NBA D-League Player Rights And Mock Expansion Draft For Westchester Knicks

Updated: August 25, 2014

With the addition of the Westchester Knicks to the NBA D-League this upcoming season, returning player rights will need to be addressed by every NBA D-League team in order to prepare for an expansion draft.

According to a source, the expansion draft for the Westchester Knicks will take place on September 1 in order to provide Westchester with a returning player list.

Every NBA D-League team aside from Westchester has the opportunity to select 12 players which they would like to protect. The remaining players will be fair game for the Knicks to draft, and obtain those NBA D-League player rights.

With the expansion draft on the horizon, figured it would hold it’s own mock expansion draft, and also project which players teams would protect. Below are the results.

Austin Toros – JaMychal Green, Lester Hudson, Rick Jackson, Chris Roberts, Jamarr Sanders, Eric Dawson, Courtney Fells, Myck Kabongo, Ronald Murray, Dexter Pittman, Terrence Woodbury, Luke Zeller.

Bakersfield Jam – Stephen Dennis, Anthony Richardson, Billy Baptist, Derrick Byars, Markeith Cummings, Jake O’Brien, Terrel Harris, Dennis Horner, Mac Koshwal, Renaldo Major, Jerel McNeal, Jeremy Wise

Canton Charge – Kyle Gibson, Kyle Weaver, Antoine Agudio, Gilbert Brown, William Buford, Will Cherry, Shane Edwards, Krylo Fesenko, Jorge Gutierrez, Kevin Jones, Arinze Onuaku, Brandon Paul

Delaware 87ers – Josh Akognon,, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Tiny Gallon, Kendall Marshall, Hamady Ndiaye, Norvel Pelle, Elijah Pittman, Damian Saunders, Ish Smith, Tyler Wilkerson, Rodney Williams, B.J. Young

Erie BayHawks – Keith Benson, Henry Sims, Justin Brownlee, Micah Downs, Lewis Jackson, Terrence Jennings, Solomon Jones, Cleveland Melvin, Sean Singeltary, Scott Suggs, Jeremy Tyler, Darren White

Fort Wayne Mad Ants – Luke Harangody, Demtri McCamey, Xavier Silas, Matt Bouldin, Brian Butch, Ramon Harris, Ron Howard, Trey McKinney-Jones, Tony Mitchell, Tim Ohlbrecht, Chris Porter, Sadiel Rojas

Grand Rapids Drive – Kris Joseph, Samardo Samuels, Edwin Ubiles, Lorenzo Brown, Jerome Dyson, Devin Ebanks, Jeff Foote, Gary Forbes, Darius Johnson-Odom, Willie Reed, Adonis Thomas, Khaliff Wyatt

Idaho Stampede – Vander Blue, Dee Bost, Derrick Caracter, Reggie Hearn, Pierre Jackson, Dallas Lauderdale, Darnell Lazare, CJ Leslie, Scott Machado, Kevin Murphy, EJ Singler, Dexter Strickland

Iowa Energy – Paul Harris, Augutus Gilchrist , Chris Wright, Josh Boone, Jackie Carmichael, Patrick Christopher, Moses Ehambe, Austin Freeman, Diante Garrett, Othyus Jeffers, Kalin Lucas, Jarvis Varnado

L.A. D-Fenders – Courtney Fortson, Josiah Turner, Brandon Costner, Manny Harris, Josh Magette, Elijah Millsap, Jamario Moon, James Southerland, Malcolm Thomas, CJ Williams, Shawne Williams, Terrence Williams

Maine Red Claws – Shelvin Mack, Josh Selby, Chris Babb, Damen Bell-Holter, Sherwood Brown, Abdul Gaddy, Frank Gaines, Daniel Orton, Romero Osby, Jermaine Taylor, Tyshawn Taylor, Chris Wright

Reno Bighorns – Orien Greene, Mo Charlo, Bryan Davis, Patrick O’Bryant, Mickell Gladness, Brandon Heath, Ra’shad James, DeQuan Jones, , Trent Lockett, KC Rivers, Walker Russell, Darnell Jackson

RGV Vipers – Jeff Adrien, James Anderson, Tyler Honeycutt, D.J. Kennedy, Vernon Macklin, Hassan Whiteside, Troy Daniels, Jordan Henriquez, Christapher Johnson, Kenny Kadji, Darius Morris, Maalik Wayns

Santa Cruz Warriors – Justin Holiday, Travis Leslie, Dominique Sutton, Joe Alexander, Hilton Armstrong, Seth Curry, Dewayne Dedmon, Kiwi Gardner, Lance Goulbourne, Stefhon Hannah, Richard Howell, Cameron Jones,

Sioux Falls Skyforce – James Mays, Demetris Nichols, Chris Allen, Quincy Douby, Larry Drew II, Justin Hamilton, Tre Kelley, DeAndre Liggins, Anthony Mason Jr. , Alex Oriakhi, Craig Smith, Henry Walker

Texas Legends – Justin Dentmon, Christian Eyenga, Mike James, Delonte West, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Melvin Ely, Michael Eric, PJ Hairston, Damion James, Mickey McConnell, Fab Melo, James Nunnally,

Tulsa 66ers – Rasual Butler, Andy Rautins, Hollis Thompson, Rodney Bartholomew, Grant Jerrett, Mario Little, Dominic McGuire, Mustafa Shakur, Maurice Sutton, Chase Tapley, Isaiah Wilkerson, Reggie Williams

Westchester Knicks – Olek Czyz, Ben Uzoh, Ike Diogu, Sean Williams, Jerome Jordan, Josh Owens, Justin Harper, Marcus Landry, Zach Andrews, Zeke Marshall, Sundiata Gaines, Alex Ruoff



  1. core_dump

    August 26, 2014 at 12:44 am

    I’m curious about the inclusion of Kendall Marshall and Thanasis Antetokounmpo to the 87ers protection lists. In the case of either of these guys, what would it take for them to end up back on the 87ers? Do the Bucks and Knicks have to renounce their rights? Is there any advantage of their respective teams for doing this?

    • Gino Pilato

      August 26, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Good questions, and here’s my thinking…

      In Kendall’s case, Delaware would only get him if he were to be released from Milwaukee and sign a D-League contract. This is obviously a long shot, given his favorable situation in Milwaukee. However, if I’m Delaware and I have his D-League rights, why not hold them so in case something did happen, and make sure he wouldn’t end up in Westchester.

      For Thanasis, at this current time I’ve been told that if Thanasis does not sign a training camp deal, and signs directly into the D-League, under the new Draft Rights Player Rule he’ll end up in Westchester NOT Delaware.

      However, if New York cuts him after signing a training camp deal and doesn’t keep him as an affiliate player, than he is a free agent. If he were then to sign a D-League contract he would play for Delaware and NOT Westchester.

      Again, this is a long shot…not sure it does make sense for Delaware to hold onto his player rights at this point given what’s been reported, but it’s not a done deal yet…so why not!

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