Where are they now?: 2006-2007 D-League All-Stars

Where are they now?: 2006-2007 D-League All-Stars
Feb 16, 2008, 10:53 am
With this season's NBA D-League game less than a week away, here is a look at where last year's All-Stars are playing this year.

Despite seven All-Stars receiving Call-Ups last season, only two are currently in the NBA - Stephen Graham and Von Wafer. Graham is with the Indiana Pacers but is not getting much playing time. He has appeared in just 8 games, but has shot extremely well, 15-for-22 (68.2%) from the field, in his limited action. His best game of the year came in a 110-104 loss to the Sacramento Kings where he had 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting.

Von Wafer received a call-up to the Denver Nuggets late last season and has stuck around ever since. Like Graham, Wafer has seen limited action this season. He has averaged 1.3 points and 4 minutes in 20 games this season. Unfortunately Wafer has failed to find his stroke in his limited role shooting just 27.8% from the field and a mere 7.1% (1-for-14) from the 3-point line.

Another two of last season's All-Stars are currently in the D-League - Colorado's Elton Brown and Los Angeles' Brian Chase. Brown was named the D-League Player of the Month for January and is again having a big year for the 14ers averaging 20.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. He went to training camp with the Los Angeles Lakers and was the last cut before returning to Colorado.

Brian Chase spent most of the season playing point guard for the Los Angeles D-Fenders after spending training camp with the Miami Heat. His numbers are a bit down from last year across the board. His points per game have gone from 16.7 to 14.6, his assists per game have gone from 3.9 to 3.3 and most significantly, his 3-point percentage has fallen from 43.9% to 35.2%. Part of the decline is due to limited minutes while Coby Karl was on assignment from the Lakers and he has also been bothered by a sprained finger. Chase recently left for Turkey where he will make a reported $40,000 per month.

The most likely place to see an All-Star from last season is Italy. Five players from last year's All-Star squads are playing in the Serie A. Kevinn Pinkney and BJ Elder are teammates with Angelico Biella. Pinkney is averaging 14.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while Elder is averaging 15.9 points per game. Last year's All-Star Game MVP, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, is playing for Benetton Treviso and averaging 9.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Will Conroy is averaging 7.4 points and 4.0 assists for Armani Jeans Milano after starting the season with La Fortezza Bologna where Alan Anderson is scoring 13.3 points and grabbing 4.6 rebounds per game.

Five more currently play their ball in other European countries. Pooh Jeter is scoring 11.8 points per game on 54% shooting for Kiev in the Ukraine. Dijon Thompson is averaging 12.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for Alba Berlin in Germany. Ronell Taylor is playing for Union Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenia. Quemont Greer is playing for Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Clay Tucker is playing for Khimky Moscow Region in Russia. Gerry McNamara signed with Panionios in Greece, but was released after playing in just three games and is currently at home.

Former NBA player Loren Woods is playing in Turkey for Efes Pilsen Istanbul and averaging 6.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. On the other side of Asia, former Arsenal star Jawad Williams is averaging 24.5 points per game for Hokkaido in the Japanese Superleague.

Injuries have also limited some players. Rick Rickert is out through at least March while undergoing treatment for a bulging disc in his lower back. Rickert was playing in the Australian League with the New Zealand Breakers, and will likely receive a long contract extension. Australian Luke Schenscher signed in the off-season with Brose Baskets Bamberg in Germany, but was limited to one game due to knee tendinitis. He’s now at home rehabbing in Australia. Renaldo Major has just re-joined the Dakota Wizards after sitting out the first portion of the season.

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