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Heat To Sign Okaro White With Disabled Player Exception

Jan 15, 2017 3:59 PM

The Miami Heat have been granted a disabled player exception and will sign Okaro White of Sioux Falls.

White was with the Heat in preseason.

White has averaged 18.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in 33.0 minutes over 23 games in the D-League this season.

Miami has four players that have missed three or more games (Chris Bosh, Justise Winslow, Josh McRoberts and Josh Richardson).

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Keith Benson Named D-League Player Of The Month For December

Jan 5, 2017 5:04 PM

Sioux Falls Skyforce center Keith Benson has been named the NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in December.

Benson (6-11, Oakland) led Sioux Falls to a 9-3 record behind averages of 20.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.1 blocks. He scored in double figures in all 12 games and tallied at least 18 points eight times. Benson also recorded three or more blocks in eight of 12 games.

On Dec. 23, he scored 18 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds in a 103-84 victory over the Iowa Energy. Benson finished the month by scoring a career-high 33 points, grabbing 17 rebounds and recording five blocks in a 110-109 loss to the Salt Lake City Stars on Dec. 30.

Other players who received consideration for the monthly award were Austin’s Cory Jefferson, Delaware’s Shawn Long, Fort Wayne’s Trey McKinney-Jones, Maine’s Jalen Jones, Northern Arizona’s Elijah Millsap, Oklahoma City’s Daniel Hamilton, Raptors 905’s Axel Toupane and Texas’ Pierre Jackson.

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Keith Benson Named D-League Player Of The Week

Dec 12, 2016 7:08 PM

Keith Benson of the Sioux Falls Skyforce today was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 11.

Benson led Sioux Falls to a 3-1 week, averaging 18.5 points on 57.4 percent shooting to go with 13.3 rebounds (third in the league) and a league-best 4.3 blocks. He registered a point-rebound double-double in each of his four games. On Dec. 5, he tallied a season-high 25 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks in a 124-116 victory over the Long Island Nets. On Dec. 9, he scored 19 points to go with 13 rebounds and a season-high six blocks in a 101-81 loss to the Raptors 905.

Benson is averaging 17.8 points, 11.0 rebounds (second in the league) and a league-best 3.5 blocks this season. 

Other top performers considered included Fort Wayne’s Trey McKinney-Jones, Maine’s Jalen Jones, Northern Arizona’s Elijah Millsap, Oklahoma City’s Dakari Johnson, Reno’s Lamar Patterson, Rio Grande Valley’s Darius Morris, Texas’ Pierre Jackson and Windy City’s Aaron Thomas.

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Nuggets Assign Malik Beasley To D-League

Dec 10, 2016 2:16 PM

The Denver Nuggets have assigned rookie guard Malik Beasley to the Sioux Falls SkyForce of the NBA Development League.

Beasley, selected by the Nuggets with the 19th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, has appeared in nine games this season, averaging 2.9 points in 6.0 minutes per game.

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Nevada Smith Named Head Coach Of Sioux Falls

Sep 21, 2016 1:23 PM

Nevada Smith has been named head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

“We are excited to welcome Nevada back to the Development League in his role as head coach of the Skyforce,” said Skyforce General Manager Adam Simon. “His passion for coaching and his history of developing players make him a great addition to our organization. We look forward to Nevada applying the Heat culture to our developmental program in Sioux Falls.”

Smith formerly served as the head coach for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, where he led the team to an overall record of 57-43 in two seasons spanning from 2013-15. Before coaching the Vipers, Smith spent two seasons as the head coach of the Keystone College Giants in Le Plume, Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining Keystone College, Smith had previously compiled nine years of collegiate coaching experience at Ithaca College, Allegheny College, Canton, and St. Lawrence University dating back to the 2002-03 season.

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Jarnell Stokes Named D-League MVP

Apr 14, 2016 1:07 PM

Sioux Falls Skyforce forward Jarnell Stokes has been named the 2015-16 NBA Development League Most Valuable Player in a vote by the league’s 19 head coaches.

Stokes (6-7, 250, Tennessee) played in 28 games (all starts) for the Skyforce this season, averaging team highs of 20.6 points and 9.3 rebounds. He began the season with the Miami Heat, playing 16 games on assignment in Sioux Falls, before being traded to New Orleans on Feb. 18 and waived by the Pelicans one day later. He joined the Skyforce’s roster permanently on Feb. 27.

A 2016 NBA D-League All-Star, Stokes shot an NBA D-League-best 66 percent from the field, scored in double figures 27 times and recorded 13 double-doubles. He led the team in scoring 14 times and rebounding 13 times. He was named the NBA D-League Player of the Week on Jan. 4 and earned Player of the Month honors for March and April.

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DeAndre Liggins Named D-League Defensive Player Of The Year

Apr 13, 2016 6:25 PM

DeAndre Liggins has been named the 2015-16 NBA Development League Defensive Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s 19 head coaches.

This is the second such honor for Liggins, who also earned the award in 2013-14 with Sioux Falls.

Liggins (6-6, 204, Kentucky) played in 34 games (33 starts) for Sioux Falls this season, anchoring a Skyforce defense that held opponents to league lows of 98.1 points per game and 98.5 points per 100 possessions. The Skyforce allowed 96.0 points per 100 possessions when Liggins was on the court, giving him the league’s best individual defensive rating. Sioux Falls’ opponents shot only 44.1 percent from the field, the second-lowest mark in the NBA D-League.

Liggins tied for second in the NBA D-League with 2.1 steals per game. He also averaged 13.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in 38.4 minutes.

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Jarnell Stokes Named D-League Player Of The Month

Apr 4, 2016 7:15 PM

Jarnell Stokes of the Sioux Falls Skyforce has been named NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in March and April.

Stokes (6-9, 255, Tennessee) led Sioux Falls to an 11-2 record on its way to posting the best record in NBA D-League history at 40-10. He averaged 20.8 points on 65.5 percent shooting to go with 8.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals. On March 14, Stokes recorded a double-double with a season-high 29 points and 12 rebounds in a 107-99 win over the Austin Spurs. On March 19, he tallied 19 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and two steals in 116-109 victory over the Canton Charge

Stokes, who is in his second NBA D-League season, has appeared in 26 games with the Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat since being selected with the 35th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. He finished the regular season with averages of 20.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals.

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Grizzlies To Sign Briante Weber To 10-Day Contract

Mar 9, 2016 12:21 AM

The Memphis Grizzlies plan on signing Briante Weber to a 10-day contract with their injury exception.

Weber is averaging 10.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 28.5 minutes per game this season for Sioux Falls of the D-League.

Weber went undrafted out of VCU in the 2015 NBA Draft.

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