All season long, a variety of aspiring NBA athletes and some of most promising prospects the basketball world has to offer have been found strutting their stuff in the NBA D-League.
As some of the better talents continue to do their part in hopes that NBA executives take notice soon enough for them to eventually garner those coveted call-ups, a select few of the NBADL's best received confirmation that they've so far been doing something right this season. On Monday afternoon, the D-League unveiled the members of both its squads for the upcoming 2013 NBADL All-Star Game in Houston later this month.
Both teams are filled with a bevy of special players. With each squad complete with talents ranging from those who are on assignment from NBA teams, to those who have become undoubtedly crucial to their respective teams' success, and finallt to those who have just been putting up dominant efforts all season long, there's undeniably an immense amount of talent on both teams.
RidiculousUpside.com will have readers covered with further breakdowns of the big game and its participants as the weekend grows nearer. To kick things off, be sure to check back later on for our take on some of the contest's most notable snubs.
For now, though, without further adieu, here is more information (complete with both rosters) on the 2013 NBA D-League All-Star Game, directly from league officials:
Twenty of the NBA Development League's top prospects, including 14 who have NBA experience, have been selected to play in the seventh annual NBA D-League All-Star Game on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Sprint Arena at NBA All-Star Jam Session at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center. The game will air live on NBA TV at 3 p.m. ET.
Chosen to the NBA D-League All-Star Futures Team are Arinze Onuaku of the Canton Charge; Ron Howard of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants; Courtney Fortson of the Los Angeles D-Fenders; Micah Downs, Shelvin Mack (currently a member of the Philadelphia 76ers), DaJuan Summers and Chris Wright of the Maine Red Claws; Jerome Jordan and Marcus Landry of the Reno Bighorns; and Tulsa 66er Jeremy Lamb on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder. The team will be led by Red Claws head coach Mike Taylor and his staff, who earned the trip to Houston by virtue of a 17-10 record and winning a head-to-head tiebreaker with Alex Jensen and the staff of the Charge, who had the same record through games of Jan. 27, for the League's second-best winning percentage
Selected to the NBA D-League All-Star Prospects Team, which is hosting the game, are Cory Joseph, on assignment from the San Antonio Spurs to the Austin Toros; Damion James and Jerel McNeal of the Bakersfield Jam; D.J. Kennedy and Henry Sims of the Erie BayHawks; James Mays of the Springfield Armor; Demetris Nichols of the Sioux Falls Skyforce; and Andrew Goudelock, Terrence Jones, on assignment from the Houston Rockets, and Tim Ohlbrecht of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Bakersfield head coach Will Voigt and his staff will helm the team based on having had the highest winning percentage with a 17-8 record in games played through Jan. 27.
"It's exciting to host 20 of the NBA's top young prospects as NBA D-League All-Stars in Houston," said Dan Reed, NBA D-League President. "The NBA D-League All-Star Game not only allows fans to watch future NBA players playing in a family friendly, fun atmosphere at NBA All-Star Jam Session, but it is an opportunity for these talented players to showcase their skills on basketball's biggest stage during NBA All-Star festivities."
The field of 20 players was selected by a vote of the NBA D-League's 16 head coaches and was broken into two teams by League officials. Players were eligible to be selected based on having played in half of their team's games through Jan. 27. Each player must be on an active NBA D-League roster at the time of the NBA D-League All-Star Game in order to compete.