The NBA D-League Draft took place on Sunday, consisting of six rounds and 22 teams, as the league has seen an influx of new franchises. The first overall pick in the draft was forward Anthony Brown, who played his collegiate basketball at Stanford, and was selected by the Erie BayHawks.
The BayHawks finished last season at 12-38, the worst single-season effort in the team’s history.
This season, the D-League welcomes in three new franchises in the Greensboro Swarm, Long Island Nets, and Windy City Bulls. All three franchises joined the Eastern Conference and will serve as affiliates for parent clubs.
With the 12th overall pick in the draft, the Windy City Bulls, who have the Chicago Bulls as their parent club, selected Aaron Thomas, who played his collegiate basketball at Florida State, but was ruled ineligible for his senior season in 2015.
Picking after them was the Greensboro Swarm, who will be the D-League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets. They selected Connecticut forward Shonn Miller, who played in the NBA Summer League with the Utah Jazz this past year.
For Long Island, their first pick in franchise history was guard Boris Dallo, who has never played professionally in the United States. A native of Nantes, France, Dallo has played in Serbia and France while he is now coming over as the Brooklyn Nets’ D-League affiliate’s first ever draft pick.
The draft certainly had some international flavor to it with picks coming from all corners of the globe, including France, the Phillipines, India and Australia. Also prominently featured were many D-II and D-III programs from across the United States, who saw their players come off the board.