Affiliate Players Tabbed by NBA Teams

By Brian Kotloff | November 11, 2014

From late September to late October, the NBA’s 30 teams trim their rosters from as many as 20 players to 15 for the start of the regular season. The cuts come fast and furious, but being waived does not mark the end of the road for many players across the league.

In fact, the players cut during training camp are much more than a blip on the radar from the NBA D-League’s perspective. NBA rules allow teams to designate up to four of those prospects as “affiliate players,” meaning they are automatically allocated to the D-League affiliate of the NBA team that cut them (provided they choose to sign an NBA D-League contract).

Unlike in baseball, affiliate players remain free agents available for any of the 30 NBA teams to sign.

Still, the designation is a vote of confidence for prospects. It’s an indication of who NBA teams are interested in, allowing teams to closely monitor certain players on and off the court, keep them within the same offensive and defensive systems using the same terminology and many of the same plays, and work on their skill development with their own coaches.

During the 2013-14 season, affiliate players Chris Babb (Boston-Maine), Troy Daniels (Houston-Rio Grande Valley), Dewayne Dedmon (Golden State-Santa Cruz) and Justin Hamilton (Miami-Sioux Falls) were called up by teams that had cut them in training camp.

Here’s the full list of affiliate players entering the 2014-15 season:

NBA Team Player Position Height Weight School NBA D-League Affiliate
Boston Celtics Tim Frazier G 6-1 170 Penn State Maine Red Claws
Boston Celtics Rodney McGruder G 6-4 205 Kansas State Maine Red Claws
Boston Celtics Christian Watford F 6-9 232 Indiana Maine Red Claws
Cleveland Cavaliers Chris Crawford G 6-4 222 Memphis Canton Charge
Cleveland Cavaliers Stephen Holt G 6-4 195 Saint Mary’s (CA) Canton Charge
Dallas Mavericks Renaldo Balkman F 6-8 208 South Carolina Texas Legends
Dallas Mavericks Eric Griffin F 6-8 194 Campbell Texas Legends
Dallas Mavericks Bernard James C 6-10 230 Florida State Texas Legends
Dallas Mavericks Doron Lamb G 6-4 200 Kentucky Texas Legends
Detroit Pistons Josh Bostic G/F 6-5 230 NC State Grand Rapids Drive
Detroit Pistons Hasheem Thabeet C 7-3 263 Connecticut Grand Rapids Drive
Golden State Warriors Aaron Craft G 6-2 195 Ohio State Santa Cruz Warriors
Golden State Warriors Sean Kilpatrick G 6-4 210 Cincinnati Santa Cruz Warriors
Golden State Warriors James McAdoo F 6-9 230 North Carolina Santa Cruz Warriors
Golden State Warriors Mitchell Watt F 6-10 225 Buffalo Santa Cruz Warriors
Houston Rockets Geron Johnson G 6-3 203 Memphis Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Houston Rockets Akil Mitchell F 6-9 230 Virginia Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Houston Rockets Akim Richmond G 5-11 180 East Carolina Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Indiana Pacers CJ Fair F 6-8 215 Syracuse Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Los Angeles Lakers Keith Appling G 6-1 185 Michigan State Los Angeles D-Fenders
Los Angeles Lakers Jabari Brown G 6-4 215 Missouri Los Angeles D-Fenders
Los Angeles Lakers Roscoe Smith G/F 6-8 215 UNLV Los Angeles D-Fenders
Miami Heat Khem Birch F 6-10 220 UNLV Sioux Falls Skyforce
Miami Heat Tyler Johnson G 6-4 186 Fresno State Sioux Falls Skyforce
Miami Heat Shawn Jones F 6-8 233 Middle Tenn. State Sioux Falls Skyforce
New York Knicks Langston Galloway G 6-2 202 Saint Joseph’s Westchester Knicks
New York Knicks Orlando Sanchez F 6-9 232 St. John’s Westchester Knicks
New York Knicks Jordan Vandenburg C 7-1 245 NC State Westchester Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder Michael Jenkins G 6-3 195 Winthrop Oklahoma City Blue
Oklahoma City Thunder Richard Solomon F 6-10 235 California Oklahoma City Blue
Oklahoma City Thunder Talib Zanna F 6-9 230 Pittsburgh Oklahoma City Blue
Orlando Magic Kadeem Batts F 6-9 245 Providence Erie BayHawks
Orlando Magic Drew Crawford G/F 6-5 215 Northwestern Erie BayHawks
Orlando Magic Peyton Siva G 6-0 185 Louisville Erie BayHawks
Philadelphia 76ers Drew Gordon F 6-9 245 New Mexico Delaware 87ers
Philadelphia 76ers Malcolm Lee G 6-5 201 UCLA Delaware 87ers
Philadelphia 76ers Ronald Roberts F 6-8 225 Temple Delaware 87ers
Phoenix Suns Earl Barron C 7-0 250 Memphis Bakersfield Jam
Phoenix Suns Joe Jackson G 6-0 167 Memphis Bakersfield Jam
Phoenix Suns Casey Prather F 6-6 212 Florida Bakersfield Jam
Phoenix Suns Jamil Wilson F 6-7 230 Marquette Bakersfield Jam
Sacramento Kings Sim Bhullar C 7-5 360 New Mexico State Reno Bighorns
Sacramento Kings David Wear F 6-10 230 UCLA Reno Bighorns
San Antonio Spurs Bryce Cotton G 6-1 165 Providence Austin Spurs
San Antonio Spurs Josh Davis F 6-8 215 San Diego State Austin Spurs
Utah Jazz Jack Cooley F 6-9 244 Notre Dame Idaho Stampede

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