NBA D-League 1st Round Review

TOTALLY THOUGHT IT STARTED AT 8EST. My bad, D-League! My bad!

So far we’ve got:

1.T-Birds: Powell. BPA. Great scoring ability, relentless, polished. That this guy hasn’t been called up yet is a nightmare.

2. Eerie Bayhawks: Donnell Taylor

3. LA D-Fenders: Deron Washington. Went to camp with the Pistons. Great speed, good handle, great pick for the system the D-Fenders run. Guards excel there.

4. Bakersfield Jam: Amara Sy. French. I have no idea. I won’t call it a bust, but there are known talents available that were taken after.

5. Utah Flash : Garret Siler. Made camp with the Hawks. Obviously he and his agent think he’s close enough to be a candidate for call-up. Great fit for the D-League.

6. Austin Toros: Alonzo Gee. Quin Snyder ain’t no fool, that system’s got too man resources. Expect to be impressed with his play in the D.

7. Reno Bighorns: Desmon Farmer. Scoring, speed, handle, and a much improved ability to run an offense. Defense still and will probably always need work. But a fantastic pick. Reno’s got a guy that can run the floor.

8. Maine Red Claws: Paul Harris. I got nothin’. I do what I can, but I got nothin’.

9. Iowa Energy: Rashad Anderson. Draft pick prospect in 06. Iowa won their division last year. I think the realignment really helped them. We’ll see if they can repeat.

10. NIGHTMARE ANT: Alade Aminu. Thought this guy would be the steal of the draft. Made it deep with the Heat. 6-10, 208, athletic, high motor, killer upside. This guy could be a call-up. If he’s not, the Mad Ants are going to have a dominant forward. Expect a ton of double doubles for this guy.

UPDATE: Bayhawks Tweeter chimes in to let us know they’v traded Rob Kurz for Aminu. Kurz is a better veteran, so it looks like Nightmare Ant wants to win this year.

11. Dakota Wizards: Curtis Withers. Has some experience in Europe, played ball in Charlotte. Dakota’s going to have killer depth, which is key in the D-League with all the call-ups and departures.

12. Rio Grande Valley Vipers: Antonio Anderson. One of the Memphis crew that, you know, didn’t make the championship game as far as the books are concerned. But Anderson has a ton of size as a guard at 6-6. I told Sham Sports on Twitter, between Marcus Williams in Austin and Anderson in RGV, when they play each other there’s going to be a ton of size in the backcourts.

13. Sioux Falls Skyforce: Raymond Sykes. You know. Of the Hampton’ Sykes. No relation to Wanda. I think.

14. Springfield Armor: JamesOn Curry. JAMESON’S BACK, BABY! So excited he’s back. He’s my favorite near-NBA-but-not-really guy in the D-League. A solid pick for the Armor to start with.

15. Idaho Stampede: Sundiata Gaines. Not a topical cream. That I know of.

16. Tulsa 66ers: Latavious Williams. Spent a year in China, comes to the D-League straight out of High School. The fact that he was drafted by the 66ers, owned by the Thunder, is telling. This is the first real step towards a true development minor league path for undrafted high school players.

Check out the rest of the draft here. Leave any info  you have on the draftees in the comments.

Matt Moore

Matt Moore is a Senior NBA Blogger for CBSSports.com's Eye on Basketball blog, weekend editor of Pro Basketball Talk on NBCSports.com, and co-editor of Voice on the Floor. He lives in Kansas City due to an unbelievably complex set of circumstances and enjoys mid-90's pop rock, long walks on the beach and the novels of Tim Sandlin.