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.
- Erie BayHawks
- Santa Cruz Warriors
- Oklahoma City Blue
- Fort Wayne Mad Ants
- Grand Rapids Drive (from Salt Lake City Stars)
- Grand Rapids Drive
- Delaware 87ers
- Northern Arizona Suns
- Texas Legends
- Santa Cruz Warriors (from Raptors 905)
- Iowa Energy
- Windy City Bulls
- Greensboro Swarm
- Long Island Nets
- Salt Lake City Stars (from Los Angeles D-Fenders)
- Westchester Knicks
- Rio Grande Valley Vipers
- Austin Spurs
- Canton Charge
- Maine Red Claws
- Rio Grande Valley Vipers (from Reno Bighorns)
- 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.