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NBA D-Leauge showcase comes to Orem

Published January 4, 2009 12:31 am

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The basics

What » NBA Developmental League Showcase

When » Monday through Thursday

Where » McKay Events Center, Orem

Who » All 16 D-League teams play two games during the Showcase.

Why » Think of it as a mid-season summer league, where players and coaches can be scouted at the same location by NBA teams. Remember, players can start signing 10-day contracts this week.

Tickets » Passes for all 16 games cost $125, $75, $60 and $30 are available by calling 801-434-4667. Single-day and single-game tickets are also available at the McKay Center.

The schedule

Monday

11 a.m. » Sioux Falls vs. Albuquerque

1:45 p.m. » Austin vs. Colorado

4:30 p.m. » Los Angeles vs. Bakersfield

7:15 p.m. » Reno vs. Rio Grande Valley

Tuesday

11 a.m. » Idaho vs. Fort Wayne

1:45 p.m. » Iowa vs. Dakota

4:30 p.m. » Erie vs. Tulsa

7:15 p.m. » Anaheim vs. Utah

Wednesday

11 a.m. » Rio Grande Valley vs. Sioux Falls

1:45 p.m. » Fort Wayne vs. Iowa

4:30 p.m. » Albuquerque vs. Erie

7:15 p.m. » Dakota vs. Reno

Thursday

11 a.m. » Tulsa vs. Idaho

1:45 p.m. » Colorado vs. Anaheim

1:45 p.m. » Bakersfield vs. Austin

7:15 p.m. » Los Angeles vs. Utah

On assignment from the NBA

Alando Tucker, Iowa Energy (Phoenix) » After breaking Michael Finley's all-time scoring record at Wisconsin, the Suns selected him with the 29th pick in the 2007 draft.

Joey Dorsey, Rio Grande Valley Vipors (Houston) » A college teammate of Derrick Rose, he helped Memphis win the 2008 NCAA championship. He was the 33rd pick in the NBA draft.

J.R. Giddens, Utah Flash (Boston) » The Mountain West Conference Co-Player of the Year as a senior at New Mexico, he was the 30th pick in last summer's draft.

Billy Walker, Utah Flash (Boston) » From Kansas State, he injured a knee during a pre-draft workout at Golden State. Still, Washington took him at No. 47 and traded to Boston.

Cheikh Samb, Colorado 14ers (Denver) » Drafted by the Lakers and traded to Detroit, he spent two years in Spain before going to Denver as part of the Iverson-Billups trade.

Sonny Weems, Colorado 14ers (Denver) » He attended Arkansas. Chicago selected him in the second round of the draft (39th overall) before he was traded to the Nuggets.

Sean Williams, Colorado 14ers (New Jersey) » From Boston College, he was the 17th pick in the 2007 draft. As a rookie, he averaged 5.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in 73 games for the Nets.

Malik Hairston, Austin Toros (San Antonio) » From Oregon, Phoenix drafted Hairston with the 48th pick. He was traded to the Spurs, who sent him to the D-League on Dec. 26.

Sloan-grown coaches

Scott Roth, Bakersfield Jam, head coach » He spent parts of two season with the Jazz and appeared in six playoff games in 1988. He also played for San Antonio and Minnesota.

Jay Humphries, Reno Bighorns, head coach » He averaged 7.6 points and 3.3 assists in 2½ years with the Jazz, who traded him to Boston midway through the 1994-95 season.

Randy Livingston, Idaho Stampede, assistant » He played 17 games for the Jazz in 2004-05. A former D-League MVP, he played for six other NBA teams before retiring in 2007.

You know these guys

Mateen Cleaves (Bakersfield Jam) » At Michigan State, he was named MVP of the 2000 Final Four. He was the No. 14 pick in the draft and has played in the NBA with Detroit, Sacramento, Boston and Cleveland.

Luke Jackson (Idaho Stampede) » The No. 10 pick in the 2004 draft, Jackson has played with Cleveland, Boston, Toronto, Miami and the L.A. Clippers in the NBA. He averages 14 points a game this season.

Coby Karl (Idaho Stampede) » The son of Denver Nuggets coach George Karl who played at Boise State, he has overcome a cancer scare and continued his career. He spent last season with the L.A. Lakers.

Brandon Heath (Los Angeles D-Fenders) » He attended San Diego State, where he ended up as the leading scorer in school history. He averages 18.1 points a game this season after spending a year in France.

Patrick Ewing Jr. (Reno Bighorns) » He is the son of Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing. He was the No. 43 pick in last summer's draft. He went to camp with New York but was waived just before the start of the season.

Smush Parker (Rio Grande Valley Vipors) » Perhaps the most accomplished player in the D-League, Parker spent 2005-06 and '06-07 with the L.A. Lakers. In one stretch, he started 62 straight games, averaging 11.5 points.

Josh Davis (Colorado 14ers) » After attending Wyoming, he spent time in the NBA with Milwaukee, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Houston and Phoenix. This year, he went to training camp with Indiana but was waived.

The Utah connection

Lance Allred, Idaho Stampede (Weber State) » After starting his collegiate career at Utah, he transferred to Weber State. He averaged 16.2 points last year for the Stampede before spending the last month of the season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the first legally deaf player in NBA history.

Keith McLeod, Albuquerque Thunderbirds (Utah Jazz) » He played 119 games over two seasons with the Jazz, averaging 6.6 points and 3.3 assists. In 2005-06, McLeod briefly started ahead of then-rookie Deron Williams. After the season, the Jazz sent him to Golden State as part of the Derek Fisher trade.

Eddie Gill, Colorado 14ers (Weber State) » He has spent time with five different NBA teams -- New Jersey, Memphis, Portland, Indiana and Seattle (now Oklahoma City). He has also played in Greece, Russia and Spain. In Colorado, he averages 15.5 points and 7.9 assists this season.

Ryan Humphrey, Tulsa 66ers (Utah Jazz) » Don't recognize this name? That's understandable. The Jazz drafted him in the first round in 2002, but immediately traded Humphrey to Orlando for Stanford center Curtis Borchardt.

Keep an eye on …

Will Conroy, Albuquerque » A Developmental League veteran, Conroy has spent time in the NBA with Memphis and the L.A. Clippers. He is the D-League's leading scorer this season, averaging 24.6 points per game.

What they're saying

"The Showcase is a proven platform for the best basketball players in the world -- outside of the NBA -- to impress NBA personnel evaluators from all 30 teams. I know that the fans in Utah will enjoy and support this exciting basketball experience, just as they do with the Jazz and the Flash."

-- D-League president Dan Reed

"The D-League Showcase is a great place to scout. It provides a tremendous opportunity to watch players compete for a job, all in a single location."

-- Jazz vice president of basketball operations Kevin O'Connor

"The Showcase represents one of the largest events to ever come to Utah County. We estimate the economic impact on the state and county will be between $750,000 and $1 million. National and international media exposure that comes to the state is also a large part of the Showcase."

--Utah Flash owner Brandt Andersen

"The Showcase will provide the league, its players, coaches and front office personnel the perfect opportunity to give back to the people of Utah, who have been so generous with their support of the Flash and the D-League as a whole."

-- Kevin Carr, Senior Director of Player Development