Basketball Wiretap

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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Dakari Johnson Named D-League Player Of The Week

Feb 6, 2017 6:14 PM

Dakari Johnson of the Oklahoma City Blue has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 30, through Sunday, Feb 5.

Johnson (7-0, Kentucky) led Oklahoma City to a 2-1 week, averaging 24.3 points on 60.9 percent shooting to go with 10.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists. On Jan. 31, he notched a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds in a 120-115 overtime victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Johnson scored the first four points of overtime to help secure the win, which moved Oklahoma City into first place in the Southwest Division. On Feb. 4, he logged his 10th double-double of the season with 26 points and 13 rebounds in a 106-86 win over the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Johnson is averaging 18.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals on the season. This is the second Performer of the Week award for Johnson, who was the 48th pick in NBA Draft 2015 presented by State Farm.

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Briante Weber Named D-League Player Of The Month For January

Feb 2, 2017 1:58 PM

Sioux Falls Skyforce guard Briante Weber has been named the NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in January.

Weber (6-2, Virginia Commonwealth) led Sioux Falls to a 6-5 record behind averages of 21.5 points, 8.3 assists, 6.6 rebounds and 3.6 steals. He had five double-doubles and two triple-doubles in January, and finished one steal shy of recording the first quadruple-double in NBA D-League history.

On Jan. 11, Weber tallied 31 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and five steals in a 135-129 victory over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. On Jan. 25, he notched a career-high 34 points on 14-of-20 shooting to go with seven rebounds and five assists in a 129-116 loss to the Reno Bighorns. Weber then capped his month by scoring 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting to go with a career-high-tying 12 assists, 11 rebounds and a career-best nine steals in a 120-115 overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Blue on Jan. 31.

Other players who received consideration for the monthly award were Delaware’s Shawn Long, Los Angeles’ Vander Blue, Northern Arizona’s Johnny O’Bryant, Santa Cruz’s Phil Pressey and Texas’ Manny Harris.

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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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Abdel Nader Named D-League Player Of The Week

Jan 23, 2017 4:11 PM

Abdel Nader of the Maine Red Claws was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 16, through Sunday, Jan. 22.

Nader (6-8, Iowa State) led Maine to a 2-0 week, averaging 26.0 points (eighth in the league) on 48.6 percent shooting to go with 6.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal. He connected of 7-of-14 attempts from three-point range and was named to NBADLeague.com’s 2017 All-Showcase First Team. On Jan. 19, he scored 29 points and connected on 6-of-10 three-point attempts in a 122-117 win over the Canton Charge. On Jan. 21, he recorded 23 points, six rebounds and six assists in a 112-107 victory over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Nader is averaging 22.4 points on 48.6 percent shooting and 6.0 rebounds on the season. He was born in Alexandria, Egypt and was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 58th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft presented by State Farm.
Other top performers considered included Austin’s Cory Jefferson, Canton’s Quinn Cook, Delaware’s Devondrick Walker, Erie’s Gabe York, Grand Rapids’ Jordan Crawford, Iowa’s JaKarr Sampson, Los Angeles’ Josh Magette, Maine’s Jalen Jones, Northern Arizona’s Johnny O’Bryant, Oklahoma City’s Dakari Johnson, Raptors 905’s Edy Tavares, Santa Cruz’s Dennis Clifford, Sioux Falls’ Patrick Miller, Texas’ CJ Williams, Westchester’s Courtney Fells and Windy City’s Will Bynum.

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