Lamb, Marshall, Jenkins, Jones Latest First-Round Picks in D-League Parade (UPDATED)

When Jeremy Lamb, Kendall Marshall, John Jenkins and Perry Jones heard NBA Commissioner David Stern call their names during the NBA Draft last June, they probably didn’t expect this bump in the road.

On Thursday, Lamb, out of UConn, and Marshall, from North Carolina, were among the latest in a parade of  2012 draft picks sent to the NBA D-League.

On Saturday, the Atlanta Hawks assigned both Jenkins, the No. 23 pick in the draft out of Vanderbilt, and Mike Scott of Virginia, the No. 43 pick, to the D-League.

And on Monday, the Oklahoma City Thunder sent down Perry Jones, the former Baylor star picked No. 28 in the draft.

All told, seven first-round picks from last year’s draft have been assigned to the D-League, and 13 drafted players overall. Only one of the seven first-rounders — Duke’s Miles Plumlee — spent four years in college. To read more of this story, click here

Machado, Joseph, Melo to the D-League

Three former Northeast college stars are headed to the NBA D-League.

The Houston Rockets on Wednesday assigned former Iona point guard Scott Machado to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers., their D-League affiliate.

Undrafted out of Iona in 2012, Machado appeared in six preseason games with the Rockets, averaging 3.5 points, 5.3 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 13.5 minutes.

Houston previously sent Royce White to the D-League and he skipped Monday’s game and Tuesday’s practice for reasons that went unexplained.

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Hornets Send Former KU Guard Henry to D-League

The New Orleans Hornets have sent second-year guard Xavier Henry to the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Henry has appeared in 24 games for the Hornets this season, averaging 5.0 points, 1.9 rebounds and 14.3 minutes.  In his 62-game NBA career, he has averaged 4.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 14.0 minutes.

Originally selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 12th overall pick of  the 2010 NBA Draft, Henry joined the Hornets as part of a three-team trade on Jan. 4.

In one season at Kansas, Henry averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals.

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Duke's Lance Thomas Gets Shot in NBA

NEW YORK — Lance Thomas admits there were times last year when he wondered if he would ever make it to the NBA from the D-League.

“I just knew I had to work that much harder to basically show I can play at this level,” the Brooklyn-born Thomas told Friday night at Madison Square Garden before the New Orleans Hornets snapped the Knicks’ seven-game winning streak, 89-85.

“So I did everything in my power. I got stronger, I improved a lot on my offensive game. I even improved more on the defensive end. I just found a way.” To read more of this story, click here

Before the Knicks, Linsanity Reigned in the D-League

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Before about a week ago, the Erie (Pa.) BayHawks’ most famous alumnus was Ivan Johnson, a rookie forward now averaging 5.5 points a game with the Atlanta Hawks.

“We had Ivan Johnson last year,” Erie coach Jay Larranaga told Monday during a phone interview. “He’s been a pretty big story for the Hawks who we’re very proud of as well.”

As grand as Johnson’s stint in Erie was — he averaged 22.6 points in 49 games with the NBA D-League outfit — he has already been supplanted in BayHawks’ lore. To read more of this story, click here

Josh Selby to the D-League

The Memphis Grizzlies on Monday assigned former Kansas guard Josh Selby to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League.

The 6-foot-2 Selby appeared in 18 games for the Grizzlies this season, averaging 2.9 points and 1.4 assists on 39 percent shooting in 10.3 minutes

After one season at Kansas, Selby was originally selected 49th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. He averaged 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 26 games at Kansas.

Selby was expected to join the Bighorns Monday and be available Tuesday when the team hosts the Austin Toros.

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Rafer Alston Hopes for Return to NBA

Rafer Alston may be the only high school basketball coach competing in the NBA D-League.

Alston, 35, is taking a break from coaching Humble (Texas) Christian Life Center in order to get his own playing career back on track.

“I’m just trying to open eyes again and let people know I still got a lot in the tank and just compete,” Alston, now with the LA Defenders, told in his first interview since returning to the pros. To read more of this story, click here