|41||Lance Allred||C||6-1 1||260||Weber State|
|44||Mildon Ambres||G||6-5||200||S. Nazarene|
|0||Anthony Coleman||F||6-11||220||Long Beach State|
|21||Jason Ellis||F||6-7||220||Boise State|
|22||Coby Karl||G||6-5||215||Boise State|
|24||Ernest Scott||F||6-7||225||Valdosta State|
|4||Jamaal Tatum||G||6-2||175||Southern Illinois|
You might remember Jamaal Tatum from the pre-season and training camp. Good to see that the Blazers have at least been able to keep a connection to him and maybe used their influence a bit to give him that job (he was the fourth pick in the first draft round for the Stampede). You might also recognize last year's little-used Lakers PG/SG Coby Karl who is now back in Boise where he went to college, as well as former short-term NBA players Jermareo Davidson (Bobcats) and Lance Allred (Cavaliers, made some news as the first legally deaf NBA player).
Head coach is Bryan Gates. And he has an interesting assistant: Former Sonics PG and NBA journeyman Randy Livingston.
The D-League of course is also interesting because it can be used by NBA teams to send down players under contract in their first two years (up to three times per year) to get some more playing time in competition. We share the Stampede with the Toronto Raptors. While this is not very likely at this point for our rookies (at least not for a long time period), it is at least a possibility for Nic and Jerryd.
As for their performance so far, the Stampede are the defending champion from last year and have won their first two games of the new season in the Western Conference. While LA lost both. Wohoo.
P.S.: All D-League games are broadcast for free as a webcast on http://www.nba.com/dleague/ or on NBA.com All-Access. There is also a blog on SBN that deals mostly with it: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/
P.P.S.: Unfortunately the coolest team in the D-League is not the Stampede but the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. And the best the NBA and the guys in Oklahoma could come up with was the Thunder? Really?