Josh Magette recorded his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 assists, while also draining four three-pointers and finishing a plus-11 (team high) on the night. “His presence out there helps us a lot,” Manny Harris said of Magette. “We know that. We continue to believe in him.” *Video courtesy of the NBA D-League’s YouTube channel.
Malcolm Thomas made his season debut vs. the Reno Bighorns and posted 20 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and three blocks. “I felt good,” Thomas said postgame. “This was my first real action in two-and-a-half months. It felt good to finally get out there and do something.” *Video courtesy of the NBA D-League’s YouTube channel.
In the D-Fenders home opener, Josh Magette recorded seven points, eight boards, 12 assists and five steals to help guide L.A. to a 104-101 victory over the defending champion Santa Cruz Warriors. *Video courtesy of the NBA D-League’s YouTube channel.
Vander Blue finished second in the NBA D-League in scoring (23.3 points), while also chipping in 5.4 boards and 5.3 dimes per contest. He was the only player in the league to average at least 20/5/5 for the year. Arguably the most consistent D-Fenders player this season, Blue showed all year long he could get to the rim and put the ball in the hoop as evidenced by his 6.5 free-throw attempts per game (fourth among those who had played at least 25 games). About midway through the season, the coaching staff put Blue at point guard, at which point…
In 21 games with the D-Fenders this season, Jamaal Franklin averaged 19.8 points, 8.9 boards and 6.5 assists, recording 12 double-doubles and three triple-doubles (both occurring in the final six games). The San Diego State product was inserted into the starting lineup for eight games towards the end of the season (after Jabari Brown received a NBA Call-Up), where he thrived alongside Vander Blue. Franklin finished the season with at least a double-double in six of the last seven games. *Video courtesy of the NBA D-League’s YouTube channel.
Jabari Brown appeared in just two March games before inking the first of his two 10-day deals with the Lakers, and then subsequently signing a multi-year contract. In those two contests – vs. Rio Grande Valley and vs. Texas – Brown put up 25 and 28 points, respectively. These two performances came on the heels of a 48-point outing vs. Bakersfield to end the month of February. *Video courtesy of the NBA D-League’s YouTube channel.
For the third time this season, Jamaal Franklin posted a triple-double, finishing with 19 points, 10 boards and 10 assists. Over the last five games (D-Fenders are 3-2), the San Diego State product is averaging 18.0 points, 10.6 rebounds and 8.8 assists on 48.5 percent field goals. *Video courtesy of the NBA D-League’s YouTube channel.
For the second time in the last three games, Vander Blue tied a season-high with 40 points, thanks in part to an efficient night from beyond the arc (6-of-8 on three-pointers) and from the charity stripe (16-of-19 free throws). Blue has been on a ridiculous tear of late, averaging 33.1 points, 5.9 boards, 5.1 assists and 1.9 steals on 47.9 percent field goals and 43.5 percent on three-pointers over the last seven games. *Videos courtesy of the NBA D-League’s YouTube channel.
Roscoe Smith tallied his 31st double-double of the year (second-most in the NBA D-League) with 24 points and 13 boards vs. the Mad Ants. In the previous meeting between the teams at Fort Wayne on Jan. 16, Smith put up 21 and 14. His production has been steady throughout the entire season, despite a recent four-game stretch when he failed to reach the 20-point, 10-rebound barrier. *Video courtesy of the NBA D-League’s YouTube channel.
Vander Blue reached a season-high 40 points on an efficient 15-of-26 shooting night, including 4-of-7 from distance. It was his fifth straight game with at least 30, a stretch in which Blue has averaged 33.0 points, 6.0 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals on 47.3 percent field goals and 37.5 percent on three-pointers. “I’m just doing what I do every day and sticking to my routine,” Blue said. “I felt good today, my teammates were getting me open, my bigs were screening, I was getting to spots I needed to. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to score and…