Recent Posts
Connect with Zags:
Monday / February 20.

Yogi Ferrell, Quinn Cook, Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson, Chris McCullough Highlight NBA D-League All-Star Game Roster

Share Zagsblog Share Zagsblog

Two dozen top NBA D-League players, including 15 with NBA experience, have been selected to play in the 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Game, which tips off on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. ET from Superdome in New Orleans.

Six current NBA players, including five who have earned Call-Ups to the NBA this season, highlight the 12-man East and West rosters.  The East team features Yogi Ferrell (Long Island Nets/Dallas Mavericks), Ray McCallum (Grand Rapids Drive/Charlotte Hornets) and Chris McCullough (Long Island Nets/Brooklyn Nets).  The West team is headlined by Johnny O’Bryant III (Northern Arizona Suns/Denver Nuggets), Briante Weber (Sioux Falls Skyforce/Golden State Warriors) and Okaro White (Sioux Falls Skyforce/Miami Heat). Ferrell will sign a two-year deal with the Mavericks after his current 10-day expires.

An additional nine players with NBA experience have been selected to play in the 11th annual game: Anthony Brown (Erie BayHawks), Eric Moreland (Canton Charge) and Edy Tavares (Raptors 905) in the East, and Keith Benson (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Vander Blue (Los Angeles D-Fenders), Justin Harper (Los Angeles D-Fenders), Pierre Jackson (Texas Legends), Cory Jefferson (Austin Spurs) and JaKarr Sampson (Iowa Energy) in the West.

The East team, coached by two-time NBA All-Star and Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse, is rounded out by Quinn Cook (Canton Charge), Marcus Georges-Hunt (Maine Red Claws), Jalen Jones (Maine Red Claws), Shawn Long (Delaware 87ers), Abdel Nader (Maine Red Claws) and Alex Poythress (Fort Wayne Mad Ants).

The West team also includes Dennis Clifford (Santa Cruz Warriors), Dakari Johnson (Oklahoma City Blue) and Josh Magette (Los Angeles D-Fenders).  Los Angeles D-Fenders head coach Coby Karl, an NBA and NBA D-League veteran, will lead the West.  Johnson was also named D-League Performer of the Week.

Six of the NBA D-League’s top 10 scorers were selected as All-Stars, with Cook (25.8 ppg), Blue (24.8 ppg) and Nader (22.5 ppg) ranking in the top five.  Three of the league’s top five rebounders will also play in the game: Moreland (11.7 rpg), Long (11.2 rpg) and Benson (10.7 rpg).  Magette (9.5 apg) leads the league in assists.

The 2017 NBA D-League All-Stars were selected by a combined vote of the league’s 22 head coaches and all players in the league on Jan. 29.  Players were eligible to be selected if they competed in at least half of their teams’ games through that date.  They must be on an active NBA D-League roster at the time of the All-Star Game to participate.  The league will replace any injured or ineligible players prior to the game.

The 2017 NBA D-League All-Star teams are below.


Player (Team)                                                 Pos.      Ht.              Wt.           Birthdate              College/Country

Anthony Brown (Erie)                                    G           6-7              211           10/10/1992           Stanford/USA

Quinn Cook (Canton)                                     G           6-2              179           3/23/1993             Duke/USA

Yogi Ferrell (Long Island)*                          G           6-0              178           5/9/1993               Indiana/USA

Marcus Georges-Hunt (Maine)                     F            6-6              220           3/28/1994             Georgia Tech/USA

Jalen Jones (Maine)                                        F            6-7              220           5/27/1993             Texas A&M/USA

Shawn Long (Delaware)                                 C           6-9              248           1/29/1993             Louisiana-Lafayette/USA

Ray McCallum (Grand Rapids)*                  G           6-3              190           6/12/1991             Detroit/USA

Chris McCullough (Long Island)*               F            6-9              199           2/5/1995               Syracuse/USA

Eric Moreland (Canton)                                 F            6-10            249           12/24/1991           Oregon State/USA

Abdel Nader (Maine)                                      F            6-8              225           9/25/1993             Iowa State/Egypt

Alex Poythress (Fort Wayne)                       F            6-7              235           9/6/1993               Kentucky/USA

Edy Tavares (Raptors 905)                            C           7-2              260           3/22/1992             Cape Verde

Head Coach: Jerry Stackhouse (Raptors 905)

Assistant Coaches: Donnie Tyndall (Raptors 905), David Gale (Raptors 905), Nathaniel Mitchell (Raptors 905), John Corbacio (Raptors 905), Nicki Gross (Raptors 905)

Athletic Trainer: Giovanni Sardella (Raptors 905)



Player (Team)                                                 Pos.      Ht.              Wt.           Birthdate              College/Country

Keith Benson (Sioux Falls)                            C           6-11            235           8/13/1988             Oakland/USA

Vander Blue (Los Angeles)                            G           6-4              200           7/17/1992             Marquette/USA

Dennis Clifford (Santa Cruz)                        C           7-1              260           2/29/1992             Boston College/USA

Justin Harper (Los Angeles)                          F            6-10            225           8/30/1989             Richmond/USA

Pierre Jackson (Texas)                                   G           5-11            176           8/29/1991             Baylor/USA

Cory Jefferson (Austin)                                  F            6-9              218           12/26/1990           Baylor/USA

Dakari Johnson (Oklahoma City)                 C           7-0              255           9/22/1995             Kentucky/USA

Josh Magette (Los Angeles)                           G           6-1              160           11/28/1989           Alabama-Huntsville/USA

Johnny O’Bryant III (Northern Arizona)*  F            6-9              257           6/1/1993                Louisiana State/USA

JaKarr Sampson (Iowa)                                 F            6-9              207           3/20/1993             St. John’s/USA

Briante Weber (Sioux Falls)*                        G           6-2              165           12/29/1992           Va. Commonwealth/USA

Okaro White (Sioux Falls)*                           F            6-8              215           8/13/1992             Florida State/USA

Head Coach: Coby Karl (Los Angeles)

Assistant Coaches: Paul Woolpert (Los Angeles), Brian Walsh (Los Angeles), Isaiah Fox (Los Angeles)

Athletic Trainer: Heather Mau (Los Angeles)

Facebook Comments
Written by

Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.