Monday, September 25, 2006

More D League Expansion Draft Analysis Than You Likely Want

The NBA's D-League is introducing four new teams this year, and these four soon to be NBA talent powerhouses recently held their expansion draft to jumpstart rosters.

The Colorado 14ers (14ers?) made former Virgina forward Elton Brown the first pick of the draft. Brown last saw time with the D-League's Florida Flame at the end of last season (scoring 13.8 ppg and grabbing 9.8 rpg in their final five contests). The rest of the first round saw former Houston Rocket second rounder Andre Barrett go to the Bakersfield Jam (my boys the Warriors new affiliate), former UNC Tarheel Jawad Williams go to the Anaheim Arsenal, and forward Duane Erwin, who saw time with the Florida Flame also last year, go fourth to the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

If you, like me, find yourself perusing the draft list for names that seem remotely familiar, you may recognize superstars like former University of Minnesota star and T-Wolves draft pick Rick Rickert (3rd round, 14ers), part time 05-06 Golden State Warrior Will Bynum (8th round, Jam), and, of course, Mateen Cleaves (9th round, Jam). QUITE the backcourt there for the Jam.

Also of note is poor Theron Smith. You see, this is the second time Theron has been drafted in an expansion draft, the first time by the Charlotte Bobcats. Teams just keep throwing the man away, and, suffice it to say, this isn't exactly a step in the right direction.

Perhaps most imporantly, though, is that America is yet again treated to Sung Yoon Bang being back in the news. As the linked to article puts it, "The other talent player which hasn’t yet achieved NBA status yet, but is already as popular as Michael Jordan in Korea; a man known as Sung-Yoon-Bang. He is a starter for the Roanoke Dazzle in the NBDL. He made superstar status in Korea after defeating Yao Ming in the China vs. Korea game in the Olympics. The Koreans love him for that fact."

Hear that, people? The Anaheim Arsenal are proud owners of the Korean Michael Jordan. Watch out.

1 comment:

Medicine said...

Also of note is poor Theron Smith. You see, this is the second time Theron has been drafted in an expansion draft.