The NBA Development League held its draft lottery yesterday in Denver, Colorado, at the league’s annual coaches meetings. The Los Angeles D-Fenders won the lottery and will have the first overall selection in the 2011 D-League Draft, which will be held Thursday, November 3.
The Austin Toros secured the second selection, while the Maine Red Claws, Sioux Falls Skyforce and Texas Legends round out the top five.
Thanks to trades made last season, the Bakersfield Jam will have three first round picks this year, and the Erie BayHawks and Tulsa 66ers will each make two first round selections. Bakersfield has their own selection (8th) as well as picks they received from the Iowa Energy (6th) and Reno Bighorns (13th). Erie has the 7th pick as well as the 9th pick, which they acquired from the Idaho Stampede. Tulsa has the 11th pick and the 16th, which they acquired from the Springfield Armor. As a result of those trades, four teams do not have first round selections (Iowa, Idaho, Reno, and Springfield).
The NBA D-League Draft utilizes a “serpentine” format similar to the style many people use in fantasy football, meaning the order will alternate in each of the eight rounds. The full list of players eligible for the draft has not yet been released.
The order of the first round will be as follows:
2. Austin Toros
3. Maine Red Claws
4. Sioux Falls Skyforce
5. Texas Legends
6. Iowa Energy (to Bakersfield)
7. Erie BayHawks
8. Bakersfield Jam
9. Idaho Stampede (to Erie)
10. Fort Wayne Mad Ants
11. Tulsa 66ers
12. Dakota Wizards
13. Reno Bighorns (to Bakersfield)
14. Rio Grande Valley Vipers
16. Springfield Armor (to Tulsa)