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The Texas Legends Will Draft The Los Angeles D-Fenders Next Week. Excited?!

I wonder why J.R. Slagendorff wasn't included in this picture?

I wonder why J.R. Slagendorff wasn't included in this picture?

The NBA Development League's new team, the Texas Legends, will take the first step towards formulating their roster for the upcoming 2010-11 season with the 2010 NBA D-League Expansion Draft.

The Expansion Draft pool will be comprised of 14 players from the 2009-10 "Returning Player List" from the Los Angeles D-Fenders, which will be on hiatus during the 2010-11 NBA D-League season. Of the 14, the Legends will select 10.

The above is from a press release I received in my inbox Thursday morning, but just decided to bring it to you now because I wasn't sure how to present it to my loyal subjects readers.  

I mean, do we really need to call it an expansion draft if it's just one team taking over another team's roster?  And if the D-Fenders are indeed coming back, do they get to do an expansion draft of the Legends' roster next offseason?  And if JWoww and Snooki wanted to be such good friends, why did they write that note to Sammi when they knew it would just cause drama in the Jersey Shore house?

Even though I don't have any definitive answers to my previous questions (I'm guessing "no", "no" and "I hope we find out next week"), I do have the 14 players that the Legends will be able to pick their 10 from:

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. College

Keith Clark F 6-8 245 Oklahoma
Joe Crawford G 6-5 210 Kentucky
Michael Fey C 7-0 270 UCLA
Ryan Forehan-Kelly G/F 6-6 195 California
Gabriel Hughes C 7-0 240 California
Lawrence McKenzie G 6-2 190 Minnesota
James Peters F 6-8 215 UNLV
Ray Reese F 6-5 210 Tulsa
Frank Robinson G 6-4 220 Cal-State Fullerton
Diamon Simpson F 6-7 230 St. Mary's (CA)
Dar Tucker G 6-4 205 DePaul
Rodney Webb F 6-7 240 Florida Atlantic
Horace Wormely G 5-7 160 Vanguard
James Wright G 6-1 185 Colorado

If you want to know how I'd "draft" them, keep reading.

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  1. Joe Crawford - He'll probably be invited to an NBA training camp, but if he doesn't make it, I think it'd behoove him to come back to the D-League at least until call-ups happen.
  2. James Peters - Peters is a versatile D-League veteran.  He's definitely not a defender, but can create enough matchup problems on the offensive end that he's worth picking up since he hasn't signed overseas yet.
  3. Dar Tucker - Tucker is still young - and pretty raw - but his athleticism won't hurt Nancy Lieberman's squad. Plus, he's probably a lock to come back to the D-League which isn't guaranteed for many of the players on this list.
  4. Ryan Forehan-Kelly - Because I would hate to lose my favorite RFK supporter/commenter, gpralph.
  5. Gabriel Hughes - Anytime you can bring a 7-footer who can rebound and play defense onto a D-League team, you do it.
  6. Keith Clark - I believe Keith Clark was waived due to injury last season, but don't remember the exact injury. Since he hasn't signed yet, might as well put him on the list of prospective players Texas can bring to camp.
  7. Rodney Webb - Webb wasn't a standout player with either Bakersfield or LA last season, but he's still available and could be a useful training camp body if nothing else.
  8. Frank Robinson - Robinson would have been a great player for the Legends, but he's already playing over in Israel.  Still, may as well grab his rights just in case.
  9. Michael Fey - Fey's the offensive version of Hughes, but recently signed in Japan.
  10. Diamon Simpson - Best player on the list, but odds are he probably won't play in the D-League next season since he's already signed in Turkey.

Why would the Legends select three players that are already signed overseas instead of a player that could contribute right away, you ask?  Because if those players do decide to come back, the Legends would be wise to have the option of adding them to their roster - or trading them - instead of "drafting" a player that would be easily replaced in the actual D-League Draft.

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Sorry to say this

but thems some slim pickings for the Legends.

by Surujh Operator on Aug 29, 2010 5:16 AM EDT reply actions  

Blame the Lakers

Or the fact that they weren’t interested in their D-League team, anyway.

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by Scott Schroeder on Aug 29, 2010 9:14 PM EDT up reply actions  

Yeah, they were quick to

owning the rights to their own D-League team, but then never really nurtured or cultivated it into a productive organization. I mean, NBA Championships are less dependant on a farm system feeding the big club than say the Yankees growing Jeter, Mariano, Bernie Williams, etc… from their farm system. But still, boooooo Lakers.

by Surujh Operator on Aug 30, 2010 10:45 AM EDT up reply actions  

No Lawrence McKenzie?!

For shame.

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by Michael Levin on Aug 29, 2010 1:19 PM EDT reply actions  

Ha

Lawrence McKenzies are a dime a dozen in the D-League.
Seriously.

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by Scott Schroeder on Aug 29, 2010 9:15 PM EDT up reply actions  

Not in my heart.

Ask John Mayer.

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by Michael Levin on Aug 31, 2010 11:35 AM EDT up reply actions  

These are just the rights, right?

I expect about 6 to sign on with the new team. Does the Legends get high picks in the draft or what?

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by tomkanti on Aug 30, 2010 1:04 AM EDT reply actions  

Just the rights

I’d take the under on six players to sign with the D-League at the beginning of the season, too.
Draft order is completely random – and not set yet – but the Legends won’t get any special privileges since they’re starting in the same position as the D-Fenders (an established team) would have been.

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by Scott Schroeder on Aug 30, 2010 2:33 PM EDT up reply actions  

Draft Rights Ryan Forehan-Kelly

Ok. Time for open Kimono. After all of my rants and raves about RFK I must admit I am a bit of a homer as he is my son-in-law. He is off to Japan to play with JR Henderson, aka JR Sakaragi in the JBL League with Aisin. Although he came close (according to Kupchak and Lester) to getting to the bigs apparently something was lacking in his game. At 30, he has succumbed to the notion of actually getting paid to play the game he loves. Two years of DLeague pay, a marriage and a new son (my first grandson) finally cast that die. I am still a firm believer that he could have been a productive player somewhere in the bigs (Jim Cleamons loves the guy). His game is no different than Matt Barnes’, except Ryan can shoot. Oh well, it was a great run. He will go down as one of the best threepoint shooters in DLeague history. He has that going for him. Thanks for putting up with my homerism’s. What could have been……………..sayonara.

by gpralph on Aug 30, 2010 4:25 PM EDT reply actions  

Thanks for the comment

Congrats on the grandson!

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by Scott Schroeder on Aug 30, 2010 5:12 PM EDT up reply actions  

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