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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

Heat Assign Justin Hamilton To Skyforce

Justin Hamilton has been assigned to the Sioux Falls Skyforce for their NBA Development League home games this Friday and Saturday against the Idaho Stampede. 

Hamilton, who was signed by the Miami Heat on March 14, appeared in 37 games (all starts) with the Skyforce earlier this season and averaged 19.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.03 blocks, 1.5 assists and 35.8 minutes while shooting 49.1 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from three-point range and 81.2 percent from the foul line. The 2014 NBA D-League All-Star has not appeared in a game with Miami this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bobcats Sign Justin Hamilton To 10-Day Contract

The Charlotte Bobcats have signed center Justin Hamilton to a 10-day contract. Hamilton joins the Bobcats from the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League.

In 37 games played for the Skyforce this season, the 7-0 Hamilton is averaging 19.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 assists in 35.8 minutes, while shooting .491 from the field (269-548), .385 from beyond the three-point line (30-78) and .812 from the free-throw line (147-181).  He has scored in double figures 34 times, including 21 games of 20 points or more and three contests with 30 points or more, and recorded 16 games with double-figure rebounds, tallying 16 double-doubles.

Via RealGM STaff Report

Heat Sign DeAndre Liggins To 10-Day Contract

The Miami Heat have signed DeAndre Liggins to a 10-day contract.

Liggins was previously with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, D-League affiliate of the Heat. Liggins was averaging 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.5 steals in 40.3 minutes per game.

Liggins was a 2014 NBA D-League All-Star.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Charlie Westbrook Claimed By Sioux Falls

Charlie Westbrook has been claimed by the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the D-League, according to a RealGM source.

The Skyforce are the D-League affiliate of the Heat.

Westbrook was in training camp this season with the Heat.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Quincy Douby Reaches Deal With Shanghai Sharks Of China

NBA D-League guard Quincy Douby has reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, a source told RealGM.

Douby had been the No. 3 pick in the Development League’s draft, and he further cemented himself as a strong call-up candidate with a 20-points-per-game start to the Sioux Falls’ season.

With Shanghai, Douby significantly bolsters a scoring backcourt that lost Von Wafer for the year, teaming with Indiana Pacers camp invite Darnell Jackson at point guard. Shanghai is expected to go deep in the Chinese playoffs, a scenario that could prevent Douby from signing in the NBA late in its season.

After three seasons as a standout at Rutgers, Douby went 19th in the NBA Draft in 2006 to the Sacramento Kings and played two seasons with the organization. He signed a free agent deal with the Toronto Raptors in 2009, but was later released.

Douby, 29, has averages of 4.1 points and one rebound while shooting 31.2 percent from three-point range over three NBA seasons. The 6-foot-3 sharpshooter closed the 2012-13 season with Zhejiang.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Heat Add Jarvis Varnado, Justin Hamilton, Larry Drew II To D-League Team

The Miami Heat have invited Jarvis Varnado, Justin Hamilton and Larry Drew II to the Sioux Falls Skyforce's training camp.

Varnado, Hamilton and Drew were cuts by the Heat in training camp.

All of those players are eligible to be claimed by any NBA team at any time, with the Heat not holding exclusive rights.

Via Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Heat Become 13th NBA Team With Single Affiliate D-League Team

The Miami Heat, the Sioux Falls Skyforce and the NBA Development League announced that the Heat and the Skyforce have entered into a single affiliation partnership beginning with the 2013-14 NBA D-League season. Miami becomes the record 13th NBA team to have a one-to-one affiliation with an NBA D-League team.

The Heat, which joins the Philadelphia 76ers as the second NBA team to become singly affiliated with an NBA D-League team this offseason, will be Sioux Falls’ sole NBA affiliate and will have full control over the team’s basketball operations. To further solidify the relationship, the Skyforce has adopted Miami’s red, yellow and black color scheme and signature font beginning with next season.

The Heat assigned both Dexter Pitman and Jarvis Varnado to the Skyforce last season, the fourth season of the teams’ affiliation. During the 2012-13 season, Sioux Falls was also affiliated with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

Andrew Goudelock Named D-League MVP

Andrew Goudelock has been named the 2013 NBA Development League’s Most Valuable Player, as voted by the NBA D-League’s 16 head coaches, for his efforts as a member of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Sioux Falls Skyforce. 

Goudelock (6-3, 200, College of Charleston) played in 37 games, all starts, for the Vipers this season, averaging 21.4 points to go with 5.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 36.7 minutes, while leading the team in scoring 16 times.  Selected to play in the 2013 NBA D-League All-Star Game, Goudelock was traded in January to Rio Grande Valley from the Sioux Falls Skyforce, where he played in 14 games. 

In all, Goudelock appeared in 52 regular season NBA D-League games, averaging 21.1 points, good for third best in the NBA D-League, to go with 5.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 37.1 minutes. 

Via RealGM Staff Report
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