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NBA D-League Reveals Selections For The 2016 All-Star Game

The NBA D-League announced its 2016 all-star game rosters.

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The NBA D-League revealed its selections for the 2015-16 minor league all-star game to be played in Toronto next month. The rosters are as follows:

EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS

Player (Team)                         Pos.    Ht.     Wt.     Birthdate       College/Country

Keith Appling (Erie)*                                  G        6-1     190                 2/13/1992           Michigan State/USA

Lorenzo Brown (Grand Rapids)                   G        6-5     189                 8/26/1990           North Carolina St./USA

Rakeem Christmas (Fort Wayne)*    C        6-10   239     12/1/1991       Syracuse/USA

Jimmer Fredette (Westchester)                     G        6-2     195                 2/25/1989           Brigham Young/USA

Tre Kelley (Sioux Falls)                               G        6-0     187                 1/23/1985           South Carolina/USA

Sean Kilpatrick (Delaware)*                        G        6-4     219                 1/6/1990             Cincinnati/USA

DeAndre Liggins (Sioux Falls)                     F         6-6     204                 3/31/1988           Kentucky/USA

Jordan McRae (Delaware)*                         G        6-5     179                 3/28/1991           Tennessee/USA

Jordan Mickey (Maine)*                              F         6-8     235                 7/9/1994             Louisiana State/USA

Ronald Roberts Jr. (Raptors)                        F         6-8     225                 8/5/1991             St. Josephs/USA

Alex Stepheson (Iowa)                                C        6-10   249                 8/7/1987             Southern California/USA

Jarnell Stokes (Sioux Falls)*                        F         6-7     250                 1/7/1994             Tennessee/USA

Head Coach: Ken McDonald (Austin)                      

Assistant Coaches: AJ Diggs (Austin), Patrick Mutombo (Austin)        

Athletic Trainers: Keith Abrams (Austin)

WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS

Player (Team)                         Pos.    Ht.     Wt.     Birthdate       College/Country

Brandon Ashley (Texas)                              F         6-8     228                 7/15/1994           Arizona/USA

Jeff Ayres (Idaho)*                       C        6-10   240                 4/29/1987           Arizona State/USA

Vander Blue (Los Angeles)                          G        6-4     200                 7/22/1992           Marquette/USA

Will Cummings (Rio Grande Valley)           G        6-2     185                 10/7/1992           Temple/USA

Micheal Eric (Texas)                        C        6-10   240                 6/24/1988           Temple/USA

Erick Green (Reno)*                        G        6-3     178                 8/5/1994             Virginia Tech/USA

Justin Harper (Los Angeles)                         F         6-10   225                 8/30/1989           Richmond/USA

Vincent Hunter (Reno)                                F         6-8     208                 5/9/1991             Texas-El Paso/USA

Orlando Johnson (Austin)                            G        6-5     220                 3/11/1989           UC Santa Barbara/USA

Xavier Munford (Bakersfield)                     G        6-5     180                 6/1/1992             Rhode Island/USA

Raphiael Putney (Rio Grande Valley)         F         6-10   185                 4/21/1990           Massachusetts/USA

Elliot Williams (Santa Cruz)                         G        6-5     183                 6/20/1989           Memphis/USA

Head Coach: Dan Craig (Sioux Falls)

Assistant Coaches: Octavio De La Grana (Sioux Falls), Corey Belser (Sioux Falls)

Athletic Trainer: Dustin Schramm (Sioux Falls)

* - Indicates a player currently in the NBA

These rosters, not only obviously feature a handful of frequent NBA assignees, but also prospects who have since moved on to sign big league contracts, and therefore may be otherwise preoccupied and unable to participate. Additional all-star replacement-decisions will be announced by the league at a later time, depending on how things play out and which players may or may not become available.

And while it's nice to see NBA assignment players be rewarded and recognized for their respective efforts, big league teams may not want such youngsters to risk injury. It's, nevertheless, a nice honor, however. One should expect most assignees to take part in the game. In the cases of Green, Ayers, Brown, Kilpatrick, and McRae, that'll all depend on their respective statuses with NBA teams when the time comes.