Howard, Mitchell Highlight Mad Ants D-League Honors

NEW YORK, May 1, 2014 – Ron Howard (Fort Wayne Mad Ants) and Othyus Jeffers (Iowa Energy), the 2014 NBA Development League Co-Most Valuable Players, headline the 2014 NBA D-League First Team, as voted on by the league’s 17 head coaches.  Jeffers, currently a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, is one of three current NBA players on the First Team, including Robert Covington (Rio Grande Valley Vipers/Houston Rockets), and Justin Hamilton (Sioux Falls Skyforce/Miami Heat).  Kevin Murphy of the Idaho Stampede rounds out the five-player First Team.

 

Five additional players with NBA experience, including Jorge Gutierrez (Canton Charge/Brooklyn Nets) and Hilton Armstrong (Santa Cruz Warriors/Golden State Warriors) who are both in the midst of NBA playoff runs, headline the Second Team.  GATORADE Call-Ups DeAndre Liggins (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Chris Wright (Maine Red Claws/Milwauke Bucks) and James Nunnally (Texas Legends) complete the five-man squad.

 

The Third Team All NBA D-League also features five players with NBA experience, with Troy Daniels (Rio Grande Valley Vipers/Houston Rockets) highlighting the field.  Daniels is joined by GATORADE Call-Ups Seth Curry (Santa Cruz Warriors), Tony Mitchell (Fort Wayne Mad Ants), and Arinze Onuaku (Canton Charge).  Terrence Williams (Los Angeles D-Fenders) also joins the 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 11 earning GATORADE Call-Ups during the 2013-14 season and seven currently on NBA rosters.  Of those seven, four are on NBA teams currently competing in the Playoffs.

 

An additional 12 players earned All-NBA D-League Honorable Mentions, including Idaho’s Dee Bost, Iowa’s Patrick Christopher, Bakersfield’s Ike Diogu, Texas’ Melvin Ely, now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans,  Austin’s Courtney Fells, Maine’s Frank Gaines, Texas’ Damion James, now a member of the San Antonio Spurs, Springfield’s Darius Johnson-Odom, Santa Cruz’s Cameron Jones,  Fort Wayne’s Tim Ohlbrecht, and Reno/Springfield’s Willie Reed, now a member of the Sacramento Kings.

 

Fifteen first-year professionals were selected to the 2014 NBA D-League All-Rookie First, Second and Third teams.  The First Team is made up of 2014 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year Robert Covington, who played in Rio Grande Valley on assignment from the Rockets, along with Santa Cruz’s Curry, Maine’s Gaines, Springfield’s Adonis Thomas and Sioux Falls’ Alex Oriakhi. The Second Team is comprised of Daniels, Texas’ PJ Hairston, Los Angeles’ James Sutherland, now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, Tulsa’s Grant Jerrett, now a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Maine’s Zeke Marshall.  The Third Team features Fort Wayne’s Trey McKinney-Jones, Maine’s Chris Babb, now a member of the Boston Celtics, Iowa’s Jackie Carmichael, Erie’s CJ Leslie and Rio Grande Valley’s Jordan Henriquez.

 

The 2014 NBA D-League All-Defensive First Team is made up of Sioux Falls’ Liggins, the 2014 NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year, along with Canton’s Gutierrez, now playing for the Brooklyn Nets, 2014 NBA D-League Co-MVP Jeffers, Reno’s Mo Charlo, and Hamilton, now a member of the Miami Heat.  The Second Team includes Fort Wayne’s Sadiel Rojas, Iowa’s Christopher, Maine’s Wright, Reno/Springfield’s Reed, now a member of the Sacramento Kings, and Santa Cruz’s Armstrong, now a member of the Golden State Warriors.

 

The All-NBA Development League, All-Rookie and All-Defensive Team results are below.

 

2014 ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

Position                         Player                                   NBA D-League Team

Guard                             Ron Howard                          Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Guard                             Kevin Murphy                       Idaho Stampede

Forward                         Robert Covington *              Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Forward                         Othyus Jeffers*                    Iowa Energy

Center                            Justin Hamilton*                   Sioux Falls Skyforce

 

SECOND TEAM

Position                         Player                                   NBA D-League Team

Guard                             Jorge Gutierrez*                  Canton Charge

Guard                             DeAndre Liggins                   Sioux Falls Skyforce

Forward                         James Nunnally                     Texas Legends

Forward                         Chris Wright*                       Maine Red Claws

Center                            Hilton Armstrong*               Santa Cruz Warriors

 

THIRD TEAM

Position                         Player                                   NBA D-League Team

Guard                             Seth Curry                             Santa Cruz Warriors

Guard                             Troy Daniels*                        Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Forward                         Tony Mitchell                        Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Forward                         Terrence Williams               Los Angeles D-Fenders

Center                            Arinze Onuaku                     Canton Charge

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Position                         Player                                   NBA D-League Team

Guard                             Dee Bost                                Idaho Stampede

Guard                             Frank Gaines                         Maine Red Claws

Guard                             Cameron Jones                     Santa Cruz Warriors

Guard                             Mustafa Shakur                    Tulsa 66ers

Forward                         Patrick Christopher             Iowa Energy

Forward                         Ike Diogu                               Bakersfield Jam

Forward                         Courtney Fells                      Austin Toros

Forward                         Damion James*                    Texas Legends

Forward                         Darius Johnson-Odom         Springfield Armor

Center                            Melvin Ely                              Texas Legends

Center                            Tim Ohlbrecht                      Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Center                            Willie Reed*                         Reno Bighorns/Springfield Armor

 

2014 ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE ALL-ROOKIE TEAMS

 

FIRST TEAM

Position                         Player                                   NBA D-League Team

Guard                             Seth Curry                             Santa Cruz Warriors

Guard                             Frank Gaines                         Maine Red Claws

Forward                         Robert Covington *              Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Forward                         Adonis Thomas                     Springfield Armor

Center                            Alex Oriakhi                          Sioux Falls Skyforce

 

SECOND TEAM

Position                         Player                                   NBA D-League Team

Guard                             Troy Daniels*                        Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Guard                             PJ Hairston                            Texas Legends

Forward                         James Sutherland *              Los Angeles D-Fenders

Forward                         Grant Jerrett*                       Tulsa 66ers

Center                            Zeke Marshall                       Maine Red Claws

 

THIRD TEAM

Position                         Player                                   NBA D-League Team

Guard                             Chris Babb*                           Maine Red Claws

Guard                             Trey McKinney-Jones          Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Forward                         Jackie Carmichael                Iowa Energy

Forward                         CJ Leslie                                 Erie BayHawks

Center                            Jordan Henriquez                Rio Grande Valley Vipers

 

2014 ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

Position                         Player                                   NBA D-League Team

Guard                             Jorge Gutierrez*                  Canton Charge

Guard                             DeAndre Liggins                   Sioux Falls Skyforce

Forward                         Mo Charlo                             Reno Bighorns

Forward                         Othyus Jeffers*                    Iowa Energy

Center                            Justin Hamilton*                   Sioux Falls Skyforce

 

SECOND TEAM

Position                         Player                                   NBA D-League Team

Guard                             Patrick Christopher             Iowa Energy

Guard                             Sadiel Rojas                           Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Forward                         Chris Wright*                       Maine Red Claws

Forward                         Willie Reed*                         Reno Bighorns/Springfield Armor

Center                            Hilton Armstrong*               Santa Cruz Warriors

 

THIRD TEAM

Position                         Player                                   NBA D-League Team

Guard                             Chris Babb*                           Maine Red Claws

Guard                             Dee Bost                                Idaho Stampede

Forward                         Thanasis Antetokounmpo   Delaware 87ers

Forward                         Gilbert Brown                       Canton Charge

Center                            Mickell Gladness                  Reno Bighorns

 

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