Not quite the hardware haul of 2016, but this year two Sioux Falls Skyforce players earn multiple season-ending honors.

Center Keith Benson was one of the top five players in the league as were two other centers. Guard Briante Weber can stake a claim to a slot on the All-NBA D-League second team. More than that, both Benson and Weber were named to the All-Defensive squad. One other distinction for both of those players included Player of the Month honors in December for Benson and Weber in January.

The league’s 22 head coaches selected three five-man teams as the best in the league which admittedly are more guard heavy in the second and third teams. Panelists also chose the five best rookies and defenders for season-ending honors.

Weber who finished the year with Charlotte, collected five triple-doubles and was one steal away from the first quadruple-double in league history. Benson averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per game and posted a league best 32 double-doubles.

As for those other two big men who join Benson on the first team, Edy Tavares is with the Cleveland Cavaliers after tearing up the league for Raptors 905 and being named Defensive Player of the Year. Dakari Johnson of the Oklahoma City Blue is the other center who led his mates to a division title and the Western Conference finals. Rounding out the first team are Quinn Cook of Canton who was called up to New Orleans and League MVP Vander Blue of the Los Angeles Defenders.

SECOND TEAM

Shawn Long – Delaware 87ers
Josh Magette – Los Angeles
Abdel Nader – Maine
Alex Poythress – Fort Wayne
Briante Weber – Sioux Falls

THIRD TEAM

Marcus Georges-Hunt – Maine
John Holland – Canton
Jalen Jones – Maine
Eric Moreland – Canton
Axel Toupane – Raptors 905

2016-17 NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Jalen Jones – Maine
Abdel Nader – Maine
David Nwaba – Los Angeles
Alex Poythress – Fort Wayne
Isaiah Taylor – Rio Grande Valley

2016-17 ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Keith Benson – Sioux Falls
Eric Moreland – Canton
David Nwaba – Los Angeles
Edy Tavares – Raptors 905
Briante Weber – Sioux Falls

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