NEW YORK – Four NBA Development League players have been named as replacements for the 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire. The game, which will air live on NBA TV, tips off on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. ET from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
In the East, Jordan Crawford (Grand Rapids Drive), Alfonzo McKinnie (Windy City Bulls) and Axel Toupane (Raptors 905) will replace current NBA players Ray McCallum (Grand Rapids Drive/Charlotte Hornets), Chris McCullough (Long Island Nets/Brooklyn Nets) and Yogi Ferrell (Long Island Nets/Dallas Mavericks), respectively. The three players being replaced are ineligible to play due to their status on NBA rosters.
On the West team, Reggie Williams (Oklahoma City Blue) will replace Pierre Jackson (Texas Legends), who will miss the game as he continues rehabilitation following a left hamstring injury. Jackson will still take part in the Three-Point Contest, which begins at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday and culminates at halftime of the NBA D-League All-Star Game.
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. NBA D-League games are available on ESPN’s family of networks, Facebook Live and NBA TV.