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Bill Walker chosen for D-League dunk contest

Posted By WEEI On February 4, 2010 @ 2:46 pm In General | 1 Comment

Celtics forward Bill Walker was selected for the NBA D-League’s slam dunk competition on Feb. 12. The 22-year-old, who has shown an ability to produce highlight-reel dunks, has played in just seven NBA games this season while averaging 0.9 points per game. He has averaged 17.4 points per contest in nine D-League games for the Maine Red Claws.

To take part, he would have be assigned to the D-League team. It’s possible that the Celtics would leave that choice up to him. Walker has family in West Virginia and indicated Thursday he would prefer spending time with them over the break.

Joining Walker on the roster for the D-League’s skills competition is Red Claws teammate Trey Gilder, who is a member of the Memphis Grizzlies organization. Gilder will take part in the Shooting Stars competition.

Here is the press release detailing the skills competition:

NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2010 – The NBA Development League Dream Factory Friday Night presented by Haier, an innovative skills competition modeled after the popular NBA All-Star Saturday Night, returns for the third consecutive year to Center Court at NBA Jam Session presented by adidas on Friday, Feb. 12, at 10:00 p.m. ET, and will stream live on NBA.com from 10-11p.m. ET.

Twenty NBA D-League players, including eight with NBA experience, three who were drafted by NBA teams and one returning champion from the 2009 NBA D-League Dream Factory Friday Night, will showcase their skills during the evening’s competitions.  This year’s event includes a Slam Dunk Competition, a Three-Point Competition featuring an all “money-ball” rack and the inaugural NBA D-League’s Haier Shooting Stars.  Players must be on an active NBA D-League roster to compete in any event.

NBA D-League Haier Shooting Stars makes its first appearance at NBA D-League Dream Factory Friday night presented by Haier, and features 12 NBA D-League stars competing in four teams of three in a two-round timed shooting event.  First-time NBA D-League Dream Factory Friday Night presented by Haier participants Romel Beck (Dakota), Brian Butch (Bakersfield), Pat Carroll (Iowa), Desmon Farmer (Reno), Curtis Jerrells (Austin) and Diamon Simpson (Los Angeles) will join NBA D-League All-Stars Reggie Williams (Sioux Falls), Trey Gilder (Maine), Carlos Powell (Albuquerque), Mustafa Shakur (Tulsa), Mike Harris (Rio Grande Valley) and Dontell Jefferson (Utah) in the competition.  The Haier Shooting Stars contest features six numbered shooting locations of increasing difficulty, with each team attempting to make all shots in numeric order in the fastest time. Each team will select a specific player rotation to follow throughout the competition. Each shot must be made before the next player begins shooting in succession. Teams have up to two minutes to complete the entire shooting course and the team that completes all six shots in the least amount of time is declared the winner. In the case of a tie, a shoot-off will be used to determine the winner.

Four first-time Slam Dunk competitors, Tony Danridge (Albuquerque), Dar Tucker (Los Angeles), Bill Walker (Maine) and Deron Washington (Tulsa) will take to the floor to showcase their best high-flying skills in a battle for slam dunk supremacy.  The competition consists of two rounds of two dunks each with the top scores from the first round advancing to the championship round.

2009 NBA D-League All-Star Co-MVP and 2008 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year Blake Ahearn (Bakersfield) will return to NBA D-League Dream Factory Friday Night presented by Haier to defend his Three-Point Competition title.  He’ll square off against sharpshooters Morris Almond (Springfield), Andre Ingram (Utah) and Rob Kurz (Fort Wayne), who will each make their first appearance in the contest.  Kurz ranks seventh in the NBA D-League shooting 49 percent from behind the arc, while Ingram, a 42 percent shooter from long range, has sunk 63 three-pointers this season.  Almond, the NBA D-League’s leading scorer (27.0 ppg) has connected on 28 three-pointers.

Each competitor will have 60 seconds to sink up to 25 three-pointers from five shooting stations assembled around the three-point line.  The initial four stations will have four orange balls (worth one point each) and one multi-colored “money ball” worth two points, while the competition kicks into high gear as the final station will for the first time consist of five two-point “money balls.”  The shooters will compete in two rounds of action with the top two scorers from the first round advancing to the final round.

NBA D-League action in Dallas continues on Saturday, Feb. 13, when the fourth-annual NBA D-League All-Star Game tips off on Center Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas at 2 pm CT.  The game features 20 of the NBA D-League’s top prospects as selected by fans and the NBA D-League’s 16 head coaches and will be broadcast live on NBA TV at 2 p.m. CT.

The complete field for the 2010 NBA D-League Dream Factory Friday Night is below.

SLAM DUNK COMPETITION
Pos.    Player (Team)    Ht.    Wt.    Birthdate    College
G/F    Tony Danridge (Albuquerque)    6-5    215    2/26/1986    New Mexico
G    Dar Tucker (Los Angeles)    6-4    204    4/11/1988    DePaul
F    Bill Walker (Maine) #    6-6    220    10/9/1987    Kansas State
F    Deron Washington (Tulsa)    6-7    215    12/12/1985    Virginia Tech

THREE-POINT COMPETITION
Pos.    Player (Team)    Ht.    Wt.    Birthdate    College
G    Blake Ahearn (Bakersfield)    6-2    190    5/27/1984    Missouri State
F    Morris Almond (Springfield)    6-5    210    2/2/1985    Rice
G    Andre Ingram (Utah)    6-3    190    11/19/1985    American
F    Rob Kurz (Fort Wayne)    6-9    230    3/5/1985    Notre Dame

HAIER SHOOTING STARS
Pos.    Player (Team)    Ht.    Wt.    Birthdate    College
F    Romel Beck (Dakota)    6-9    185    5/29/1982    UNLV
C    Brian Butch (Bakersfield)    6-11    240    12/22/1984    Wisconsin
G    Pat Carroll (Iowa)    6-5    200    10/10/1982    Saint Joseph’s
G    Desmon Farmer (Reno)    6-5    210    10/7/1981    USC
F    Trey Gilder (Maine)    6-9    185    1/24/1985    Northwestern State
F    Mike Harris (Rio Grande Valley)    6-6    235    6/15/1983    Rice
G    Dontell Jefferson (Utah)    6-5    190    12/15/1983    Arkansas
G    Curtis Jerrells (Austin)    6-1    195    2/5/1987    Baylor
F    Carlos Powell (Albuquerque)    6-7    225    8/29/1983    South Carolina
G    Mustafa Shakur (Tulsa)    6-3    190    8/8/1984    Arizona
F    Diamon Simpson (Los Angeles)    6-7    230    10/8/1987    St. Mary’s (CA)
F    Reggie Williams (Sioux Falls)    6-6    210    9/14/1986    VMI


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