D-League: HoopsHabit Broadens Coverage


The National Basketball Development League, or “D-League,” is the NBA’s official minor league — it was founded in 2001. Similar to the players that make up the D-League; the NBDL is also a project undergoing development. The season runs from late November to early April, including the postseason. Dating back to the end of last season, 27 percent of players in the NBA have D-League experience, the league also develops coaches, referees and front-office staff for the big show. It’s very much beneficial to the game, as well as business, of basketball in America.

The league is made up of 17 teams: the Austin Toros, Bakersfield Jam, Canton Charge, Erie BayHawks, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Idaho Stampede, Iowa Energy, Los Angeles D-Fenders, Maine Red Claws, Reno Bighorns, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Sioux Falls Skyforce, Santa Cruz Warriors, Springfield Armor, Texas Legends, Tulsa 66ers and Delaware 87ers

During the summer I reached out to Kevin Dana, a broadcaster for the Santa Cruz Warriors — Golden State’s D-League affiliate to learn a little more; here’s what he had to say.

“It’s (D-League) entering its 13th season, and I think maybe its 8th completely under the NBA umbrella. It’s young. The league started out as 8 teams, all in the Southeast region of the United States and was completely a bus league, from what I’ve been told. It then shrunk to 6 before expanding and eventually leaving the Southeast altogether. So in the last nine seasons including this one, the D-League has gone from 6 to 17 teams; the league has indeed been expanding (albeit many of those teams were former CBA franchises and just jumped ship when the CBA imploded, but still) at a pretty good rate, and that’s with a few teams folding along the way (Arkansas RimRockers, Utah Flash (now the Delaware 87ers), and Florida Flame, for example). And the 30-for-30 model isn’t just some pie-in-the-sky idea; Orlando has come out and said they want a D-League team; I’ve heard the Nuggets are potentially interested; and there was an article in the Salt Lake Tribune not too far back about the Jazz wanting to put a D-League team in St. George.”

Here’s the list of teams, their affiliates and available training camp rosters — the season begins Friday, Nov. 22.

Austin Toros: San Antonio Spurs

Head Coach – Ken McDonald

  • Cameron Bennerman – G
  • Courney Fells – G
  • Greg Gantt – G
  • Myck Kabongo – G
  • Tre Kelley – G
  • Ronald Murray – G
  • Jonathan Simmons – G
  • Michael Sturns – G
  • Terrance Woodbury – G, F
  • Keith Chamberlain – F
  • Jazwyn Cowan – F
  • Eric Dawson – F
  • Josh Howard – F
  • Kyle Hunt – F
  • Yan Moukoury – F

Notable player last season: Corey Joseph

Bakersfield Jam: (Shared Affiliate) Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz

Head Coach – Will Voigt

  • Derick Beltran – G
  • Markeith Cummings – G
  • Brandon Fortenberry – G
  • Aaron Johnson – G
  • Joshua Lowery – G
  • Akeem Scott – G
  • Carlos Strong – G
  • Billy Baptist – F
  • James Nunnally – F
  • Jordan Demercy – F
  • Dmitry Pirshin – F
  • Doug Thomas – F
  • Jeremy Williams – F
  • Brian Butch – C
  • Mac Koshwal – C
  • Augustine Okosun – C,F

Notable player last season: Damian James

Canton Charge: Cleveland Cavaliers

Head Coach: Steve Hetzel

  • Bo Spencer – G
  • Remon Nelson – G
  • Zane Johnson – G
  • Lorne Jackson – G
  • Robert Hite – G
  • Jorge Gutierrez – G
  • D’Aundray Brown – G
  • Antoine Agudio – G
  • Rashad Anderson – G, F
  • Alejo Rodriguez – F
  • Michael Lee – F
  • Kevin Jones – F
  • Travis Franklin – F
  • Shane Edwards – F
  • Gilbert Brown – F
  • Tyrell Biggs – F
  • Longar Longar – C

Notable Player last season: Jon Leuer

Erie BayHawks: New York Knicks

Head Coach: Gene Cross

  • Nick Covington – G
  • Andre Jones – G
  • Gabe Rogers – G
  • Mustafa Shakur – G (<<< Remarkable)
  • Scott Suggs – G
  • Darren White – G
  • C.J. Aiken – F
  • Doug Anderson – F
  • Justin Brownlee – F
  • Ricky Davis – F
  • Terence Jennings – F
  • C.J. Leslie – F
  • Mike Moore – F
  • Andrae Nelson – F
  • Kevin Rogers – F
  • Jeremy Tyler – C

Notable player last season: Ivan Johnson

Idaho Stampede: Portland Trailblazers (First year as a single affiliate) 

Head Coach: Michael Peck

  • Carlon Brown – G
  • Reggie Hamilton – G
  • Coby Karl – G (Last season’s NBA Coach of the Year George Karl‘s son)
  • Durrell Summers – G
  • Reggie Hearn – G
  • Steven Pledger – G
  • Dion Dixon – G
  • Justin Harper – F
  • JaJuan Johnson – F
  • Dallas Lauderdale – F (Davidson University, Stephen Curry‘s best teammate during the team’s Cinderella run through the NCAA Tournament)
  • Sean Evans – F
  • Jason Ellis – F
  • Tracy Smith – F
  • Kellen Thorton – F

Notable player last season: Nolan Smith

Iowa Energy: Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Washington Wizards

Head Coach: Nate Bjorkgren

  • Chris Allen – G
  • Patrick Christopher – G
  • Diante Garrett – G
  • Othyus Jeffers – G
  • Jeff Jones – G
  • Garland Judkins – G
  • Kalin Lucas – G
  • D.J. Smedley – G
  • Reginald Becton – F
  • Moses Ehambe – F
  • Agustus Gilchrist – F
  • Esian Henderson – F
  • Marcus Johnson – F
  • Eric Wise – F
  • Jarvis Varnado – C
  • Ben Strong – G

Los Angeles D-Fenders: Los Angeles Lakers

Head Coach: Mark Madsen (Not a typo, I repeat — not a typo)

  • Elijah Millsap – G
  • Orien Greene – G
  • Courtney Fortson – G
  • Josh Magette – G
  • Muhammad El-Amini – G
  • Maurice McNeil – F
  • Kyisean Reed – F
  • Jamario Moon – F
  • Phil Jones – F
  • Dami Sapara – F
  • Jarrid Famous – C
  • Anthony Stover – C

Notable player last season: Robert Sacre

Rio Grande Valley Vipers: Houston Rockets

Head Coach: Nevada Smith

  • B.J. Young – G
  • Gary Talton – G
  • Dwayne Lathan – G
  • Chris Johnson – G
  • Troy Daniels – G
  • Mike Black – G
  • Tony Bishop Jr. – F
  • Gary Cox – F
  • Aaron – F
  • Akeem Ellis – F
  • Jahaziel Howard – F
  • Dario Hunt – F
  • James Johnson – F
  • Brandon Moore – F
  • Kevin Parrom – F

Notable player last year: Glen Rice

Sioux Falls Skyforce: Miami Heat

Head Coach: Pat Delany

  • A.J. Davis – G
  • Joe Davis – G
  • Quincy Douby – G
  • Larry Drew II – G
  • Lewis Jackson – G
  • Grant Johnson – G
  • DeAndre Liggins – G
  • Jeffrey Remmington – G
  • Roshun Wynne Jr. – G
  • Ryan Evans – F
  • Robert Martina – F
  • Anthony Mason Jr. – F
  • Jamine Peterson – F
  • Bill Walker – F (Micheal Beasley’s teammate at Kansas State University, formerly with the Knicks)
  • Justin Hamilton – C
  • Phil Jones – C

Notable player last year: Dexter Pittman

Texas Legends: Dallas Mavericks 

Head Coach: Eduardo Najera

  • Roy Booker – G
  • Chris Douglas-Roberts – G
  • Javier Gonzalez – G
  • Terrel Harris – G
  • Mickey McConnell – G
  • Sean Singletary – G
  • Booker Woodfox – G
  • Sammy Yeager – G
  • Jeremy Atkinson – F
  • Ramon Dyer -F
  • Devin Ebanks -F
  • Travis Garrison – F
  • Adtrick McKinney – F
  • Eric Micheal – F
  • Ely Melvin – F
  • Paul Sturgess – C

Notable player last year: Rashad McCants

Springfield Armor: Brooklyn Nets

  • Lorenzo Brown – G
  • JamesOn Curry -G
  • Tyshwan Edmondson – G
  • Lance Hurdle -G
  • Justin Johnson – G
  • Tahj Tate – G
  • Adonis Thomas – G
  • L.D. Williams – G
  • Joevan Catron – F
  • Gary Forbes – F
  • Dennis Horner -F
  • Quinn McDowell – F
  • Willie Reed – F
  • Marcus Hubbard – C
  • Brian Addison – C

Notable player last year: Tyshawn Taylor

Training camp begins this week, but this is only the beginning of HoopsHabit’s (Open 24/7) coverage of the D-League. Please bear with us as we grow to become experts on the NBA’s developing minor league system, it’s only going to be more fun as time goes on.

This is the genesis of HH’s coverage of the NBADL, we’re going to learn a lot this season.

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