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Sunday / January 20.
  • Yogi Ferrell, Quinn Cook, Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson, Chris McCullough Highlight NBA D-League All-Star Game Roster

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    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)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. 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.