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Johnny O’Bryant Named an NBA D-League All-Star

07 February 2017   Jake Withee
Matt Hinshaw/NAZ Suns

O’Bryant earns the first All-Star honor by a NAZ Suns player in team history

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. -- The NBA Development League announced today that current Denver Nuggets and former Northern Arizona Suns forward/center Johnny O’Bryant has been named an NBA D-League All-Star.

O’Bryant played in 24 games (all starts) with the Suns this season and posted averages of 18.4 points on 46.0 percent shooting and 8.6 rebounds in 32.2 minutes per game.

The 6-foot 9-inch, 257-pound Louisiana State product also achieved 10 double-doubles for NAZ.

O’Bryant was one of 12 players named to the NBA D-League Western Conference All-Star team, joining Sioux Falls’ Keith Benson, Briante Weber and Okaro White, Los Angeles’ Vander Blue, Justin Harper and Josh Magette,  Santa Cruz’s Dennis Clifford, Texas’ Pierre Jackson, Austin’s Cory Jefferson, Oklahoma City’s Dakari Johnson and Iowa’s JaKarr Sampson. O’Bryant is one of six players named a D-League All-Star who is currently on an NBA roster, as Weber, White, Yogi Ferrell, Ray McCallum and Chris McCullough are also playing at the highest level.

The NBA D-League All-Star game presented by Kumho Tire will take place on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 12:30 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The game will be televised on NBA TV.

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 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.

O’Bryant was called up by the Nuggets on Jan. 26, and he agreed to a second 10-day contract with Denver today. He has scored seven points in 16 minutes in the two games he’s played for Denver this season.

He was the 11th D-League player at the time and first Suns player in team history to earn a GATORADE Call-Up.

The former Suns’ forward enjoyed a big season while with Northern Arizona. He was named the NBA D-League Performer of the Week for games played Jan. 9-15, when he averaged 24.0 points, 17.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.5 blocks per game that week.

He was also named a NBA D-League Showcase Honorable Mention for his performance in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

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NBA Veterans Headline Rosters For 2017 NBA Development League All-Star Game 

Presented By Kumho Tire


Six Current NBA Players Selected to Play in 11th All-Star Game 

NEW YORK, Feb. 6, 2017 – Two dozen top NBA Development League players, including 15 with NBA experience, have been selected to play in the 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire.  The game, which will air live on NBA TV, tips off on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. ET from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. 

Six current NBA players, including five who have earned GATORADE 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).

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.  

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)

* - Indicates a player currently in the NBA 

About the NBA Development League

The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory.  Featuring 22 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2016-17 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.  An all-time high 38 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2015-16 season boasted NBA D-League experience.  In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs.  NBA D-League games are available on ESPN’s family of networks, Facebook Live and NBA TV.