NBA D-League Prepares for 2010 Draft

Mikki Moore was the frst overall selection in the 2002 D-League Draft (Photo by Barty Young, Getty Images).
 
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Draft Occurring via Teleconference on November 1st

Final preparations are now underway for the 2010 Draft of the NBA Development League, which will be held via teleconference from NBA Headquarters in New York on Monday, November 1st. The Reno Bighorns will receive the first overall selection in the upcoming draft after winning the lottery at the annual coaches meeting that was held last month in Dallas.

"The lottery is always an exciting time because it signals the tip off a new NBA D-League season,” said Chris Alpert, D-League Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel. “With the draft order in place, teams are one step closer to determining their opening day rosters for the 2010-11 season."

All 16 member clubs of the D-League will participate in the draft, which will get started at 7:00 p.m. on the 1st, and eight rounds will be held. The order will switch in opposite rounds, with the draft being conducted in a snake format.

A couple of the more notable first round selections in previous D-League Drafts include current Denver Nugget forward Chris “Birdman” Andersen and NBA free agent Mikki Moore.

Andersen was the first overall pick in the inaugural D-League Draft in 2001, when the Fayetteville Patriots decided to take the former Iola standout. He lasted just three games in Fayetteville before the Nuggets made him the first player in D-League history to make the jump to the NBA. He has since played in 405 total games in the NBA with both Denver and the New Orleans Hornets. He has also competed in a pair of NBA Slam Dunk Contests, including a second place finish in 2004.

Moore had four seasons with the Detroit Pistons on his resume before the Roanoke Dazzle made him the first overall selection in the 2002 D-League Draft. He had a couple of call-ups during that year, including short stints with the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks, but the former Nebraska standout spent the majority of the season in Roanoke. His average line of 16.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks were good enough for him to receive D-League Defensive Player of the Year and All-League honors. Moore has since played for seven different NBA franchises over the past seven seasons, enjoying his best year with the New Jersey Nets during the 2006-07 season when he averaged 9.8 points and 5.1 boards a contest.

D-League Draft Order (1st Round):
1. Reno Bighorns
2. New Mexico Thunderbirds
3. Maine Red Claws
4. Texas Legends
5. Springfield Armor
6. Iowa Energy
7. Rio Grande Valley Vipers
8. Utah Flash
9. Dakota Wizards
10. Fort Wayne Mad Ants
11. Sioux Falls Skyforce
12. Bakersfield Jam
13. Tulsa 66ers
14. Austin Toros
15. Erie BayHawks
16. Idaho Stampede



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