NBA Development League Announces 2016-17 All-NBA D-League Teams

Official Release | April 25, 2017

— 11 of 15 All-League Players Have NBA Experience —

NEW YORK, April 25, 2017 – NBA Development League Most Valuable Player Vander Blue of the Los Angeles D-Fenders headlines the 2016-17 All-NBA D-League Teams, which were announced today along with the All-Rookie Team and the All-Defensive Team.

MORE: 2016-17 Awards | First Team | Second Team | Third Team

Blue, who ranked third in the NBA D-League in scoring with 24.8 points per game, is joined on the All-NBA Development League First Team by Keith Benson (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Quinn Cook (Canton Charge), Dakari Johnson (Oklahoma City Blue) and Edy Tavares (Raptors 905).  Tavares, the NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year, earned a GATORADE Call-Up from the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.  Cook was called up by the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans.

The All-NBA D-League Second Team is highlighted by three players who received GATORADE Call-Ups this season: the Delaware 87ers’ Shawn Long (who played in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers), the Fort Wayne Mad Ants’ Alex Poythress (76ers) and Sioux Falls’ Briante Weber (Golden State Warriors and Charlotte Hornets).  The D-Fenders’ Josh Magette and NBA D-League Rookie of the Year Abdel Nader of the Maine Red Claws are also part of the Second Team.

The Third Team features Raptors 905’s Axel Toupane, who finished the season with the Pelicans after a stint with the Milwaukee Bucks, and Maine’s Marcus Georges-Hunt, who earned GATORADE Call-Ups with the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic.  Rounding out the Third Team are NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year John Holland of Canton, Maine’s Jalen Jones and Canton’s Eric Moreland.

In all, 11 players on the three 2016-17 All-NBA D-League Teams have NBA experience, with seven earning GATORADE Call-Ups this season.

Nader, who averaged 21.3 points and 6.2 rebounds for Maine, leads the 2016-17 NBA D-League All-Rookie Team.  Joining Nader on the All-Rookie Team are Maine’s Jones, Fort Wayne’s Poythress, Los Angeles’ David Nwaba and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers’ Isaiah Taylor.

Tavares, who tied for the NBA D-League lead with 2.7 blocks per game, headlines the 2016-17 NBA D-League All-Defensive Team.  He is joined by three other members of the All-NBA Development League Teams –   Sioux Falls’ Benson and Weber and Canton’s Moreland – as well as L.A.’s Nwaba, an All-Rookie Team selection.

The complete All-NBA Development League, All-Rookie and All-Defensive Team results are below.  The league’s 22 head coaches selected each team.

The complete All-NBA Development League, All-Rookie and All-Defensive Team results are below.


Quinn Cook – Canton*
Vander Blue – Los Angeles
Keith Benson – Sioux Falls
Dakari Johnson – Oklahoma City
Edy Tavares – Raptors 905*

Josh Magette – Los Angeles
Briante Weber – Sioux Falls*
Abdel Nader – Maine
Alex Poythress – Fort Wayne*
Shawn Long – Delaware*

Marcus Georges-Hunt – Maine*
Axel Toupane – Raptors 905*
John Holland – Canton
Jalen Jones – Maine
Eric Moreland – Canton

Isaiah Taylor – Rio Grande Valley*
David Nwaba – Los Angeles*
Abdel Nader – Maine
Jalen Jones – Maine
Alex Poythress – Fort Wayne*

Briante Weber – Sioux Falls*
David Nwaba – Los Angeles*
Eric Moreland – Canton
Keith Benson – Sioux Falls
Edy Tavares – Raptors 905*

*Earned GATORDE Call-Up this season

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