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2013-2014 NBA D-League Season Preview

With the start of the 2013-14 NBA D-League season this Friday, November 22, here’s a season preview. Enjoy!

 

West Division

Santa Cruz Warriors

2012-13 Record: 32-18

2013-14 Prediction: 30-20

Returning Players: Cameron Jones, Taylor Griffin, Maurice Baker, Daniel Nwaelele

Impact Players: Seth Curry, Cameron Jones, Taylor Griffin

Coaching Staff: Casey Hill, James Andrisevic, Phil Hubbard

Notable Games: January 9, vs. Rio Grande Valley Vipers (rematch of last year’s NBADL finals matchup, and will take place at the NBADL Showcase in Reno, Nevada)

 

Reno Bighorns

2012-13 Record: 16-34

2013-14 Prediction: 26-24

Returning Players: Mo Charlo, Desmon Farmer, Tajuan Porter

Impact Players: Trent Lockett, Tajuan Porter, Mo Charlo

Coaching Staff: Joel Abelson, Tyrone Ellis, Ross McMains, Scott Schroeder

Notable Games: Opening night, November 22, vs. Sioux Falls Skyforce (Abelson returns to Sioux Falls in his first game against his former team from a season ago), November 30, vs. Idaho Stampede (Abelson returns to Idaho, where he was an assistant coach)

 

 Bakersfield Jam

2012-13 Record: 36-14

2013-14 Prediction: 29-21

Returning Players: Brian Butch, James Nunnally

Impact Players: Brian Butch, Jared Cunningham

Coaching Staff: Will Voigt, John Bryant, George Galanopoulos, Jordan Brady

Notable Games: March 6, vs. Austin Toros (rematch of last year’s first round playoff matchup, Austin swept the Jam after Bakersfield appeared to be a heavy favorite entering the postseason)

 

Idaho Stampede

2012-13 Record: 19-31

2013-14 Prediction: 25-25

Returning Players: Jason Ellis, Reggie Hamilton, Dallas Lauderdale

Impact Players: Pierre Jackson, E.J. Singler, Dee Bost

Coaching Staff: Mike Peck, Rob Werdann, Zendon Hamilton

Notable Games: November 30, vs. Los Angeles D-Fenders (rivalry game and the return of Bob MacKinnon)

 

Los Angeles D-Fenders

2012-13 Record: 21-29

2013-14 Prediction: 27-23

Returning Players: Travis Hyman, Jamario Moon,

Impact Players: Ryan Kelly (assignment player), Elias Harris (assignment player),  Malcolm Thomas, Jamario Moon, Brandon Costner

Coaching Staff: Bob MacKinnon, Casey Owens, Thomas Scott

Notable Games: February 24, vs. Springfield Armor (Bob MacKinnon’s first game against his old squad from a season ago)

 

Central Division

Rio Grande Valley Vipers

2012-13 Record: 35-15

2013-14 Prediction: 20-30

Returning Players: Chris Johnson

Impact Players: Robert Covington(assignment player), Isaiah Canaan(assignment player), Chris Johnson

Coaching Staff: Nevada Smith, Paul Mokeski

Notable Games: January 9, vs. Santa Cruz Warriors (rematch of the 2012-13 NBADL finals), December 10, vs. Reno Bighorns (Paul Mokeski faces his former team from a season ago)

Texas Legends

2012-13 Record: 21-29

2013-14 Prediction: 28-22

Returning Players: Melvin Ely, Sean Singletary, Chris Douglas-Roberts

Impact Players: Sean Singletary, Devin Ebanks

Coaching Staff: Eduardo Najera, Ahmad Ajami, Jeremy Bender, Tyler Gatlin

Notable Games: December 2, vs. Rio Grande Valley (rivalry game, and a chance to break the tie both teams came to during their preseason contest)

 

Austin Toros

2012-13 Record: 27-23

2013-14 Prediction: 22-28

Returning Players: Jazwyn Cowan, Tre Kelley

Impact Players: Josh Howard, Flip Murray

Coaching Staff: Ken McDonald, Anthony Carter, Mike Miller

Notable Games: November 22, vs. Santa Cruz Warriors (rematch of last season’s playoff series matchup against the Warriors, Toros were swept)

 

Tulsa 66ers

2012-13 Record: 27-23

2013-14 Prediction: 28-22

Returning Players: Rodney Bartholomew, Mario Little, Isaiah Wilkerson

Impact Players: Grant Jerrett, Ben Uzoh,

Coaching Staff: Darko Rajakovic, Anthony Goldwire, Brian Baudinet, Steve Scalzi

Notable Games: November 29, vs. Rio Grande Valley Vipers (rematch of last season’s playoff matchup with the Vipers, Tulsa lost the series 2-1)

 

Iowa Energy

2012-13 Record: 14-36

2013-14 Prediction: 24-26

Returning Players: Othyus Jeffers, Augustus Gilchrest, Ben Strong

Impact Players: Othyus Jeffers, Jarvis Varnado

Coaching Staff: Nate Bjorkgren, Bruce Wilson, Deane Martin, Tyler Marsh

Notable Games: November 22, vs. Tulsa 66ers (first game against Tulsa, the team they traded their first overall selection to), March 14, vs. Santa Cruz Warriors (Nate Bjorkgren’s return to Santa Cruz)

 

Sioux Falls Skyforce

2012-13 Record: 25-25

2013-14 Prediction: 26-24

Returning Players: Chris Ayer

Impact Players: Quincy Douby, DeAndre Liggins, Anthony Mason Jr.

Coaching Staff: Pat Delaney, Octavio De La Grana, Sean Rooks

Notable Games: November 22, vs. Reno Bighorns (Joel Abelson’s return to Sioux Falls)

East Division

Erie BayHawks

2012-13 Record: 26-24

2013-14 Prediction: 27-23

Returning Players: Nick Covington, Terrence Jennings, Mustafa Shakur

Impact Players: C.J. Leslie, Jeremy Tyler, Nick Covington, Terence Jennings

Coaching Staff: Gene Cross, Benjamin McDonald

Notable Games: November 24, vs. Maine Red Claws (Maine finished with the same record last season, but snagged the last playoff spot ahead of Erie)

 

Canton Charge

2012-13 Record: 30-20

2013-14 Prediction: 22-28

Returning Players: Antoine Agudio, D’Aundray Brown, Travis Franklin, Jorge Gutierrez, Kevin Jones

Impact Players: Kevin Jones, Antoine Agudio, Jorge Gutierrez

Coaching Staff: Steve Hetzel, Greg Minor, James Posey

Notable Games: December 11, vs. Tulsa 66ers (a rematch of last season’s first round series against Tulsa)

Delaware 87ers

2012-13 Record: N/A

2013-14 Prediction: 19-31

Returning Players: N/A

Impact Players: Norvel Pelle, Aquille Carr, Thanasis Antetokounmp

Coaching Staff: Rod Baker

Notable Games: November 23, vs. Canton Charge (the franchise’s first-ever game), March 2, vs. Bakersfield Jam (Rod Baker’s return to Bakersfield)

Fort Wayne Mad Ants

2012-13 Record: 27-23

2013-14 Prediction: 21-29

Returning Players: Ron Howard, Anthony Harris, Chris Porter,

Impact Players: Ron Howard

Coaching Staff: Conner Henry, Steven Gansey

Notable Games: January 6, vs. Santa Cruz Warriors (rematch of last season’s playoff matchup against the Warriors, Santa Cruz swept Fort Wayne)

Maine Red Claws

2012-13 Record: 26-24

2013-14 Prediction: 23-27

Returning Players: Jermaine Taylor, Chris Wright

Impact Players: Chris Wright

Coaching Staff: Mike Taylor, Tunde Adekola, Ronald Nored

Notable Games: January 8, vs. Rio Grande Valley Vipers (rematch of last season’s first round playoff series, RGV swept Maine)

Springfield Armor

2012-13 Record: 18-32

2013-14 Prediction: 26-24

Returning Players: Dennis Horner, Justin Johnson, JamesOn Curry, Willie Reed, L.D. Williams

Impact Players: Tornike Shengalia (assignment player), Tyshawn Taylor (assignment player), Dennis Horner, Willie Reed

Coaching Staff: Doug Overton, Chris Carrawell

Notable Games: February 24, vs. Los Angeles D-Fenders (the Armor will face their former head coach Bob MacKinnon in L.A.)

 

 

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