Bakersfield J. - Santa Cruz W. 102-95 The Bakersfield Jam improved to 3-1 on the season with a 102-95 win over the Santa Cruz Warriors. John Jenkins (6'4''-G-91, college: Vanderbilt) and Mike Scott (6'8''-F-88, college: Virginia) were assigned to Bakersfield on Saturday which gave them about a day to get acclimated with the team before Monday's game. Both players spent the first half feeling their way through it. Neither was overly impressive defensively but both did have their moments. Jenkins caught fire in the second half and finished with a game-high 22 points on 8-13 shooting. He is 1-2 from beyond-the-arc and hit all five of his free throw attempts. Jenkins also finished with three rebounds, three assists, two steals and two turnovers in 29 minutes of playing time. Scott struggled to find a rhythm at either end of the floor but came up with a pair of key steals in the fourth quarter. He finished with seven points on 3-8 shooting. Scott pulled in two rebounds and had two steals to go along with three turnovers. Two of his three field goals came on dunks. Kendall Marshall (6'4''-PG-91, college: N.Carolina) gave the Jam a trio of NBA players on assignment and helped close out the Warriors with 21 points and eight assists. Renaldo Major added 12 points and four blocked shots while Brian Butch finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Former University of Georgia standout Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90, college: Georgia) led Santa Cruz with 21 points and 14 boards. Bakersfield wins despite being out rebounded by a 54-38 margin. The Warriors out shot the Jam 44 percent to 41 percent but committed 30 turnovers in the game. The Jam are back in action Tuesday night when they take on the Los Angeles Defenders. Tip off is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET. Courtesy of: peachtreehoops.com
Reno B. - Santa Cruz W. 79-95 The Santa Cruz Warriors beat the Reno Bighorns 95-79 Sunday afternoon, sweeping the Bighorns in the first two games of their seven game road trip. Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-PG-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Missouri), the 6'1" guard and reigning D-League Defensive Player of the Year, logged a game-high 25 points and 4 assists in 34 minutes played. Hannah was one of four Santa Cruz Warriors who scored in double figures. Travis Leslie was another standout, with 17 points and 9 rebounds in 31 minutes played. Mickell Gladness had a game-high 13 boards, while Jeremy Tyler, on assignment from the Golden State Warriors, led the team with a +/- rating of +23 (meaning the Santa Cruz Warriors outscored the Reno Bighorns by 23 points when he was on the floor). The Santa Cruz Warriors outrebounded the Reno Bighorns 57-46. Much like Friday night, the Santa Cruz Warriors were led by their stout defensive play. The Warriors blocked 11 shots and held the Bighorns to 29.4% shooting from the field. The Bighorns had three players in double figures - Tony Wroten (6'5''-G-93, college: Washington), on assignment from the Memphis Grizzlies, Marcus Landry and Darnell Jackson. After a tight first quarter, the Santa Cruz Warriors led for the remainder of the game. A 22-point lead in the third quarter was whittled down to as little as six with 10:02 left in the fourth, but the Santa Cruz Warriors ended the game on a 20-10 run, led by Stef Hannah with 12 points. The Santa Cruz Warriors will be back in action tomorrow against the Bakersfield Jam at 7:00 p.m. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Austin T. - Idaho S. 97-82 Aided by two members of the San Antonio Spurs, the Austin Toros jumped out to an early lead and never lost it Sunday as they rolled over the Idaho Stampede 97-82 for their second straight victory. Nando De Colo (6'5''-SG-87) was assigned to the Toros (2-2) by the Spurs on Sunday and played 38 minutes in the game. He finished with 14 points. Cory Joseph, also send to Austin by San Antonio, chipped in with 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. 'Yesterday they told me to come down here just to play, take some shots and find some wisdom,' De Colo said. 'It's OK. We have two days off, so it's just to play a little bit.' De Colo said the Spurs told him he will rejoin the team at practice Monday. Idaho (0-4) trailed by 15 in the first half but cut the margin to 50-46 at halftime. Austin then came out and dominated the third quarter to keep a comfortable margin. 'I thought Rick Jackson (6'9''-F-89, college: Syracuse) played really well tonight,' coach Taylor Stevens said. 'His impact around the rim and in the paint was big. He's really coming along, and bigs that get double-doubles in this league really stand out.' Jackson shot a perfect 9 for 9 from the field and finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. He was able to find space inside all game and had several dunks. 'I think we did a good job as far as pick and roll and getting to the basket,' Jackson said. 'I was able to get into the lane and get my layups, and once we started helping each other, good things happened.' The Stampede cut the lead to eight with three minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Toros then came out of a timeout with Joseph finding Jackson inside for a dunk, and they extended the lead from there. Idaho's Sean Evans (6'8''-F-88, college: St.John's) led all scorers with 26 points to go with nine rebounds. The Toros and Stampede will play twice more in Boise, Idaho, on Friday and Saturday. Courtesy of: statesman.com
Springfield A. - Los Angeles D. 98-89 The Springfield Armor, presented by MGM Springfield, defeated the Los Angeles D-Fenders 98-89 today at the MassMutual Center. The Armor improve to 2-1 with the victory, while the D-Fenders suffered their first loss of the season and drop to 2-1. Springfield used strong efforts on the glass and on the defensive end to shake Los Angeles. The Armor held the D-Fenders to 36% shooting (32-89) after Los Angeles had connected on 48% in its previous two games combined. Springfield also established a new franchise record with 63 rebounds (23 on the offensive end) and out-rebounded the D-Fenders 63-43 on the day. Armor forward Shawn Taggart (6'10''-F-85, college: Memphis) came off the bench to lead the way with 21 points (13-16 FT) and Cliff Tucker (6'6''-G/F, college: Maryland) tallied his first double-double of the season (12 points, 11 rebounds). James Mays posted his third double-double in as many games with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Carleton Scott contributed 8 points and 10 rebounds and Chas McFarland added 10 points in the victory. D-Fenders' guard Courtney Fortson (5'11''-PG-88, college: Arkansas) led all scorers with 26 points, Orien Greene added 18 points and 6 steals, Jarrid Famous scored 14 points, Los Angeles Lakers' assignee Darius Johnson-Odom recorded11 points and 7 assists and Jamario Moon and Gary Flowers each contributed 10 points to round out the double digit scorers. The Armor return to action on Friday evening when they host the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at 7:00 pm at the MassMutual Center. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Maine RC - Sioux Falls S. 87-98 he words tasted like vinegar coming out of Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88, college: Dayton) 's mouth. "We just got outworked," he said. "We really, really got outworked. I don't know what else to say." That about summed up the Maine Red Claws' 98-87 loss to the Sioux Falls Skyforce Sunday afternoon at the Portland Expo. A back-and-forth game through three quarters fell apart for the Red Claws. They were not only outscored 29-18 in the quarter, but also out-rebounded 16-8. Hard to believe that the Red Claws actually had a 26-18 edge on the boards at halftime. "We were a little bit disappointed the way we played in the second half," Maine Coach Mike Taylor said. "There were a lot of good things going on in the first half. I think our energy level let us down." Micah Downs (6'8''-G/F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) again led Maine in scoring with 19 points. Wright combined 17 points with 12 rebounds. Shelvin Mack had 15 points and six assists. Forward Kris Joseph, fresh from his two-game stint with the Celtics, scored 14. Backup center/forward Chris Ayer added 10. Throughout the first half, there were 13 lead changes and four ties, as Maine led 54-51. In the third quarter, Maine jumped ahead 66-57 after a thunderous dunk by the 6-foot-7 Joseph over 7-foot-5 Sioux Falls center Will Foster. But the Skyforce tied the game 69-69 at the end of the quarter, and took over in the fourth. "Our guys did not maintain the tempo we needed to stay successful," Taylor said. "I don't know if our guys were tired. I don't know what the situation was. "But we didn't have the right energy level on the defensive end. And we were outworked on the boards." One problem for Maine was 7-foot center Fab Melo again getting into foul trouble. He picked up his fourth foul with 10:12 left in the third quarter. Before he could be subbed out, Melo picked up his fifth foul 18 seconds later. He sat for the next 13 minutes, eventually finishing with four points and nine rebounds. "You try to defend and you try to play hard. And they call fouls," Melo said. "You just have to play with it. Leading the Skyforce charge was 6-foot-3 guard Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston), a backup last year with the Los Angeles Lakers. Goudelock led all scorers with 24. He scored eight points in the last minute of the third quarter (a drive and two three-pointers) and nine points in the fourth. Shelvin Mack's three-pointer closed Maine to 93-87 with 1:40 left. But Sioux Falls got two free throws, and then Goudelock's three-pointer clinched it with 39 seconds left. One telling statistic was foul shooting. Sioux Falls made 22 of 29, Maine 8 of 15. The Red Claws did not drive to the basket enough to draw the fouls. "We did not establish that attacking, aggressive mentality to get to the rim," Taylor said, while also hinting that the close calls did not go his team's way (20 Maine fouls, to 14 by Sioux Falls). "The whistles were tough on us today." Courtesy of: pressherald.com
Expansion Draft scheduled for late August - 6 days ago
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Back in April, we made some predictions about what this year's D-League expansion draft might look like with three new teams in the mix (Windy City Bulls, Greensboro Swarm, Long Island Nets) for the 2016-17 season. The picture got a little bit clearer recently, as the expansion draft is scheduled for August 24, league sources tell D-League Digest. This marks the first time since 2006 the D-League has had three or more teams take part in a single expansion draft. With a number of teams joi... [read more]
Back in April, we made some predictions about what this year's D-League expansion draft might look like with three new teams in the mix (Windy City Bulls, Greensboro Swarm, Long Island Nets) for the 2016-17 season. The picture got a little bit clearer recently, as the expansion draft is scheduled for August 24, league sources tell D-League Digest. This marks the first time since 2006 the D-League has had three or more teams take part in a single expansion draft. With a number of teams joining at once, the league has made a few modifications to the expansion process. According to multiple sources, the draft will be serpentine in form (draft order will reverse each round), with teams making 12 selections each. This number is down from previous seasons when new teams would select 16 players. The draft order has yet to be determined. Existing D-League teams will only be able to protect 10 players apiece. This number is also down from previous years when teams could protect up to 12 players. The order of selections in the first round will be inverted for the D-League Draft scheduled to take place in the fall. For example, if the order for the first round of the expansion draft is Windy City, Greensboro and Long Island, then Long Island would select first among the expansion teams at the D-League Draft. As usual, expansion teams will be slotted in between non-playoff and playoff teams. Those selections will be the 12th, 13th, and 14th selections overall. When a player misses two consecutive D-League seasons, his player rights are no longer held by the last team they've played for. When a player is selected in the expansion draft however, the expansion team holds that player's rights for at least two seasons, regardless if they've missed a season already. Though the expansion draft is the first step to establishing a roster for these new teams, don't expect these pending selections to hit the court anytime soon. In last year's expansion draft, out of the 16 players selected by the Raptors 905, only one suited up for them (Scott Suggs (6'6''-F/G-89, college: Washington)). What's next after the expansion draft? Many teams will begin scheduling open tryouts shortly thereafter as teams begin the process of establishing and building their rosters in preparation of the regular season tipping off in November once again. Courtesy of: dleaguedigest.com
D-League Increases Salaries For 16-17 Season - 9 days ago
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For the past couple seasons the salary structure in place for the D-League has consisted of tiers. There were three tiers of salaries: $13,000 (C), $19,000 (B) and $25,500 (A) and each team had a salary cap of $173,000 on top of that. For the 16-17 D-League season, there will only be two tiers for salaries as the 'C has been eliminated. The new salary levels will be $19,500 (B-Level) and $26,000 (A-Level) and the salary cap will rise to $209,000 [read more]
For the past couple seasons the salary structure in place for the D-League has consisted of tiers. There were three tiers of salaries: $13,000 (C), $19,000 (B) and $25,500 (A) and each team had a salary cap of $173,000 on top of that. For the 16-17 D-League season, there will only be two tiers for salaries as the 'C' has been eliminated. The new salary levels will be $19,500 (B-Level) and $26,000 (A-Level) and the salary cap will rise to $209,000. Adam Silver and D-League commissioner Malcolm Turner have been working in conjunction to build the league to 30 teams and when that point comes, there is a belief that salaries could be tripled to remain competitive. D-League call ups made nearly $5 million in salary last season so the chance for a payoff is present. Courtesy of: realgm.com
Coach Noel Gillespie agreed terms with Greensboro Swarm - 10 days ago
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Greensboro Swarm hired coach Noel Gillespie from Denver Nuggets in the NBA. The specialist worked as assistant coach with the Nuggets. Gillespie served as part-time advance scout under Todd Quinter for two seasons prior to being named the team's advance scout in 2008. Gillespie has served as an assistant coach for the Suns' Las Vegas Summer League squad from 2006-2010. He began his career as the video coordinator for the Suns and the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury. By Eurobasket Data Center Che... [read more]
Greensboro Swarm hired coach Noel Gillespie from Denver Nuggets in the NBA. The specialist worked as assistant coach with the Nuggets. Gillespie served as part-time advance scout under Todd Quinter for two seasons prior to being named the team's advance scout in 2008. Gillespie has served as an assistant coach for the Suns' Las Vegas Summer League squad from 2006-2010. He began his career as the video coordinator for the Suns and the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury.
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