ALEX STEPHESON NAMED 2016 NBA D-LEAGUE ALL-STAR
(January 29, 2016) Des Moines, Iowa – The NBA D-League announced today Iowa Energy center Alex Stepheson has been named a 2016 NBA D-League All-Star. Stepheson will play for the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
Stepheson (6-10, 249) leads the league in rebounding with 13.3 rebounds per game. The USC product also leads the lead in double-doubles with 21, including 18 of the last 19 games. Stepheson has started all 26 games for the Energy and has posted averages of 15.7 points, 13.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 34.3 minutes.
Below is the NBA D-League’s Release:
NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2016 – Twenty-four top NBA Development League prospects, including 16 with NBA experience, have been selected to play in the 10th NBA D-League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire. The game, which tips off at 2 p.m. ET at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum on Saturday, Feb. 13, will air live on NBA TV and NBA TV Canada.
Eight current NBA players highlight the rosters of the Eastern and Western Conference teams, with the East squad boasting Keith Appling (Erie/Orlando), Rakeem Christmas (Fort Wayne/Indiana), Sean Kilpatrick (Delaware/Denver), Jordan McRae (Delaware), Jordan Mickey (Maine/Boston) and Jarnell Stokes (Sioux Falls/Miami). West All-Stars Jeff Ayres (Idaho/L.A. Clippers) and Erick Green (Reno/Utah) complete the list.
Four additional players with NBA experience join the East ranks: Lorenzo Brown (Grand Rapids), Jimmer Fredette (Westchester), DeAndre Liggins (Sioux Falls) and Ronald Roberts, Jr. (Raptors). An additional four such players are featured on the West team: Vander Blue (Los Angeles), Justin Harper (Los Angeles), Orlando Johnson (Austin) and Elliot Williams (Santa Cruz).
The East is rounded out by Tre Kelley (Sioux Falls) and Alex Stepheson (Iowa), while the West’s roster is completed with Brandon Ashley (Texas), Will Cummings (Rio Grande Valley), Micheal Eric (Texas), Vincent Hunter (Reno), Xavier Munford (Bakersfield) and Raphiael Putney (Rio Grande Valley).
All 10 of the NBA D-League’s top scorers were selected as All-Stars, with Williams averaging a league-best 29.7 points and Kilpatrick (27.1 ppg) and Green (26.7 ppg) ranking second and third, respectively. The league’s top three rebounders will also be suiting up as All-Stars in Toronto: Stepheson (13.3 rpg), Roberts (12.2 rpg) and Hunter (11.0rpg).
The 2016 NBA D-League All-Stars were selected by a vote of the league’s 19 head coaches. Players were eligible to be selected if they competed in at least half of their team’s games through Jan. 24. They must be on an active NBA D-League roster at the time of the All-Star Game in order to compete. The league will replace any ineligible players prior to the game.
The Western Conference All-Stars will be coached by Austin Spurs head coach Ken McDonald and his staff, while the Eastern Conference All-Star squad will be led by Sioux Falls Skyforce head coach Dan Craig and his assistants.
NBA D-League All-Star 2016 gets underway with a pregame Three-Point Contest featuring six of the league’s premier long-range shooters. Six acrobatic dunkers will compete in NBA D-League Slam Dunk presented by Verizon during the All-Star Game’s halftime break.
The 2016 NBA D-League All-Star teams are below.
EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS
Player (Team) Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate College/Country
Keith Appling (Erie)* G 6-1 190 2/13/1992 Michigan State/USA
Lorenzo Brown (Grand Rapids) G 6-5 189 8/26/1990 North Carolina St./USA
Rakeem Christmas (Fort Wayne)* C 6-10 239 12/1/1991 Syracuse/USA
Jimmer Fredette (Westchester) G 6-2 195 2/25/1989 Brigham Young/USA
Tre Kelley (Sioux Falls) G 6-0 187 1/23/1985 South Carolina/USA
Sean Kilpatrick (Delaware)* G 6-4 219 1/6/1990 Cincinnati/USA
DeAndre Liggins (Sioux Falls) F 6-6 204 3/31/1988 Kentucky/USA
Jordan McRae (Delaware)* G 6-5 179 3/28/1991 Tennessee/USA
Jordan Mickey (Maine)* F 6-8 235 7/9/1994 Louisiana State/USA
Ronald Roberts Jr. (Raptors) F 6-8 225 8/5/1991 St. Josephs/USA
Alex Stepheson (Iowa) C 6-10 249 8/7/1987 Southern California/USA
Jarnell Stokes (Sioux Falls)* F 6-7 250 1/7/1994 Tennessee/USA
Head Coach: Ken McDonald (Austin)
Assistant Coaches: AJ Diggs (Austin), Patrick Mutombo (Austin)
Athletic Trainers: Keith Abrams (Austin)
WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS
Player (Team) Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate College/Country
Brandon Ashley (Texas) F 6-8 228 7/15/1994 Arizona/USA
Jeff Ayres (Idaho)* C 6-10 240 4/29/1987 Arizona State/USA
Vander Blue (Los Angeles) G 6-4 200 7/22/1992 Marquette/USA
Will Cummings (Rio Grande Valley) G 6-2 185 10/7/1992 Temple/USA
Micheal Eric (Texas) C 6-10 240 6/24/1988 Temple/USA
Erick Green (Reno)* G 6-3 178 8/5/1994 Virginia Tech/USA
Justin Harper (Los Angeles) F 6-10 225 8/30/1989 Richmond/USA
Vincent Hunter (Reno) F 6-8 208 5/9/1991 Texas-El Paso/USA
Orlando Johnson (Austin) G 6-5 220 3/11/1989 UC Santa Barbara/USA
Xavier Munford (Bakersfield) G 6-5 180 6/1/1992 Rhode Island/USA
Raphiael Putney (Rio Grande Valley) F 6-10 185 4/21/1990 Massachusetts/USA
Elliot Williams (Santa Cruz) G 6-5 183 6/20/1989 Memphis/USA
Head Coach: Dan Craig (Sioux Falls)
Assistant Coaches: Octavio De La Grana (Sioux Falls), Corey Belser (Sioux Falls)
Athletic Trainer: Dustin Schramm (Sioux Falls)
* – Indicates a player currently in the NBA