only playoff victory, Horner contributed 29 points and grabbed 11 boards against the Canton Charge.
15. Austin Toros (33-17)
Last season's notable draftee -
Thompson was the NBA D-League reigning champion Toros 1st selection. However, Thompson only played in 13 games for the Toros and averaged 8.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.
16. Los Angeles D-Fenders (38-12)
Last season's notable draftee - Jamaal Tinsley
The first overall pick of the entire draft last season allowed the D-Fenders to select Tinsley. In only 8 games for the D-Fenders, Tinsley averaged 9.9 points, 7.6 assists, and 3.1 rebounds, his play ultimately landed him back in The Association with the Utah Jazz, where he still remains. Also, the D-Fenders snatched up Courtney Fortson in the 5th round as the 64th overall pick in the draft. Fortson received two different Call-Ups, one with the L.A. Clippers on a 10-day contract, and later with the Houston Rockets whom he finished the season with.