Basketball Wiretap

Shawn Long Named D-League Player Of The Week

Jan 9, 2017 7:43 PM

Shawn Long of the Delaware 87ers has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 2, through Sunday, Jan. 8.

Long (6-9, 248, Louisiana-Lafayette) led Delaware to a 3-1 week, averaging 24.5 points on 53.5 percent shooting to go with a league-leading 13.5 rebounds. He registered a point-rebound double-double in each of his four games. On Jan. 6, he scored a career-high 45 points on 19-of-26 shooting to go with 14 rebounds in a 129-105 victory over the Erie Bayhawks. On Jan. 7, he scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 116-88 win against the Westchester Knicks.

Long is averaging 19.1 points on 52.5 percent shooting and 10.3 rebounds (fourth in the league) on the season. Long is one of four players in the league averaging a double-double on the season.

Other top performers considered included Austin’s Dejounte Murray, Canton’s Quinn Cook, Erie’s Anthony Brown and Gabe York, Grand Rapids’ Jordan Crawford, Maine’s Jalen Jones, Northern Arizona’s Askia Booker, Oklahoma City’s Josh Huestis, Raptors 905’s Axel Toupane, Reno’s Lamar Patterson, Rio Grande Valley’s JP Tokoto, Santa Cruz’s Dennis Clifford, Sioux Falls’ Keith Benson, Texas’ Manny Harris and Windy City’s Alfonzo McKinnie.

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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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Manny Harris Named D-League Player Of The Week

Jan 2, 2017 5:51 PM

Manny Harris of the Texas Legends today was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Jan. 1.

Harris (6-5, 185, Michigan) led Texas to a 1-1 week, averaging a league-best 38.0 points on 57.4 percent shooting to go with 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals. On Dec. 28, he scored 47 points on 17-of-28 shooting to go with five rebounds, a season-high-tying five assists and three steals in a 130-125 win over the Austin Spurs. On Dec. 30, he had 29 points, five rebounds and three assists in a 112-104 loss to the Reno Bighorns.

Harris is averaging a league-leading 27.2 points on 46.3 percent shooting, 8.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.6 steals (second in the league) on the season. Harris was selected to the NBA D-League All-Star Game in 2014.

Other top performers considered included Austin’s Bryn Forbes, Iowa’s Troy Williams, Los Angeles’ Vander Blue, Maine’s Jalen Jones, Northern Arizona’s Johnny O’Bryant III, Raptors 905’s Axel Toupane, Rio Grande Valley’s Darius Morris and Sioux Falls’ Keith Benson.

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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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