NEW YORK (NBA.com) - Twenty of the NBA Development League's top prospects, including 14 who have NBA experience, have been selected to play in the seventh annual NBA D-League All-Star Game on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Sprint Arena at NBA All-Star Jam Session at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center. The game will air live on NBA TV at 3 p.m. ET.
Chosen to the NBA D-League All-Star Futures Team are Arinze Onuaku of the Canton Charge; Ron Howard of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants; Courtney Fortson of the Los Angeles D-Fenders; Micah Downs, Shelvin Mack (currently a member of the Philadelphia 76ers), DaJuan Summers and Chris Wright of the Maine Red Claws; Jerome Jordan and Marcus Landry of the Reno Bighorns; and Tulsa 66er Jeremy Lamb on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The field of 20 players was selected by a vote of the NBA D-League's 16 head coaches and was broken into two teams by League officials. Players were eligible to be selected based on having played in half of their team's games through Jan. 27. Each player must be on an active NBA D-League roster at the time of the NBA D-League All-Star Game in order to compete.
An additional seven players who have played in the NBA anchor the Futures team, including current Philadelphia 76er Mack and his Maine teammates Summers and Wright. Jeremy Lamb, an Oklahoma City Thunder guard who has played on assignment in Tulsa, along with Los Angeles' Fortson and Reno's Jordan and Landry also come to the game with NBA experience.
Last season, six of the 20 NBA D-League All-Stars who played in Orlando went on to earn GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA later in the year. Over the NBA D-League All-Star Game's six-year history, 70 of the 120 players have had, or subsequently earned, NBA experience.