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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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Jarnell Stokes Named D-League Player Of The Week

Jan 4, 2016 4:12 PM

Jarnell Stokes, a forward playing on assignment with the Sioux Falls Skyforce from the Miami Heat, has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Dec. 28 through Sunday, Jan. 3.  The honor is the first of Stokes’ career. 

Stokes (6-9, 255, Tennessee) guided Sioux Falls to a 3-0 week, averaging 22.3 points on 75.7 percent shooting from the floor (28-for-37) to go with 8.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals.  He recorded a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds in a 104-88 win over the Raptors 905 on Jan. 2.  On Dec. 31, he finished with 26 points and connected on 11-of-13 from the field in a win over the Raptors.  

For the season, Stokes has appeared in 11 games on assignment in Sioux Falls, averaging 19.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 29.0 minutes. 

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Heat Assign Josh Richardson To D-League

Dec 30, 2015 2:29 PM

The Miami Heat have assigned guard Josh Richardson to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Richardson has appeared in 13 games (one start) with the Heat this season, averaging 1.7 points and 1.1 rebounds in 9.2 minutes while shooting 31.6 percent (6-of-19) from the field and 40 percent (4-of-10) from three-point range. In his lone NBA start on November 12, Richardson scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds in a, 92-91, win vs. Utah. He has led the team in plus/minus twice and is tied for third in charges taken (two) this season. He was originally drafted by the Heat in the second round (40th overall) in the 2015 NBA Draft.

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DeAndre Liggins Named D-League Player Of The Week

Dec 28, 2015 4:55 PM

Sioux Falls’ guard DeAndre Liggins was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games Played Monday, Dec. 21 through Sunday, Dec. 27.  This is the second Performer of Week award for Liggins of his D-League career. He previously received the honor on Dec. 30, 2013 also as a member of Sioux Falls.

Liggins led Sioux Falls to a 3-0 week, averaging 17.3 points on 44.0 percent shooting from the floor (16-for-36) to go with 9.0 assists, 8.7 rebounds and 3.3 steals. He connected on seven of his 15 shots from beyond the arc (46.7 percent). On Dec. 27, he recorded his second triple-double of the season with 14 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in a 106-101 victory over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

For the season, Liggins is averaging 13.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.1 assists (ranks third in the league) and 2.5 steals (ranks second in the league). He has two triple-doubles on the season. They are the only two triple-doubles to be a recorded so far this season.

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Heat Assign Jarnell Stokes To D-League

Nov 24, 2015 5:12 PM

The Miami Heat have assigned forward/center Jarnell Stokes to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Stokes has appeared in two NBA games this season totaling two rebounds in four minutes of action. He was acquired by the Heat, along with Beno Udrih, from Memphis in exchange for Mario Chalmers and James Ennis earlier this season on November 10. Last season, Stokes appeared in 23 NBA Development League games (14 starts) with the Iowa Energy and averaged 15.1 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 32.0 minutes while shooting 61.7 percent from the field.

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