Draft Set for NBADL as Skyforce Add to Roster on Oct. 30
Since joining the NBADL the Sioux Falls Skyforce have had a trio of draft picks be called up to the NBA while with the team. The next possible diamonds in the rough will join the team October 30.
The NBA Development League announced that the 2016 NBA D-League Draft will take place via teleconference on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. CT. The six-round event is set to feature more than 200 draft-eligible players. NBA D-League Draft selections will join players whose NBA Draft rights are held by teams, affiliate players, local tryout standouts, and returning players to populate 2016-17 NBA D-League team rosters.
Andre Brown was the first ever selection for Sioux Falls in the NBADL Draft in 2006 and was eventually called up to the Seattle Supersonics. Reggie Williams slipped all the way to the third round in 2009, but defied the odds to join the Golden State Warriors. Most recently, DeAndre Liggins was called up to the Miami Heat after being taken in the first round in 2013 and is currently trying to lock down a roster spot with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Plus last year’s top choice Jabril Trawick continues to work closer to an NBA spot as well.
The 2016 NBA D-League Draft selection order was first determined using the reverse order of 2015-16 regular-season results, with the teams that did not qualify for the 2016 playoffs selecting before teams that did compete in postseason. The Draft order will also factor in trades, which are permitted for periods until Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. ET. The final 2016 NBA D-League Draft order will be posted on nba.com/dleague on Oct. 29 after any potential trades have been completed.
Three new teams, the Greensboro Swarm, Long Island Nets and Windy City Bulls, will pick between the playoff and non-playoff teams in the reverse order of the 2016 Expansion Draft. The Northern Arizona Suns (formerly Bakersfield Jam) and Salt Lake City Stars (formerly Idaho Stampede) will pick in place of their former identities.
The NBA D-League’s 16th season tips off on Nov. 11 with a record 22 teams with the Sioux Falls Skyforce raising the banner at the Sanford Pentagon November 12 against the Salt Lake City Stars. Following the Draft, teams will hold training camps beginning on Oct. 31, and will trim their rosters to 10 players on Nov. 10, in advance of the start of the season.
To date, the order for the first round of the 2016 NBA D-League Draft is as follows:
1 Erie BayHawks
2 Santa Cruz Warriors
3 Oklahoma City Blue
4 Fort Wayne Mad Ants
5 Grand Rapids Drive (from Salt Lake City)
6 Grand Rapids Drive
7 Delaware 87ers
8 Northern Arizona Suns
9 Texas Legends
10 Santa Cruz Warriors (from Raptors)
11 Iowa Energy
12 Windy City Bulls
13 Greensboro Swarm
14 Long Island Nets
15 Salt Lake City Stars (from Los Angeles)
16 Westchester Knicks
17 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
18 Austin Spurs
19 Canton Charge
20 Maine Red Claws
21 Rio Grande Valley Vipers (From Reno)
22 Sioux Falls Skyforce