Quantcast

2015 NBA Development League Finals: Santa Cruz Warriors Defeat Fort Wayne Mad Ants, 2-0

By Brian Kotloff | April 26, 2015

SERIES SCHEDULE

Game 1: SCW 119, FWN 115 | Game Info | Top Performer: Elliot Williams
Game 2: SCW 109, FWN 96 | Game Info | Top Performer: Darington Hobson

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

Game 1:

Game 2:


SERIES HEADLINES

FEATURED PROSPECTS

Aaron Craft

PG
9.2 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 6.2 APG, 1.7 TO/G

Elliot Williams

G
21.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 7.4 APG, 1.2 SPG

Mychel Thompson

SG/SF
14.2 PPG, 1.8 3FG/G, 37% 3FG, 1.2 SPG

 

Jordan Crawford

G
22.6 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.5 SPG

C.J. Fair

F
13.9 PPG, 48% FG, 5.7 RPG, 1.1 SPG

Trey McKinney-Jones

SG
12.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45% FG

 


MEET THE WARRIORS

NBA Affiliate: Golden State Warriors

Regular Season Record: 35-15

How They Got Here: Defeated the Oklahoma City Blue, 2-0 | Defeated Austin Spurs, 2-1

Key Stat(s): Like their NBA affiliate, the Warriors have played team ball en route to the league’s best record; Santa Cruz ranks first in defensive rating (99.6 points allowed per 100 possessions) and first in assist percentage (62%) – the percentage of their field goals that come via an assist.


MEET THE MAD ANTS

NBA Affiliates: Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards

Regular Season Record: 28-22

How They Got Here: Defeated the Maine Red Claws, 2-0 | Defeated Canton Charge, 2-0

Key Stat(s): With 13 NBA affiliates, the Mad Ants have used 32 different players this season, yet rank second in the league in defensive rating (101.2 points allowed per 100 possessions).


SERIES PREVIEW

You can call the 2015 NBA Development League Finals a rematch, but just five players from the 2014 championship remain on the Santa Cruz and Fort Wayne rosters. That speaks to how difficult it is to return to the top in a league where players are shuffled every week, let alone every year.

But both teams are back for one reason above all else: Their players have bought in, which is why they finished as the league’s top two defensive teams in the regular season and are now the last two teams standing.

150423_finals-graphic_600

Other than that, however, this series will showcase a contrast of styles. The Warriors share the ball better than any team in the league; the Mad Ants rely heavily on Jordan Crawford and C.J. Fair attacking off the dribble. The Warriors start seven-foot Golden State assignee Ognjen Kuzmic in the middle; the Mad Ants start bulky, 6-7 stretch-4 Ramon Harris.

Last year, Fort Wayne gutted out back-to-back victories for the Finals sweep.

Related articles