Last night was a draft that most rookies don’t expect to be a part of, the NBA Developmental League draft. The draft pool consisted of drafted rookies who didn’t stick through the preseason (Magnum Rolle, Marqus Blakely), undrafted college superstars (Scottie Reynolds), and undrafted rookies who are looking for their first taste of professional basketball.
The first rookie off the board was Magnum Rolle, who heard his name called third by the Maine Redclaws. This was the second time Rolle was drafted this year, first being selected by the Indiana Pacers in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft in June. Recently, Magnum was the last player cut by the Indiana Pacers, which came as somewhat of a surprise. Rolle is definitely a project, but don’t be surprised to see him called up throughout the season for short stints.
Division 2 even gets love in the D-League with reigning Division 2 Player of the Year, Matt Rogers, going off the board fourth overall. A 6′ 11″ player that can stretch the floor, Rogers played pre-season with the Charlotte Bobcats, where he managed only one point in three games. He’ll be returning to Texas to play for the Texas Legends, following his college career at Southwest Baptist.
The last five picks of the first round featured three well known undrafted rookies. The 12th pick belonged to the Bakersfield Jam, who selected Marqus Blakely out of Vermont. Blakely is a do-it-all player, and a wonderful athlete, but lacks a position at the next level. He played this summer and preseason with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Coming off the board 13th was Scottie Reynolds, arguably the player with the most impressive resume in the draft. We all know Reynolds was an absolute stud at Villanova, and in his senior year was a first team All-American. Reynolds recently returned from his team in Italy, citing homesickness. It will be interesting to see how Reynolds plays in the D-League, but if he can score like he did in college, it wouldn’t surprise us to see him called up.
Next was Dominique Archie, a talented forward out of South Carolina who missed substantial stretches with injury. The Tulsa 66ers grabbed him and hope that he can return to the form that earned him Second Team All-SEC and Second Team All-Defense during his junior year.
Other notable rookies coming off the board: Lance Thomas (Duke, 19 overall), Marquis Gilstrap (Iowa State, 26), L.D. Williams (Wake Forest, 28), Michael Washington (Arkansas, 37), D’Andre Bell (Georgia Tech, 40), Brandon Knox (Auburn, 41), Corey Allmond (Sam Houston State, 42), Garrett Williamson (St. Joe’s, 51), Devin Sweetney (St. Francis, 52), Kelvin Lewis (Houston, 61), Brandon Hazzard (Troy, 107).
Many other rookies were selected, but the above were the most notable either for college performance, summer league performance, or name recognition.