Skyforce Imprint Reaches New Heights as NBA Season Begins
They are not exactly what you would call a perfect ten, but having that many former Skyforce players on NBA rosters is a good launching pad for a new season.
This list was up to fifteen at one time during the preseason. However, this shows the footprint of the Sioux Falls organization continues to grow which coincides with the partnership with the Miami Heat.
All the players who will be in uniform for their respective teams are listed below along with their preseason stat line. Plus the Skyforce mentioned in a press release that no other NBADL team has more than one player that ended last season on a D-League roster that made the jump to the NBA this fall.
Alexis Ajinca: New Orleans Avg. 14.7 minutes, 5.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 50% FG shooting in 5 games. Last in Sioux Falls: 2008-09 on assignment.
Justin Hamilton: Brooklyn Avg. 20.8 minutes, 9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 50% FG shooting 37% 3 point shooting in 5 games. Last in SF: 2013-14.
Amir Johnson: Boston Avg. 15 minutes 2.8 points 4.8rebounds in 6 games all starts on a team that has title aspirations. Last in SF: 2006-07 on assignment.
Tyler Johnson: Miami Avg. 20.4 minutes 11 points 2.3 assists 55% FG shooting, 62% 3 point shooting in 6 games. Last in SF: 2014-15.
DeAndre Liggins: Cleveland Avg. 20.7 minutes, 5.6 points, 3.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 43% FG shooting in 6 games. Last in SF: 2015-16.
Rodney McGruder: Miami Avg. 19.1 minutes 7.4 points, 41% FG shooting, in 8 games. Last in SF: 2015-16.
Shabazz Napier: Portland Avg. 15 min, 9.8 points, 47% FG shooting, 56% 3 point shooting, in 6 games. Last in SF: 2014-15 on assignment.
Josh Richardson: Miami but was on the sideline with an injured knee and will miss the first part of regular season. Last in SF: 2015-16 on assignment.
Jarnell Stokes: Denver Avg. 13 minutes, 5.6 points, 4 rebounds, 54% FG shooting in 8 games. Last in SF: 2015-16.
Hassan Whiteside Miami Avg. 22 min, 14.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 65% FG shooting in 6 games. Last in SF: 2015-16.
The NBA season tips off with DeAndre Liggins on the roster of the reigning champs in Cleveland as they face the Knicks.