Casting My Vote: 2010 D-League Draft in Review (Election Day Edition)

Somewhere between The Decision and Decision 2010, a number of smaller but still important decisions were made during the 2010 NBA Development League Draft.

It’s Election Day. And regardless of whether you voted Democrat, Republican, somewhere in between or (sigh) even not at all, there’s plenty of room here for all to join in the draft review debate. As for me, I’m casting several votes today, for and against the various draft classes from yesterday’s selections. I’ll give my opinion on all 16 teams, deciding which teams made selections worthy of election and which teams need to think about their concession speeches as well as a few draft classes that are still too close to call. I’ll even throw in a few pundit-like comments for good measure.

If you’re looking for additional D-League Draft info in a more standard format, D-League writer Matthew Brennan has you covered with his 2010 D-League Draft review. And to prevent you from getting caught up in or confused by the political rhetoric, here’s a helpful guide on what my election-themed ratings mean in regards to my opinion of a team’s draft success.

Elect: Really strong draft; more than 2 impact players
Endorse: Solid draft; at least 1 or 2 impact players
Too Close to Call: Questionable draft; uncertain number of impact players
Concede: Disappointing draft; no definitive impact players

Reno Bighorns: Endorse

Name Position Height Weight College
Nick Fazekas F 6’11” 230 Nevada
Takais Brown F 6’8” 245 Georgia
James Florence G 6’1” 182 Mercer
Chavis Holmes F 6’4” 185 VMI
Daniel Horton G 6’3” 215 Michigan
Alex Smith F 6’6” 220 Augusta State
Bamba Fall C 7’1” 230 SMU
Gerard Anderson G/F 6’6” 210 Cal State-Fullerton

Politics affect draft picks as well. Fazekas may not have been the definitive best player in the draft, but he was in the running, which made him the people’s choice (and the right choice) in Reno. Fazekas starred for Nevads in college. Second-round selection, forward Takais Brown, should provide some scoring punch as well and fit in well with a team that needed some help up front heading into the draft.

New Mexico Thunderbirds: Too Close to Call

Name Position Height Weight College
Alan Anderson G/F 6’6” 220 Michigan State
Anthony Richardson F 6’8” 225 Florida State
Josh Bostic G/F 6’5” 230 Findlay
Zach Atkinson C 6’9” 220 Cal Irvine
Kashif Watson G 6’3” 185 Idaho
Dominque Coleman G 6’3” 195 Colorado
Tyler Hughes C 6’11” 240 Kansas State
Alex Zampier G 6’3” 205 Yale

Both Anderson and Richardson were players I forecast in the first round, but I was surprised to see the Thunderbirds pass over a point guard prospect like Scottie Reynolds in what is typically a guard-dominated league. Also, look out for Josh Bostic out of Division II Findlay. He could challenge Anderson for top billing on the (West) wing for the Thunderbirds before all is said and done.

Maine Red Claws: Elect

Name Position Height Weight College
Magnum Rolle C 6’11” 240 Lousiana Tech
Kenny Hayes G 6’2” 175 Miami (OH)
Chamberlain Oguchi G/F 6’6” 202 Illinois State
Lawrence Westbrook G/F 6’1” 185 Minnesota
Tajuan Porter G 5’7” 155 Oregon
James Lewis G 6’4” 200 Fresno Pacific
JaJuan Smith G 6’3” 195 Tennessee
Eugene Spates F 6’7” 220 Northeastern
Armon Bassett G 6’2” 180 Ohio

The Red Claws went big as anticipated with Magnum Rolle in round one, one of the top big-man prospects in the draft pool. They also drafted Lawrence Westbrook, who Scott Schroeder said might be this year’s Sundiata Gaines, in round three and nabbed Tajuan Porter, a sleeper pick of friend of the blog Mike Gansey, a round later. Add in JaJuan Smith and two second rounders, and the Red Claws are definitely one team that has to be pleased with their draft day campaign.

Texas Legends: Endorse

Name Position Height Weight College
Matt Rogers F 6’11” 225 SW Baptist
Antonio Daniels G 6’4” 205 Bowling Green
Justin Dentmon G 6’1” 186 Washington
Kelvin Lewis G 6’3” 202 Houston
Moussa Seck C 7’4” Senegal
Booker Woodfox G 6’1” 185 Creighton
Curtis Terry G 6’4” 200 UNLV
Reece Hampton F 6’5” 195 Adams State

Rogers is an intriguing first pick with great size. It’ll be interesting to see how he adapts to the physicality of the D-League after playing at SW Baptist. Speaking of intrigue, no candidate had a more impressive resume than Antonio Daniels. The 35-year-old NBA veteran is poised to show he’s got something left in the tank. I think he was a great pick-up in round two, especially if he can use his NBA experience to positively influence his teammates. Bonus points for choosing Booker Woodfox (for rationale, read this and then this).

Springfield Armor: Concede? Wait, no! Projected too early. On second thought, endorse.

Name Position Height Weight College
Vernon Goodridge F 6’9” 240 LaSalle
L.D. Williams G 6’4” 215 Wake Forest
Michael Washington F 6’9” 240 Arkansas
Garfield Blair G/F 6’5” 205 Stetson
Jerry Smith G 6’2” 190 Lousville
James Booyer F 6’8” 220 IUPUI
Garrison Johnson G 6’4” 180 Jackson State
Antoine Pearson G 6’2” 175 Manhattan

If any of these names wow you, then you are easily wowed. I don’t anticipate Springfield going the negative campaign rout and tossing grenades towards Maine, but I also don’t see this draft roster as a message of hope to restore the birthplace of basketball’s record to a better mark than last year’s 7-43. However, news just broke that the Armor acquired point guard Scottie Reynolds from the Tulsa 66ers in a trade that sends Springfield’s 2011 first-round pick to Tulsa. Now that’s the kind of move that can swing an election!

Iowa Energy: Elect

Name Position Height Weight College
Chris Lofton G 6’2” 195 Tennessee
Luke Zeller C 6’11” 245 Notre Dame
Kammron Taylor G 6’2” 175 Wisconsin
Michael Haynes G/F 6’7” 204 Fordham
Scott VanderMeer C 7’1” 260 Illinois-Chicago
Kendrick Price F 6’8” 230 Michigan
Bobby Maze G 6’2” 200 Tennessee
David Nurse G 6’3” Western Illinois

Even before the draft began, Iowa had one of the most talented rosters. Add Lofton, Zeller, and Taylor to the mix, and the Energy’s 10-man roster may be all but settled. Though he’s not as pass-friendly as the incumbent, Lofton and his deft shooting touch could challenge returning starter Curtis Stinson for the starting point guard spot on an Energy team that looks poised to another good season.

Rio Grande Valley Vipers: Too Close to Call

Name Position Height Weight College
*Robert Vaden G 6’5” 215 UAB
Marquis Gilstrap F 6’7” 215 Iowa State
Mouhamed Faye F 6’9” 215 SMU
Richard Roby G 6’6” 210 Colorado
Clevin Hannah G 5’11” 160 Wichita State
Isaiah Swann G 6’2” 195 Florida State
Antoine Tisby F 6’8” 235 South Carolina
David Potter G/F 6’5” 200 Clemson

The asterisk indicates that Robert Vaden was traded to the Tulsa 66ers for point guard Mustafa Shakur. The acquisition of Shakur is a move I wholeheartedly endorse, so it’s only after taking that move out of the equation that I can rule the rest of the selections too close to call. And if anyone deserves the benefit of the doubt with their policies and procedures, it’s the defending champion Vipers, who run as smooth an operation as any D-League franchise.

Utah Flash: Concede

Name Position Height Weight College
Brandon Costner F 6’9” 235 North Carolina State
Nkem Ojougboh F/C 6’9” 225 Northeastern
D’andre Bell G 6’5” 220 Georgia Tech
Darren Kent F 6’10” 240 Kansas State
Ricky Shields G 6’4” 195 Rutgers
Carlos Medlock G 6’1” 172 Michigan State
Amadou Mbodji F 6’10” 230 Jacksonville State
Kent Tuttle F 6’6” 230 BYU

With Nkem Ojougboh and Amadou Mbodji, Utah definitely won the David-Stern-should-have-to-announce-these-guys vote. Beyond that, no one stands out. Don’t expect many returning Flash players to be voted out of their positions as starters.

Dakota Wizards: Too Close to Call

Name Position Height Weight College
Chris Johnson C 6’11” 208 LSU
Brandon Johnson G 6’1” 205 San Diego
Brendan Knox C 6’10” 240 Auburn
Rico Pickett G 6’4” 190 Manhattan
Robert Diggs F 6’8” 200 Washington
Dominique Scales F 6’9” 230 East Central
Michael Gerrity G 6’1” 180 USC
Joe Darger F 6’7” 225 UNLV

Chris Johnson may need to add some weight onto his 6’11”, 208-pound frame, but he’s very quick and athletic sand gives the Wizards some much needed size and shot-blocking if not bulk inside. Whether this draft is ultimately a success depends on what comes of picks 2-8 for them. Expect a healthy, competitive training camp in Dakota.

Fort Wayne Mad Ants: Endorse

Name Position Height Weight College
Obi Muonelo G 6’5” 225 Oklahoma State
Cory Allmond G 6’2” 181 Sam Houston State
Anthony Goods G 6’3” 195 Stanford
Adam Zahn F 6’8” 235 Oregon
Shawn Hawkins F 6’6” 225 Long Beach State
Aaron Nixon G 6’2” 215 Long Beach State
Deandre Thomas F 6’8” 245 Robert Morris

In addition to adding Obi Muonelo, a hard-working shooting guard from Oklahoma State, the Mad Ants acquired Darnell Lazare from the Maine Red Claws in exchange for the their second round pick. Bonus for drafting my pick for coolest name in the draft, Anthony Goods, who comes tailor made with his own campaign slogan: He delivers the Goods. Goods is a former Bakersfield Jam (Jammer? Jammie? Jamaican?) who will compete for a roster spot in a crowded Mad Ants backcourt.

Sioux Falls Skyforce: Too Close to Call

Name Position Height Weight College
Cheikh Samb C 7’1” 245 Senegal
Sean Marshall F 6’6” 210 Boston College
Brad Byerson F 6’8” 245 Virginia Union
Keaton Grant G 6’4” 200 Purdue
Wink Adams G 6’1” 200 UNLV
Larry Darnell Cox C 6’11” 240 Mississippi Valley State
Brandon Hazzard G 6’2” 195 Troy
J.R. Inman F 6’9” 225 Rutgers

The problem isn’t that they selected Cheikh Samb with the 11th pick (I had him going eighth).  The problem is that with only two returning players and just one affiliate player headed to training camp, there’s a question about where this team’s firepower is going to come from. Maybe Sean Marshall is the answer or Brad Byerson is the answer down the road, but I’m not totally sold on their platform at this juncture.

Bakersfield Jam: Endorse

Name Position Height Weight College
Marqus Blakeley F 6’5” 225 Vermont
Brandon Wallace F 6’9” 205 South Carolina
Kenny Taylor G 6’3” 195 Texas
Cyrus Tate F 6’8” 265 Iowa
Lorenzo Wade G/F 6’6” 220 San Diego State
John Bryant F 6’7” 245 Saint Joseph’s
Ollie Bailey F 6’7” Oklahoma City Univ.
Maurice Acker G 5’8” 165 Marquette

Marqus Blakeley was one of the most explosive players in the draft. The Jam might have earned election status had their John Bryant been THE John Bryant aka Big Bad John, the 300-pounder who started 40 games for Erie last season. However, the 6’7″ St. Joseph’s product will try to carve out a name for himself in the league. Though he never saw any game action, Brandon Wallace was on the roster of the 2007-08 Boston Celtics until December, later splitting time between three D-League teams during the season.

Tulsa 66ers: Concede

Name Position Height Weight College
*Scottie Reynolds G 6’2” 190 Villanova
Perry Stevenson F 6’9” 220 Kentucky
Josh Lomers C 7’1” 265 Baylor
Devin Sweetney G 6’5” 205 St. Francis (PA)
Mamadi Diane G/F 6’6” 205 Virginia
Brandon Brooks G 6’2” 187 Alabama State
Marlon Jones F 6’9” 268 Oklahoma City Univ.
Michael Sturns G/F 6’5” 205 Holy Family

Tulsa, D-League affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder, is typically one of the smartest franchises in the league, so I’m more than a bit perplexed by their decision to trade away two of their top assets, who both happen to be point guards. First they shipped Mustafa Shakur, a 2010 2nd-team All-D-League player, to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers for Robert Vaden. That move made some sense in light of their pick of Scottie Reynolds, who seemed to be the heir apparent to Shakur’s vacated starting point guard spot. But then news broke today that Reynolds, too, had been traded, sent to Springfield for a 2011 number one pick. The good news is that the 66ers are still poised to boast one of the most talented rosters come opening day, thanks to their close partnership with the Thunder. Three players cut from OKC are on their training camp roster, including Tweety Carter, who figures to be the beneficiary of the trades sending his would-be point guard competition out of Tulsa.

Austin Toros: Elect

Name Position Height Weight College
Dominique Archie F 6’7” 217 South Carolina
Lance Thomas F 6’8” 225 Duke
Josh Young G 6’1” 172 Drake
Garrett Williamson F 6’7” 217 St. Joseph’s
Marcus Hubbard F 6’9” 230 Angelo State
Vernon Hamilton G 6’1” 190 Clemson
Shagari Alleyne C 7’3” 270 Kentucky
Scooter McFadgon G 6’5” 205 Tennessee

The Toros are kind of like the candidate that runs unopposed because there’s just no point trying to out-campaign them. The Toros are following in their NBA affiliate’s footsteps with the selection of Archie, a talented forward who is coming off a knee injury. The Spurs selection of DeJuan Blair amid concerns about his knees has paid dividens so far, and Austin is optimistic for a positive return on their investment as well. They also grabbed the lone Duke Blue Devil in the draft pool as well as Garrett Williamson, who blossomed as a senior at St. Joseph’s, doubling his scoring average from his junior to senior year.

Erie BayHawks: Too Close to Call

Name Position Height Weight College
Ivan Johnson F 6’8” 230 Cal St. San Bernandino
Kyle Spain G 6’5” 210 San Diego State
Tasheed Carr F 6’4” 205 St. Joseph’s
Derek Raivio G 6’2” 178 Gonzaga
David Gomez F 6’7” 235 Tulane
Jared Carter C 7’1” 250 Kentucky
Dawan Robinson G 6’3” 190 Rhode Island
Jimmy Conyers G/F 6’5” 215 Akron

Raivio, the former Gonzaga star, is the biggest name on the list. With Cedric Jackson and Maureece Rice already in camp, Raivio may not seem to fit, but he’s a different type of player than them and a better shooter. Johnson has produced in the D-League before and should provide some needed frontcourt scoring. No presidential candidates on this list of picks, but there may be some congressmen and senators.

Idaho Stampede: Endorse

Name Position Height Weight College
Salim Stoudamire G 6’1” 175 Arizona
Walter Sharpe F 6’9” 250 UAB
Dominique Johnson G 6’3” 195 Asusza Pacific
Chris Roberts G 6’4” 205 Bradley
Kentrell Gransberry C 6’9” 270 South Florida
Alan Daniels F 6’6” 220 Lamar
Willie Jenkins F 6’6” 220 Tennessee Tech
J.T. Tiller G 6’3” 205 Missouri

First, read Scott Schroeder’s piece on the curious case of Salim Stoudamire. Shady underhanded dealings. Mysterious emails. Threats. Sounds like politics to me. Putting how they got him aside, Stoudamire is a great pick, especially at 16, to build around.

Final tally:
Elect – 3
Endorse – 6
Too Close to Call – 5
Concede – 2

For real election results, check your local news.

As for the next step in the D-League preseason, training camps will get underway later this week. Complete rosters for each of the D-League’s 16 teams will feature  the players drafted tonight along with returning, affiliated and local tryout players. Rosters will be reduced from 17 players to opening-day 10-man rosters by Nov. 18 in anticipation of the Nov. 18 tip off of the NBA Development League’s 10th season. Each team may play one or multiple preseason game(s) from Nov. 9-17.

11 comments

  • Great post. I haven’t even made my way through it entirely, and I can tell I’ll be turning to this page often to get a sense of who went where in the draft. Good work.

  • Very nicely done. I was very happy to read your commentary and get some more insight on some of the players I don’t know very well. I was wondering if you will be doing something similar in the future for each player once each team’s roster is completed for opening day. Also, with the new NBA rule of allocating 3 players to the D-League, do you see this as the beginning of the NBDL truly becoming the minor leagues of the NBA? And if so how long do you think it will take to come to fruition?

    • Mark, thanks for reading and commenting. I probably won’t have time to break down the future for each individual player, but I definitely plan to take a closer look at the rosters around the D-League as the season gets underway in the coming weeks. So check back often to read more.

      As for Will Walker, sorry, but I don’t have any specific explanation.

  • Also, any insight on why Will Walker was not drafted?

  • Any word on if Danny Green (late Cavs cut), will be in the D-League this year?

    • In talking with a BayHawks representative, Green did not express interest in playing for Erie after getting cut from the Cavs. That’s not to say he won’t change his mind down the line, but for now it sounds like he’s not interested in exploring the D-League option.

  • Im really excited to see what Salim stoudamire can do in this league, I think he will make quick progression and hopefully find his way back to where he belongs. .THE LEAGUE!

  • The McDonalds Classic legend Shagari Alleyne sighting and still waiting for a Crispin brother sighting

  • As a blog reader, I am always on the search for content that are both awesome and pleasing to digest and I must say your blog passed my criteria. Thank you so much for the wonderful content you have created! Will be coming back soon!

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