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Posted: June 24th, 2010
D-League ties to 2010 NBA Draft….

Latavious Williams became the first player to go from high school to the D-League to the NBA. Has he started a trend?

1. D-League rookie power forward Latavious Williams was drafted by the Miami Heat in the second round, but was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The move makes sense because the Thunder are Tulsa’s lone NBA affiliate as they own the D-League franchise. The 6-8 Williams was set to go to Memphis coming out of high school, but didn’t qualify academically.

 So after failed attempts to go overseas, Williams went to the D-League where he was a first-round pick in 2009. Since his high school graduating class has been out of school a year, Williams became eligible for the NBA Draft.

In the D-League this past season, he averaged 7.7 points and shot 52.8 percent from the field in 47 regular-season games for the 66ers. In eight playoff games, Williams put up 11.3 points a game and shot 6.12 percent from the field. 

2. The Los Angeles Clippers drafted forward Al-Farouq-Aminu with the eighth overall pick. The Wake Forest star is the younger brother of Alade Aminu, who was a D-League rookie All-Star this past season.

Alade played for the Erie BayHawks before being traded to Bakersfield for guard Blake Ahearn. Aminu finished his season in the NBA with the Miami Heat.

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