Current NBA Skyforce Alumni Would Be a Huge Starting Five
All 30 NBA teams have begun their 2014-15 seasons and there are five players on various squads who have donned a Skyforce jersey. Four of them were top-line front-liners when playing in Sioux Falls.
Headlining the parade is one-time assignee Amir Johnson who is now starting with the Toronto Raptors. During the previous two years, the athletic power forward has averaged double figures. Johnson kicks off his 10th year in the league with 16 points 10 rebounds and 4 blocks in a win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. Johnson last appeared with the Skyforce in 2007 on assignment with the Detroit Pistons.
Joining Johnson on the Raptors roster is center Greg Stiemsma who did not play on Wednesday. The former NBADL Defensive Player of the year has stuck in the NBA since 2011 splitting time with Boston, Minnesota and New Orleans.
Donald Sloan is continuing to build on a solid preseason with the Indiana Pacers. The guard from Texas A & M posted his first ever NBA double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds plus 6 assists from the starting lineup as the Pacers dumped the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Sloan appeared with the ‘Force back in 2013.
Center Alexis Ajinca got some limited action for the New Orleans Hornets during Tuesday night’s win against the Orlando Magic. At one time the 5-year NBA veteran appeared on assignment in Sioux Falls by way of Charlotte in 2009.
Most recently with the Skyforce is center Justin Hamilton of the Miami Heat. After missing most of the preseason with a heart ailment, the sweet shooting big man did not get off the bench during the opening win against the Wizards. He did have a pretty good view of James Ennis’ thunderous dunk over former D-Leaguer Rasual Butler.