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NBA D-League Announces 2016 Draft Date, Order

The 2016 draft for the NBA Development League will take place on Sunday, October 30 at 2:00 pm eastern time, according to an announcement today from the league. The event will allow D-League teams to select the rights for players who aren’t yet affiliated with a club.

As D-League Digest observes (via Twitter), this year’s draft will just be six rounds, as opposed to the eight rounds in previous years. Adam Johnson of D-League Digest recently detailed changes being made to the way the D-League’s draft pool is populated — instead of the D-League’s front office simply offering contracts to players, each team in the league has the opportunity to submit a list of up to eight players they’re interested in drafting. Those lists will be used to help make up the draft pool.

[RELATED: D-League Affiliations For 2016/17]

The order for the D-League’s 2016 draft is listed below, including trades. This year’s three expansion teams will be slotted in between last season’s non-playoff and playoff teams.

  1. Erie BayHawks
  2. Santa Cruz Warriors
  3. Oklahoma City Blue
  4. Fort Wayne Mad Ants
  5. Grand Rapids Drive (from Salt Lake City Stars)
  6. Grand Rapids Drive
  7. Delaware 87ers
  8. Northern Arizona Suns
  9. Texas Legends
  10. Santa Cruz Warriors (from Raptors 905)
  11. Iowa Energy
  12. Windy City Bulls
  13. Greensboro Swarm
  14. Long Island Nets
  15. Salt Lake City Stars (from Los Angeles D-Fenders)
  16. Westchester Knicks
  17. Rio Grande Valley Vipers
  18. Austin Spurs
  19. Canton Charge
  20. Maine Red Claws
  21. Rio Grande Valley Vipers (from Reno Bighorns)
  22. Sioux Falls Skyforce

In addition to the players selected in this month’s draft, D-League teams will also fill out their rosters with affiliate players waived during the NBA season by their respective NBA affiliates, and by players whose rights were previously held or acquired.

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One thought on “NBA D-League Announces 2016 Draft Date, Order

  1. OrangeCrush

    Draft should be held at UConn since they have the most players in the league!

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