Sioux Falls Skyforce Forward Demetris Nichols on NBADL First Team
Three players who spent time the Sioux Falls Skyforce during this past season were lauded with NBA Development League post-season awards. Two of them were on the NBADL first team and one other was honored for his defensive play.
Andrew Goudelock who was taken with the second overall choice in the 2012 NBADL Draft by Sioux Falls was named Most Valuable Player. Goudelock, now a current member of the Los Angeles Lakers, after finishing the season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers also headlines the D-League First Team, as voted on by the league’s 16 head coaches. Forward Demetris Nichols of Sioux Falls made the first team after averaging 18.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 49 games (all starts). Nichols was signed by Minnesota prior to the season then allocated to the Skyforce after the Timberwolves released him.
The rest of the first team includes Bakersfield Jam center Brian Butch, Jam guard Jerel McNeal, now a member of the Utah Jazz, and Tony Mitchell, the 2013 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year and a Fort Wayne Mad Ants forward.
The other player who spent time with the ‘Force gaining a post-season nod was Mark Tyndale who ended the season with the Maine Red Claws. Tyndale made the NBADL All-Defensive 3rd team.
In total, 13 of the 15 players selected to this year’s All-NBA D-League First, Second, and Third Teams have NBA experience, with eight earning GATORADE Call-Ups during the 2012-13 season and seven currently on NBA rosters. Of those seven, five are on NBA teams currently competing in the Playoffs.