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Josh Magette Named D-League Players Of The Week

Feb 13, 2017 5:19 PM

Josh Magette of the Los Angeles D-Fenders was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Feb. 6, through Sunday, Feb 12.

Magette (6-1, Alabama-Huntsville) led Los Angeles to a 3-1 week, averaging 24.0 points, 8.3 assists and 6.8 rebounds. On Feb. 6, he notched a double-double with 24 points and 11 assists to go with six rebounds and three steals in a 138-129 victory over the Salt Lake City Stars. 

Magette is averaging 16.1 points, a league-leading 9.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds on the season.

Other top performers considered included Canton’s Quinn Cook, Delaware’s Shawn Long, Northern Arizona’s Elijah Millsap, Oklahoma City’s Reggie Williams, Raptors 905’s Brady Heslip, Rio Grande Valley’s Darius Morris, Sioux Falls’ Keith Benson, Texas’ Manny Harris and Jameel Warney, Westchester’s John Jenkins and Windy City’s Jarell Eddie.

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D-Fenders Acquire DeJuan Blair From Legends

Feb 11, 2017 7:42 PM

The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired center DeJuan Blair from the Texas Legends in exchange for a 2017 fourth round draft pick.

A veteran of 424 career NBA games, the 6-foot-7 Blair has career averages of 6.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game with San Antonio, Dallas and Washington. Meanwhile, he has averaged 10.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 16.2 minutes through six games with the Texas Legends this season, his first in the NBA D-League. 

Blair, a former standout at the University of Pittsburgh, was a consensus First-Team All-American and co-Big East Player of the Year in 2009. He averaged 13.6 points and 10.7 rebounds in two seasons at Pitt before being selected by the Spurs with the 37th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

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Vander Blue Named D-League Player Of The Week

Jan 30, 2017 8:43 PM

Vander Blue of the Los Angeles D-Fenders has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 29.

Blue (6-4, Marquette) led Los Angeles to a 2-0 week, averaging 32.5 points (second in the league) on 45.0 percent shooting to go with 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals. On Jan. 26, with the D-Fenders trailing 119-112 with 2:25 to play, Blue connected on back-to-back three-pointers and added two free throws to secure a 125-120 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce. He finished the game with 37 points and seven rebounds. On Jan. 29, Blue tallied 28 points, nine rebounds and three steals in a 132-104 win over the Austin Spurs.

Blue, who has scored at least 30 points seven times this season, is averaging 25.5 points (third in the league), 4.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals. This is the second Performer of the Week award for Blue this season.

Other top performers considered included Canton’s Chris Evans and Eric Moreland, Delaware’s Shawn Long, Erie’s Kalin Lucas, Iowa’s Jarell Martin, Maine’s Jalen Jones and Ryan Kelly, Northern Arizona’s Elijah Millsap, Oklahoma City’s Daniel Hamilton, Rio Grande Valley’s Darius Morris, Santa Cruz’s Phil Pressey and Scott Wood and Texas’ C.J. Williams.

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Vander Blue Named D-League Player Of The Week

Dec 26, 2016 5:58 PM

Vander Blue of the Los Angeles D-Fenders today was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Dec. 19, through Sunday, Dec. 25.

Blue (6-4, Marquette) led Los Angeles to a 3-0 week, averaging a league-best 29.0 points on 52.2 percent shooting to go with 7.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals. On Dec. 19, he made a franchise-record 17 free throws on his way to 32 points in a 114-106 victory over the Long Island Nets. On Dec. 22, he tallied season highs with 33 points and 12 rebounds in a 99-92 win over the Greensboro Swarm, his first double-double of the season.

Blue is averaging 23.3 points on 47.4 percent shooting, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals on the season. He has scored at least 30 points in three of his last four games. Blue was a member of the 2016 All-NBA D-League First Team and has been selected to the NBA D-League All-Star Game the past two seasons.

Other top performers considered included Northern Arizona’s Elijah Millsap, Oklahoma City’s Alex Caruso and Texas’ Pierre Jackson.

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Lakers Assign Ivica Zubac To D-League

Nov 16, 2016 7:10 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned center Ivica Zubac to the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Zubac was selected by the Lakers with the 32nd overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and has appeared in three games for the team this season.

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Coby Karl Hired By D-Fenders As Head Coach

Aug 18, 2016 1:22 PM

Coby Karl has been hired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders as head coach.

Karl previously was an assistant coach of the Westchester Knicks.

Karl is the son of George Karl and played intermittently in the NBA.

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Robert Upshaw's D-League Contract Terminated For Drug Violation

Mar 11, 2016 4:14 PM

The NBA Development League announced that Los Angeles D-Fenders center Robert Upshaw’s playing services have been terminated, effective immediately, for violating the league’s Anti-Drug Program.

Upshaw went undrafted out of Washington in the 2015 NBA Draft and was with the Los Angeles Lakers in both the Summer League and preseason.

Upshaw averaged 7.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 15.6 minutes over 28 games in the D-League this season. Upshaw also had a PER of 13.7.

 

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D-Fenders Acquire Jeff Ayres

Mar 4, 2016 6:53 PM

The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired Jeff Ayres from the Idaho Stampede in exchange for the D-Fenders own 2016 first round draft pick.

Ayres has appeared in 225 career NBA games for the Trail Blazers, Pacers, Spurs and Clippers, with career averages of 3.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 9.9 minutes. The 2016 NBA D-League All-Star has seen action in 25 games (23 starts) for the Idaho Stampede this season, tallying 16.2 points (55.8 FG%), 9.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 32.4 minutes.

In 126 career games at Arizona State (2005-09), Ayres averaged 12.6 points (58.0 FG%), 7.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. Ayres earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors as a senior, scoring 14.5 points and grabbing 8.2 rebounds per game. Ayres shot 66.0% from the field as a senior, tops in the NCAA.

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Vander Blue Named D-League Player Of The Month

Mar 2, 2016 1:12 PM

Vander Blue of the Los Angeles D-Fenders has been named NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in February. 

Blue (6-4, 200, Marquette) sparked Los Angeles to a 7-2 month, averaging 30.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals. He shot 47.3 percent from the field (86-for-182) and connected on 36.2 percent of his three-point attempts (17-of-47).

Blue scored at least 20 points in every game and was named Performer of the Week for games played from Feb. 15-21. On Feb. 6, he registered 39 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals in a 126-112 win over the Santa Cruz Warriors. On Feb. 27, he tallied 35 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 117-107 victory over the Idaho Stampede. His 16 made free throws tied a season high for most in a game this season.

Blue is in his third NBA D-League season and has played for the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers over the past three seasons. He’s averaging 26.0 points (fourth in the league), 5.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals (tied for sixth in the league).

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