I’m sitting here looking at the All-NBA D-League teams and that first-team squad is nice, but then I checked out the honorable mention list.
I could pick five guys from that list and seriously challenge the first team.
On the first team, you’ve got Curtis Stinson (Iowa Energy) and Reggie Williams (Sioux Falls Skyforce) at the guards, Mike Harris (Rio Grande Valley Vipers) and Cartier Martin (Iowa Energy) and the forwards and Dwayne Jones (Austin Toros) at center.
Big fan of Harris and Williams did his thing for the Golden State Warriors in averaging 15.2 points in 24 games for the NBA franchise.
The second team is pretty strong with Will Conroy (Rio Grande Valley) and Mustafa Shakur (Tulsa 66ers) and the guards, Alonzo Gee (Austin) and Rob Kurz (Fort Wayne Mad Ants) at the forwards and Brian Butch (Bakersfield Jam) at center.
Gee should stick in the NBA next season while Butch just gets it done.
The third team is solid with Antonio Anderson (Rio Grande Valley) and Curtis Jerrells (Austin) at the guards, Alade Aminu (Bakersfield) and Larry Owens (Tulsa) at the forwards and Earl Barron (Iowa) at center.
A former Erie BayHawk, Aminu has the talent to play in the league and Barron should already be there.
Then I looked at the honorable mention list and thought, man, I could pick five guys from that list and seriously challenge the first team.
First off, here’s the list.
Guards: Morris Almond (Springfield Armor), Desmon Farmer (Reno Bighorns), Orien Greene (Utah Flash), Cedric Jackson (Erie BayHawks), Coby Karl (Idaho Stampede), Keith McLeod (Albuquerque Thunderbirds) and Garrett Temple (Rio Grande Valley).
Forwards: Romel Beck (Dakota Wizards), Rod Benson (Reno), Bennett Davis (Utah), Trey Gilder (Albuquerque) Donell Taylor (Idaho).
Centers: John Bryant (Erie), Byron Mullens (Tulsa) and Greg Stiemsma (Sioux Falls).
Second, congratulations to Bryant, Jackson and Taylor, who started out with the Erie BayHawks before getting traded New Year’s Eve for Mike Gansey.
Now to my point.
I’d take Jackson, Almond, Beck, Benson and Stiemsma and they’d give the first team a run.
1. I got a big point guard in Jackson who can create for others and get to the rim. Almond and Beck can break the defense down two and all three can run pick and roll.
2. This season, Almond shot 38.1 percent from 3-point range while Beck made of his 3-point shots. Almond is 6-5 and Beck stands 6-6. Tough match ups even for the likes of Martin and Williams.
3. Now Harris is tough to handle in the paint and Jones is that banger who gets double-doubles, but with the 6-10 Benson and 6-11 Stiemsma, I got the height to combat things.
Stiemsma lead the D-League in shot blocks at 3.6 a game and Benson has shown he can score in the D-League playoffs (24 ppg. in three games).
I like my team. What ya’ll think?