NEW YORK – Two-time NBA All-Star and Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse will coach the Eastern Conference team while NBA and NBA D-League veteran and Los Angeles D-Fenders head coach Coby Karl will lead the Western Conference team in the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire on Saturday, Feb. 18.
The 11th annual NBA D-League All-Star Game will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans as part of NBA All-Star 2017 festivities. The coaching staffs from Raptors 905 and the D-Fenders earned the honor by virtue of owning the best records in their respective conferences through Jan. 29.
Stackhouse, in his first season as a head coach, has led Raptors 905 to nine consecutive wins en route to an Eastern-Conference leading 21-7 (.750) mark. Karl, also a first-year head coach, has guided the D-Fenders to an NBA D-League-best 22-6 (.786) record, including nine victories in their last 10 games.
NBA D-League All-Star activities begin in between NBA Eastern and Western Conference All-Star practices, when six high-flying dunkers participate in the preliminary round of NBA D-League Slam Dunk presented by Verizon. Action continues following the All-Star practices with the preliminary round of the NBA D-League Three-Point Contest. The 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Game tips off at 2:30 p.m. ET. The final rounds of the Slam Dunk and Three-Point competitions will take place during halftime of the game.
The NBA D-League All-Star Game, and the finals of both skills competitions, will air live on NBA TV beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET. The preliminary rounds of NBA D-League Slam Dunk and the Three-Point Contest will be streamed live on Facebook Live via the NBA D-League’s Facebook page beginning at 12:45 p.m. ET and 2 p.m. ET, respectively.
Seven 2016 NBA D-League All-Stars went on to earn GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA last season, while 2016 All-Star Jarnell Stokes was later named the NBA D-League’s MVP for the 2015-16 season. Two 2016 NBA D-League All-Stars are currently playing in the NBA: Sean Kilpatrick (Brooklyn) and Jordan McRae (Cleveland).
NBA D-League All-Stars, three-point shooters and dunk contestants will be announced at a later date. NBA D-Leaguers who played in half of their teams’ games through Jan. 29 are eligible to be selected to play in the All-Star Game. For the first time, NBA D-League players will join head coaches in a vote to select the All-Stars.
Tickets for the NBA D-League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire are available via nbatickets.com.
About the NBA Development League
The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 22 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2016-17 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 38 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2015-16 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.
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