Some of the D-League’s most impressive talent from last season have decided to take their talents to Europe and other foreign countries next season. From the two-time D-League Slam Dunk champion, to three players who helped the Los Angeles D-Fenders win a record amount of games during the 2011-2012 season, a significant amount of players will be looking to bring the excitement they produced in the D-League to a gym with a name they will likely have to learn to pronounce.
L.D. Williams (Bourg, France) – Williams was the D-League’s very own highlight reel last season. He had an epic put back slam-game winner against the Maine Red Claws to help the Springfield Armor win 93-91 last January, a play so incredible it landed on ESPN Sportscenter’s top-10. Williams also amazed fans capturing his second consecutive dunk title at the All-Star festivities. Williams is an exciting player there is no doubt about that, but he accompanies his thrilling play-making abilities with a notable stat line finishing last season with 20.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game averages. The European fans will get their money’s worth when they watch Williams take his athletic, high-flying game into French basketball arenas next season.
Brandon Costner (Sonic Boom KT, South Korea), Zach Andrews (Montegranaro, Italy) , Otis George (Orlandina Italy) – Costner was the third leading scorer last season for the D-Fenders and probably the most talented player out of this trio. Costner will be taking his talents across a different pond then his former fellow teammates next season as Andrews and George will test out the European game. Andrews shear size will impress European crowds as he will likely be the largest person in any gym he steps into over in Italy. His post skills can use some work and perhaps he can learn some better footwork playing in Europe where big men seem to have point guard-like handles. George has a raw, yet impressive skill set. His athleticism is what perhaps sticks out the most, but developing a more consistent and confident jump shot can benefit the young player.
Brad Wanamaker (Limoges CSP, France) – Wanamaker had a stellar final two games in the D-League championship last season against L.A. He averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.5 steals in the final 2-games against L.A. The former Pitt standout will be making a second trip overseas to play, however, this being his first in France. Wanamaker is a nice player with some upside for sure, he will likely relish in the International setting and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Wanamaker lace ‘em up on U.S. soil again.
Patrick Ewing Jr. (Telekom Baskets Bonn, Germany) – With one of the most recognizable last names in the NBA Development League last season, Ewing Jr. put up rather sub par numbers for the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Finishing the season with averages of 8.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.9 assists the former Georgetown Hoya did have some standout performances last season eclipsing the 20-point mark in a few contests. The former 2nd round draft pick will look to increase his versatile skill set while playing likely significant minutes in Germany next season.
Juan Pattillo (Anyang KGC, South Korea) – Pattilo stuffed the stat sheet regularly for the Bakersfield Jam last season and now will be joining another multi-stat accumulator Brandon Costner in South Korea. The 6’6” slasher has a very well rounded game, Pattillo’s best performance last season came against the Idaho Stampede where on the road he exploded for 33 points on 15-16 shooting from the foul line. He also pulled down 9 rebounds in that game. Pattillo will enjoy success in South Korea and his name will likely appear stateside once again in the near future.