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Post Season Honors Signal Sioux Falls Skyforce Success

Justin Hamilton and DeAndre Liggins gain more respect for their performance as members of the Sioux Falls Skyforce this season.  Both earned 2014 All-NBA Development League status in a release announced Thursday. 

Hamilton, a center who finished his college career at Louisiana State University made the first team courtesy of 19.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2 blocks per game over 39 contests.  The seven-footer was called up first to Charlotte for 10 days, then signed for the balance of the season by the Miami Heat.  Hamilton was also a member of the All-Defensive First Team after being allocated to the Skyforce after attending Miami Heat training camp.

Liggins, who had been with the Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder in the previous two seasons, landed on the second team.  The Kentucky guard was also bestowed with the Defensive Player of the Year award and a slot on the NBADL All-Defensive team for the recently completed season.  Liggins scored 14.2 points grabbed 7.1 rebounds with 4.8 assists and led the league with 2.6 steals per game as the seventh player chosen in the 2013 NBADL Draft by the Skyforce.

Additionally, Skyforce forward Alex Oriakhi played his way onto the NBADL All-Rookie First Team.  The 6-9 forward/center out of Missouri was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the NBA draft, but signed a contract to play overseas instead of reporting to camp.  Erie claimed him in mid-December, then traded him to Sioux Falls in February.

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

2014 ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM
Position                         Player                                   NBA D-League Team
Guard                             Ron Howard                          Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Guard                             Kevin Murphy                       Idaho Stampede
Forward                         Robert Covington *              Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Forward                         Othyus Jeffers*                    Iowa Energy
Center                            Justin Hamilton*                   Sioux Falls Skyforce

SECOND TEAM
Position                         Player                                   NBA D-League Team
Guard                             Jorge Gutierrez*                  Canton Charge
Guard                             DeAndre Liggins                   Sioux Falls Skyforce
Forward                         James Nunnally                     Texas Legends
Forward                         Chris Wright*                       Maine Red Claws
Center                            Hilton Armstrong*               Santa Cruz Warriors

THIRD TEAM
Position                         Player                                   NBA D-League Team
Guard                             Seth Curry                             Santa Cruz Warriors
Guard                             Troy Daniels*                        Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Forward                         Tony Mitchell                        Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Forward                         Terrence Williams               Los Angeles D-Fenders
Center                            Arinze Onuaku                     Canton Charge

HONORABLE MENTION
Position                         Player                                   NBA D-League Team
Guard                             Dee Bost                                Idaho Stampede
Guard                             Frank Gaines                         Maine Red Claws
Guard                             Cameron Jones                     Santa Cruz Warriors
Guard                             Mustafa Shakur                    Tulsa 66ers
Forward                         Patrick Christopher             Iowa Energy
Forward                         Ike Diogu                               Bakersfield Jam
Forward                         Courtney Fells                      Austin Toros
Forward                         Damion James*                    Texas Legends
Forward                         Darius Johnson-Odom         Springfield Armor
Center                            Melvin Ely                              Texas Legends
Center                            Tim Ohlbrecht                      Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Center                            Willie Reed*                         Reno Bighorns/Springfield Armor

2014 ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE ALL-ROOKIE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM
Position                         Player                                   NBA D-League Team
Guard                             Seth Curry                             Santa Cruz Warriors
Guard                             Frank Gaines                         Maine Red Claws
Forward                         Robert Covington *              Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Forward                         Adonis Thomas                     Springfield Armor
Center                            Alex Oriakhi                          Sioux Falls Skyforce

SECOND TEAM
Position                         Player                                   NBA D-League Team
Guard                             Troy Daniels*                        Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Guard                             PJ Hairston                            Texas Legends
Forward                         James Sutherland *              Los Angeles D-Fenders
Forward                         Grant Jerrett*                       Tulsa 66ers
Center                            Zeke Marshall                       Maine Red Claws

THIRD TEAM
Position                         Player                                   NBA D-League Team
Guard                             Chris Babb*                           Maine Red Claws
Guard                             Trey McKinney-Jones          Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Forward                         Jackie Carmichael                Iowa Energy
Forward                         CJ Leslie                                 Erie BayHawks
Center                            Jordan Henriquez                Rio Grande Valley Vipers

2014 ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM
Position                         Player                                   NBA D-League Team
Guard                             Jorge Gutierrez*                  Canton Charge
Guard                             DeAndre Liggins                   Sioux Falls Skyforce
Forward                         Mo Charlo                             Reno Bighorns
Forward                         Othyus Jeffers*                    Iowa Energy
Center                            Justin Hamilton*                   Sioux Falls Skyforce

SECOND TEAM
Position                         Player                                   NBA D-League Team
Guard                             Patrick Christopher             Iowa Energy
Guard                             Sadiel Rojas                           Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Forward                         Chris Wright*                       Maine Red Claws
Forward                         Willie Reed*                         Reno Bighorns/Springfield Armor
Center                            Hilton Armstrong*               Santa Cruz Warriors

THIRD TEAM
Position                         Player                                   NBA D-League Team
Guard                             Chris Babb*                           Maine Red Claws
Guard                             Dee Bost                                Idaho Stampede
Forward                         Thanasis Antetokounmpo   Delaware 87ers
Forward                         Gilbert Brown                       Canton Charge
Center                            Mickell Gladness                  Reno Bighorns

 

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