2013 NBA Development League Draft to be Conducted Using Cisco WebEx Meeting Center for the Third Consecutive Year
On Friday, November 1, 2013 the 2013 NBA Development League Basketball Draft will take place via Cisco WebEx Meeting Center from the league’s New York City headquarters. This is the third consecutive year that the NBA D-League will be conducting its draft entirely through Cisco WebEx collaboration software.
The first eight picks are awarded to teams who did not qualify for the 2013 D-League playoffs in reverse order of their season records. This year, the Iowa Energy will select first of the league’s 17 teams in the eight-round draft with Rio Grande Valley Vipers second followed by the Reno Bighorns, Springfield Armor, Idaho Stampede and Texas Legends rounding out the first five selecting teams. The Delaware 87ers (who made their NBA D-League debut in the 2013-2014 season) will select ninth.
The remaining eight picks goes to those teams who did qualify for the 2013 NBA D-League playoffs and will pick in reverse order of their regular season record. The format will stand through the eight rounds other than in instances where teams previously acquired or traded their picks.
“More than 200 top young prospects will look to use the NBA D-League Draft as a springboard to their NBA dreams,” said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel for the NBA D-League. “With a number of players coming directly from NBA training camps, we’ve been impressed with the level of talent in this draft pool and look forward to welcoming these athletes to the NBA D-League.”
Last season, seven players chosen in the NBA D-League Draft had NBA experience at the time of their selection while an additional ten players from the last three draft classes had also logged NBA minutes.
Of the players chosen last season, 25 prospects went on to earn GATORADE Call Ups including Andrew Goudelock, Shelvin Mack, Chris Johnson, Travis Leslie, and Tim Ohlbrecht, all 2012 first-round picks.
No trades will be permitted during the draft and only players signed to an NBA Development League Standard Player Contract are eligible to be selected. The first six rounds of the Draft are mandatory, while teams may opt not to select players in the seventh and eighth rounds. All selected players are required to report to their NBA D-League training camp, which begin no earlier than Nov. 7.
Fans can follow the eight-round NBA D-League Draft on nba.com/dleague which will feature live, in-depth, pick-by-pick coverage.
The order for the first round of the 2013 NBA D-League Draft is as follows:
1. Iowa Energy
2. Rio Grande Valley Vipers (from Reno Bighorns)
3. Springfield Armor
4. Idaho Stampede
5. Texas Legends
6. Iowa Energy (from Los Angeles D-Fenders)
7. Sioux Falls Skyforce
8. Erie BayHawks
9. Delaware 87ers
10. Maine Red Claws
11. Tulsa 66ers
12. Austin Toros
13. Canton Charge (from Fort Wayne Mad Ants)
14. Canton Charge
15. Santa Cruz Warriors
16. Rio Grande Valley Vipers
17. Bakersfield Jam
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 14 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the league offers professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Thirty percent of players in the NBA at the end of the 2012-13 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. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com