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Down Go the D-Leaguers

Today was the day where the majority of the teams cut their teams down to the 15 man roster maximum.  Though Monday is the official day to get the roster down to 15, teams made their cuts today so that players could clear waivers, which takes 48 hours, and they wouldn't have to pay the players for being on their roster past the deadline.

 

Of players that weren't assigned to D-League teams last year, but rather got called up or were signed after the year, only 6 are still on a team after the majority of teams made their cuts today.  These six have presumably made the team, as their team's roster stands at no more than 15 players.

These players include:

  • Jeremy Richardson (Orlando Magic) - A standout in the D-League the last few years, last year with Fort Wayne before getting called up.  This year he'll get the chance to start the season on an NBA roster, as he is currently on Orlando's roster.  This however could change, as he seems the most likely to be released if the Magic are able to find a third point guard.
  • C.J. Watson (Golden State Warriors) - Started the year out with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers before being the 100th Call-Up in D-League history.  Rumblings are that he could be the opening day starter for the Warriors, as Monta Ellis is out for awhile and Marcus Williams (UConn) isn't good.
  • Mike Taylor (Los Angeles Clippers) - The first player to be drafted in the NBA, by the Clippers, from a D-League team.
  • Desmon Farmer (San Antonio Spurs) - Joined Rio Grande Valley midseason.  He should stick in the NBA, as he can definitely play.
  • Dahntay Jones (Denver Nuggets) - Signed with Fort Wayne for the end of the season after being cut by Sacramento in the Mike Bibby trade.
  • Anthony Tolliver (San Antonio Spurs) - Started in Iowa last season before leaving midway through the season to head overseas.
Continue on to take a look at players in the D-League last year that didn't make it onto a guaranteed roster sorted by their D-League team. I'm looking forward to Matt's take on how big of a mistake it was to cut some of these guys.

Idaho Stampede

Brent Petway (Memphis), Jamaal Tatum (1st round pick, never played) (Portland), Lance Allred (Cleveland), Luke Jackson (Portland)

Sioux Falls Skyforce

Anytwane Robinson (Philadelphia), Chris Alexander (Oklahoma City), Bobby Jones (Sacramento)

Iowa Energy

Courtney Sims (New Orleans), Daryl Watkins (San Antonio), Dwayne Mitchell (LA Lakers)

Austin Toros

Darius Washington (Chicago), Marcus Williams (Charlotte), DerMarr Johnson (Washington)

Dakota Wizards

Blake Ahearn (Minnesota), Dontell Jefferson (LA Clippers), Kevin Lyde (Utah)

Tulsa 66ers

Ronald Dupree (Cleveland), Nick Fazekas (Denver), David Noel (LA Clippers)

Utah Flash

Britton Johnson (Utah), Kevin Kruger (Milwaukee), Brian Hamilton (New Jersey)

Albuquerque Thunderbirds

Cory Underwood (Philadelphia), Cheyne Gadson (Dallas), Julius Hodge (New Jersey)

Bakersfield Jam

Mateen Cleaves (Denver), Trey Johnson (Phoenix)

Anaheim Arsenal

Marcus Campbell (Houston), Noel Felix (Sacramento)

Colorado 14ers

Elton Brown (Chicago), Eddie Gill (New Jersey)

Los Angeles D-Fenders

Devin Green (San Antonio)

Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Ron Howard (Milwaukee)