Minors: Williams back with Legends in season’s 50th assignment

By Steve LeMaster

Fourth-year forward Sean Williams is back with the Texas Legends after drawing a re-assignment from the Dallas Mavericks. The assignment is the 50th in which an NBA player has been assigned to his D-League affiliate during the 2011-12 season. And it isn’t the first for Williams this season. It is the third assignment for Williams in the 2011-12 campaign. In 22 games for the Legends, Williams is averaging 15.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 28.5 minutes. Williams has appeared in seven games for the Mavericks, averaging 4.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 9.0 minutes per outing. His NBA career currently features 133 games with averages of 4.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 14.5 minutes.

ILYASOVA REPS D-LEAGUE, WINS NBA EC PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD: NBA D-League alum Ersan Ilyasova (Milwaukee Bucks) was named the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, March 5-Sunday, March 11. Ilyasova averaged 25.0 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists as he led Milwaukee to a 3-1 record. The productive Ilyasova played for the Tulsa 66ers during the 2005-06 D-League season.

D-FENDERS PICK UP RUSH: Seven-year NBA veteran Kareem Rush (6.4 ppg) has signed with the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Rush (6-5, 215) has appeared in 346 career games for the Lakers, Bobcats, Pacers, 76ers and Clippers during his NBA career. The Raptors selected Rush 20th overall in the 2002 NBA Draft before the Lakers acquired his rights.

CLIPPERS RECALL LESLIE: The Los Angeles Clippers have recalled rookie guard Travis Leslie (6-4) from the Bakersfield Jam. In four games, Leslie averaged 12.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 rebounds in 21.0 minutes for the Jam. The Clippers selected Leslie 47th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.

PISTONS ASSIGN MACKLIN TO FORT WAYNE: The Detroit Pistons have assigned rookie forward Vernon Macklin to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Macklin was averaging 1.4 points and 0.9 rebounds in 4.2 minutes through 19 games with the Pistons. Detroit selected Macklin 52nd overall in the 2011 NBA Draft following his successful two-year collegiate stint with Florida. Macklin thrived at Florida after a transfer from Georgetown.

LYONS INVOLVED IN THREE-TEAM TRADE: Power forward Leo Lyons is now with the Dakota Wizards following a trade from the Austin Toros. Austin received forward Josh Davis in return. The trade, however, also involved the Springfield Armor. As part of the three-team trade, Dakota moved its 2012 D-League second-round draft pick to the Armor. Lyons averaged 16.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and shot 51.5 percent from the field in 26 games for the Toros. Josh Davis, who played for the Memphis Grizzlies in a recent stint, returns to the D-League for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

D-LEAGUE STANDINGS: East Conference – 1. Springfield (22-16); 2. Iowa (22-16); 3. Canton (22-18); 4. Erie (20-17); 5. Dakota (20-18); 6. Maine (17-24); 7. Ft. Wayne (11-29); 8. Sioux Falls (11-29). West Conference – 1. Los Angeles (30-11); 2. Austin (23-16); 3. Bakersfield (22-17); 4. Rio Grande Valley (22-18); 5. Texas (21-18); 6. Tulsa (19-22); 7. Reno (18-21); 8. Idaho (16-25).

PBL STANDINGS: Central Division – 1. Central Illinois (15-1); 2. Sauk Valley (9-6); 3. Chicago (8-8); 4. St. Louis (3-9); 5. Indiana (3-11). Eastern Division: 1. Rochester (15-1); 2. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (7-8); 3. Dayton (4-10); 4. Lake Michigan (3-10).

NBL CANADA ANNOUNCES ALL-STARS: NBL Canada has announced the team rosters for its inaugural All-Star Weekend set for Mach 31-April 1 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Guards Eddie Smith (London Lightning) and Joey Haywood (Halifax Rainmen) were selected as captains following a vote held among the league’s seven head coaches. The captains chose their teams via conference call. Team Smith will also include Gabe Freeman, DeAnthony Bowden, Omari Johnson, Ricky Volcy, Morgan Lewis, Kevin Francis, Anthony Anderson and Darrell Wonge. Team Haywood will also feature Tyrone Levett, Taliek Brown, Mike Williams, Chris Cayole, Ralphy Holmes, Brandon Robinson, Trayvon Lathan, Darren Duncan and Tut Ruach.

NBL CANADA STANDINGS: 1. London (28-8); 2. Halifax (23-13); 3. Quebec (22-14); 4. St. John (17-19); 5. Oshawa (15-21); 6. Summerside (12-24); 7. Moncton (9-27).

ABA ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR TEAMS: The ABA has announced three All Star teams for the 2011-12 season. A breakdown of the ABA All-Star teams follows.

ABA All Star Red Team: Head Coach – Eric Stoffel, Colorado Kings; PG-Brian Calloway, Fayetteville Flight; PG-Tony White, South Carolina Warriors; SG-Corey Campbell, Colorado Kings; SG-Sheldon Carter, Carolina Cougars; SF-Jack Brown, Richmond Elite; SF-Marlo Sanders, West Texas Whirlwinds; PF-Nick Barton, Missouri Rhythm; PF-Justin Barber, Richmond Rockets; C-Rob Turner, Arizona Scorpions; C-Marcus Stockton, Colorado Kings.

Honorable Mention – PG-Sheldon Pace, San Diego Sol; SG-Dunnell Webb, San Diego Surf; SF-Rashaad Moss, Little Rock Lightning; PF-Andreus Lee, Bluff City Reign; C-Derek Wabbington, Arizona Scorpions.

ABA All Star White Team: Head Coach – Butch Baird, South Carolina Warriors; PG-Mike Vogler, South Carolina Warriors; PG-Chico Fletcher, NE Arkansas Swag; SG-Deandre Hall, Texas Fuel; SG-Saire Taylor, Staten Island Vipers; SF-Damien Hubbard, Lynchburg Legends; SF-Dontgae Hilton, Memphis Bluff City Reign; PF-Chris Woods, Carolina Cheetahs; PF-Carl Artids, Alaska Drive; C-Jermaine Bell, Jacksonville Giants; C-Keith Closs, Los Angeles Slam.

 Honorable Mention: PG-Derek Foster, San Francisco Rumble; SG-Jordon Boreman, East Bay Pitbulls; SF-Rashaard Power, Seattle Mountaineers; PF-Marcus Sanderds, West Texas Whirlwinds; C-Marquis Gainous, South Carolina Warriors.

ABA All Star Blue Team – Head Coach – Zack Jones, San Diego Sol; PG-KJ Lawrence, Little Rock Lightning; PG-Deangelo Jackson, Sacramento Heatwave; SG-Cordell Butler, San Francisco Rumble; SG-Eli Muldrow, Conway Cyclones; SF-John Clark, San Diego Sol; SF-Andre Muse, Chicago Steam; PF-Shawn Buckingham, Port City Pirates; PF-Matt Fields, Jacksonville Giants; C-Jimmy Allen, East Bay Pit Bulls; C-Michael Travis, San Francisco Rumble.

Honorable Mention: PG-Jamar Butler, Lima Explosion; SG-Lavel Jeufille, Port City Pirates; SF-Donald Whitfield, Colorado Kings; PF-David Kinder, San Diego Surf; C-Dwayne Blakely, Missouri Rhythm.

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