L.A. D-Fenders’ Ryan Gomes names 2015-16 NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year

NEW YORK – Los Angeles D-Fenders forward Ryan Gomes was today named the 2015-16 NBA Development League Impact Player of the Year, as voted on by the league’s 19 head coaches.  The award recognizes a player who joined an NBA D-League team after Nov. 26, 2015, and made the greatest contribution to his team’s success following that in-season acquisition.

Gomes (6-7, 245, Providence) joined the D-Fenders, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Los Angeles Lakers, on Jan. 7, 2016, and played his first game on Jan. 9, 19 games into the 2015-16 season.  He appeared in the team’s next 31 games (28 starts), averaging 18.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 32.0 minutes.  He scored in double figures 28 times, including two 30-plus point outings, and recorded nine double-doubles.

Gomes helped the D-Fenders to a 27-23 regular-season record and the fourth overall seed in the NBA D-League Western Conference Playoffs.  The team defeated the Reno Bighorns 2-1 in the Conference Semifinals and will face the Austin Spurs in the best-of-three Conference Finals.

An eight-year NBA veteran, Gomes was selected by the Boston Celtics in the second round (50th overall pick) of the 2005 NBA Draft.  Gomes owns NBA career averages of 10.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 27.6 minutes in 487 games with the Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Gomes will be presented with the Impact Player of the Year Trophy prior to tonight’s NBA D-League Western Conference Finals game against the Spurs.  Tipoff is set for 10:30 p.m. ET.

All-Time NBA D-League Impact Players of the Year:

Jerel McNeal (Bakersfield Jam, 2014-15)

Ike Diogu (Bakersfield Jam, 2013-14)

Rasual Butler (Tulsa 66ers, 2012-13)

Eric Dawson (Austin Toros, 2011-12)

Jeff Adrien (Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 2010-11)

Brian Butch (Bakersfield Jam, 2009-10)

Eddie Gill (Colorado 14ers, 2008-09)

Morris Almond (Utah Flash, 2007-08)

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 19 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2015-16 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 2014-15 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.