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Ron Howard, Othyus Jeffers Named D-League Co-MVPs

Fort Wayne Mad Ants guard Ron Howard and current Minnesota Timberwolves and former Iowa Energy guard/forward Othyus Jeffers have been named the 2014 NBA Development League’s Co-Most Valuable Players, as voted by the NBA D-League’s 17 head coaches.

Howard (6-5, 200, Valparaiso) played in 49 regular season games for the Mad Ants, averaging a team-high and career-best 20.5 points to go with 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists.  Howard spearheaded Fort Wayne’s offense, leading the team in scoring 24 times and serving as the high-assist man in 22 games.  A seven-year Mad Ants veteran, Howard became the league’s all-time leading scorer on March 29 when he scored 20 points to pass Renaldo Major’s previous record of 4,252 points.

Jeffers (6-5, 210, Robert Morris) played in 44 of the Energy’s 50 regular season games before earning a GATORADE Call-Up to the Timberwolves on April 8.  He averaged a team-high 20.9 points, good for eighth-best in the NBA D-League, to go with 9.9 rebounds (fourth) and 2.2 steals (fifth).  He led Iowa in scoring 20 times and was the team’s high-rebounder in an additional 20 contests.  Jeffers scored in double figures in 43 of his 44 games with the Energy, scoring 30 or more points twice.

Via RealGM Staff Report

DeAndre Liggins Named D-League Defensive Player Of The Year

Sioux Falls Skyforce guard DeAndre Liggins has been selected as the 2014 NBA Development League’s Defensive Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s 17 head coaches.

Liggins (6-6, 209, Kentucky) appeared in 42 regular season games for the Skyforce, anchoring the defensive efforts of a Sioux Falls team that held their opponents to league-lows of only 45 percent shooting from the field and 100.1 points per 100 possessions.  Sioux Falls’ opponents averaged 102.9 points, good for second-lowest in the NBA D-League.  As an individual, he averaged an NBA D-League best 2.6 steals, to go with 14.2 points and 4.8 assists.

All-Time NBA D-League Defensive Players of the Year

Stefhon Hannah (Santa Cruz Warriors, 2012-13)

Stefhon Hannah (Dakota Wizards, 2011-12)

Chris Johnson (Dakota Wizards, 2010-11)

Greg Stiemsma (Sioux Falls Skyforce, 2009-10)

Brent Petway (Idaho Stampede, 2008-09)

Stefane Lasme (Los Angeles D-Fenders, 2007-08)

Mouhamed Sene (Idaho Stampede, 2007-08)

Renaldo Major (Dakota Wizards, 2006-07)

Derrick Zimmerman (Austin Toros, 2005-06)

Derrick Zimmerman (Columbus Riverdragons, 2004-05)

Karim Shabazz (Charleston Lowgators, 2003-04)

Mikki Moore (Roanoke Dazzle, 2002-03)

Jeff Myers (Greenville Groove, 2001-02)

Via RealGM Staff Report

Robert Covington Named D-League Rookie Of The Year

Houston Rockets rookie Robert Covington has been the named the 2014 NBA Development League Rookie of the Year, as voted on by the league’s 17 head coaches. The award recognizes the first-year professional who most significantly contributed to his team’s success during the course of the season.

Covington (6-9, 215, Tennessee State) played in 42 of the Vipers 50 regular season games on assignment from the Rockets, 41 as a starter. He averaged 23.2 points, good for second-best in the NBA D-League, while shooting 44 percent from the field. He rounded out his stat line averaging a Vipers-best 9.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals, second-highest in the league. During the regular season, Covington led the team in scoring 21 times and was the Vipers leading rebounder in 13 contests. He scored in double figures in 41 of his 42 games in Rio Grande Valley, recording two 40-plus point games and four additional 30-plus point outings.

All-Time NBA D-League Rookie of the Year winners
2012-13: Tony Mitchell, Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2011-12: Edwin Ubiles, Dakota Wizards
2010-11: DeShawn Sims, Maine Red Claws
2009-10: Alonzo Gee,* Austin Toros
2008-09: Othyus Jeffers,* Iowa Energy
2007-08: Blake Ahearn, Dakota Wizards
2006-07: Louis Amundson,* Colorado 14ers
2005-06: Will Bynum,* Roanoke Dazzle
2004-05: James Thomas, Roanoke Dazzle
2003-04: Desmond Penigar, Asheville Altitude
2002-03: Devin Brown, Fayetteville Patriots
2001-02: Fred House, Charleston Lowgators

Via RealGM Staff Report

Warriors Recall Ognjen Kuzmic, Nemanja Nedovic From Santa Cruz

The Golden State Warriors recalled center Ognjen Kuzmic and guard Nemanja Nedovic from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League.

Both players have spent a significant part of the season with Santa Cruz.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Magic To Enter Into Single-Affiliate Relationship With Bayhawks

The Orlando Magic will enter a single-affiliation hybrid relationship with the Erie BayHawks of the D-League.

An official announcement is not expected until late May as the parties finalize details. The Magic will run basketball ops and the ownership will handle business operations and community relations.

Orlando has wanted to run a D-League team, and when the Knicks ended their relationship with Erie, the Magic began talks with BayHawks ownership.

Via Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

Rockets Reassign Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington To D-League

The Houston Rockets re-assigned Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.

Both have spent a large part of the season with Rio Grande Valley.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Cavaliers Recall Sergey Karasev From Canton

The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled Sergey Karasev from the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League.

Karasev will be available for the Cavaliers on Saturday against the Boston Celtics.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Kings Assign Willie Reed To D-League

The Sacramento Kings assigned forward Willie Reed to their D-League affiliate Reno Bighorns.

Reed has averaged 13.6 points (.649 FG%, .800 FT%), 7.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists 2.4 blocks, and 25.0 minutes per game in five games off the bench for the Bighorns this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Rockets Sign Dexter Pittman, Release Greg Smith

The Houston Rockets agreed to sign Dexter Pittman while waiving Greg Smith.

Smith has missed most of the season due to a knee injury.

Pittman, who went to training camp with the Chicago Bulls and later signed a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks, has averaged 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds with the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Armor To Relocate To Grand Rapids In Hybrid Deal With Pistons

The Detroit Pistons will launch a D-League team in Grand Rapids with the Springfield Armor relocating.

Dennis Mannion, president of the Detroit Pistons, and Dan Reed, president of the NBA D-League, will be on hand to explain a “hybrid partnership with Detroit Pistons,” according to a press release sent out Thursday, April 10.

The team was purchased by an undisclosed local ownership group, and has received league approval, sources said.

“Hybrid” partnership, one of two ownership options followed by the NBA D-League, allows local ownership to control day-to-day and business operations while the parent club controls basketball operations. The other is exclusive ownership by the parent NBA club.

Via Peter J. Wallner/MLive

Rockets Recall Robert Covington, Troy Daniels From D-League

The Rockets recalled Robert Covington and Troy Daniels from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.

Glen Rice Jr. Enjoyed Building Endurance In D-League

Glen Rice Jr. averaged 14.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in the D-League.

Thunder Sign Grant Jerrett

Grant Jarrett joins the Thunder after spending the past season with the Tulsa 66ers where he appeared in 27 games (25 starts) and averaged 15.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in 29.3 minutes per game.

Patrick Christopher Named D-League Player Of The Week

Patrick Christopher averaged 28.3 points on 65 percent shooting from the floor to go with 5.3 rebound and 2.0 assists.

Adonis Thomas Signs 10-Day Contract With 76ers

Adonis Thomas has had two 10-day stints with the Magic this season

Glen Rice Jr. Recalled To Wizards

Glen Rice Jr. has appeared in 11 games for Washington this season.

Cavaliers Assign Sergey Karasev, Scotty Hopson To D-League

Sergey Karasev has appeared in 18 games for the Charge.

Bucks To Sign Chris Wright To 10-Day Contract

Chris Wright has averaged 19.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 blocks in 41 games this season in the D-League with the Red Claws.

Spurs To Sign Damion James To 10-Day Contract

Damion James has played in the D-League this season with the Jam and Legends.

Elijah Millsap Signs With D-Fenders

Elijah Millsap played for the D-Fenders over the past two seasons.

Ike Diogu Named D-League Player Of The Month For March

Ike Diogu averaged 21.4 points, shooting 59 percent from the field, to go with 12.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks.

Santa Cruz Signs Karron Johnson

Karron Johnson worked out for Golden State before last year's draft.

Mustafa Shakur Named D-League Player Of The Week

Mustafa Shakur averaged and NBA D-League high 30.0 points to go with 9.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists.

Willie Reed To Sign With Kings For Remainder Of Season

The Kings' deal with Willie Reed contains a team option for next season, RealGM's Shams Charania reports.

Jamario Moon Signs In Venezuela

Jamario Moon was most recently with Olympiacos in Greece until his release.

Blazers Reassign Allen Crabbe To Idaho

This marks Allen Crabbe's second assignment to the D-League.

Brandon Costner, Willie Reed Named D-League Players Of The Week

Brandon Costner and Willie Reed were named the D-League players of the week.

Josh Boone Signs With Iowa Energy

Josh Boone was the 23rd overall pick by the Nets in 2006.

Cavaliers Sign Seth Curry To 10-Day Contract, Waive Shane Edwards

The Cavaliers have signed guard Seth Curry to a 10-day contract.

Heat Assign Justin Hamilton To Skyforce

Justin Hamilton averaged 19.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.03 blocks, 1.5 assists and 35.8 minutes for the Skyforce.
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