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Breaking Down The D-Fenders Roster: Returning Players

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Per the NBA D-League website, “players who return to the NBA D-League are, by rule, re-acquired by the teams that they played for within the last two seasons.” The D-Fenders have six returning players on their opening-day roster, with half of them boasting NBA experience on their resumes. We take a closer look at each player in advance of the D-Fenders season opener: Zach Andrews: Appeared in 11 games for the D-Fenders during the 2014-15 season, averaging 7.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.5 steals. Andrews also played for the team during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, and had…

Source: Malcolm Thomas To Return To D-Fenders For 2015-16 Season

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Forward Malcolm Thomas will return to play for the Los Angeles D-Fenders for the 2015-16 season, a source has told DFendTheHoop.com. This will be Thomas’ fourth stint with the Los Angeles Lakers affiliate, his last one coming during the 2013 season when he played just two games before receiving an NBA Call-Up from the San Antonio Spurs. Over 39 career NBA D-League games, Thomas has averaged 14.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks on 60.0 percent field goals. Last season, the San Diego State product appeared in 17 games for the Philadelphia 76ers. Most recently, Thomas suited up for the…

Jordan Clarkson Reflects On Rookie Season With Lakers

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Before his breakout post All-Star break play (16.7 points, 5.4 assists, 4.6 boards, 47.9 percent field goals) that led to an All-Rookie First Team selection, Jordan Clarkson was assigned to play with the Lakers D-League affiliate, Los Angeles D-Fenders, on multiple occasions. In five games with the D-Fenders, he put up 22.6 points, 7.8 boards and 5.0 assists on 50 percent field goals. He points to that time as a learning experience used to channel his desire to grow as a player. His final assignment with the D-Fenders came on Jan. 3. Nearly three weeks later, his name was penciled…

Jabari Brown Impresses In Lakers Debut vs. Knicks

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Despite an underwhelming home loss to the league’s worst team, there was one bright spot for the Lakers vs. the Knicks, according to coach Byron Scott: Jabari Brown. Signed to a 10-day contract on Tuesday, the Missouri product immediately made an impact upon checking into the game. He split a pair of free throws for his first points as a Laker, then drained three straight field goals for seven first-half points in nine minutes. Brown was not shy on the offensive end, something the coaching staff acknowledged was noticeably different from when he was in training camp. Though the 6-foot-5…

Jabari Brown Showcasing Scoring Ability

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Inserted into the starting lineup for the second time this season at Grand Rapids on Sunday, Jabari Brown scored a career-high 30 points. This gave the rookie his third straight game with at least 25 points. Even though he’s averaging less than 30 minutes per contest, Brown has scored at least 20 points in 10 of 16 games this year. *Video courtesy of the NBA D-League’s YouTube channel. It’s no surprise the sharpshooter has filled the box score on a consistent basis. He was the Big 12’s leading scorer as a junior at Missouri at 19.9 points per contest last…

Ater Majok Spurs Turnaround On Defense

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Since acquiring Ater Majok, the D-Fenders are 3-0 and his impact on the defensive side of the ball is a big reason why. Prior to his arrival, the D-Fenders had lost eight of their last nine games. That soon changed when Majok stepped on the floor. In Majok’s first game vs. Idaho on Dec. 13, the D-Fenders held the Stampede to less than 40 percent shooting in the first and third quarters towards a 43.1 clip overall. In the next contest vs. Sioux Falls on Dec. 18, the D-Fenders limited the Skyforce to less than 35 percent in the second…