November 5th was the NBA D-League draft, hosted on NBA TV at their Atlanta, GA, headquarters. The Miami Heat's D-League Affiliate, The Sioux Falls Skyforce, earned the 14th pick in the 1st round, followed by 20th, 45th, 52nd, 77th, 84th, 109th and 116th overall in the 128-player draft. Here's who they chose:
- 14th pick: Raymond Sykes (Clemson) Position: PF, Height: 6-9, Weight: 225
- 20th pick: Pete Campbell (Butler) Position: F, Height: 6-7, Weight: 220
- 45th pick: Reggie Williams (VMI) Position: SF, Height: 6-6, Weight: 210
- 52nd pick: Leemire Goldwire (Charlotte) Position: SF, Height: 6-6, Weight: 210
- 77th pick: Draezon Burns
- 84th pick: Nate Miles (Southern Idaho JC) Position: G/F, Height: 6-7, Weight: 200
- 109th pick: Rodney Alexander (Oklahoma City) Position: SF, Height: 6-7, Weight: 225
- 116th pick: Lawrence McKenzie (Minnesota) Position: G, Height: 6-2, Weight: 190
From the outcome of the draft it could be said that the Skyforce were mainly targeting the number three position (i.e. Small Forward) in hopes of finding a future swingman that can contribute with athleticism.
The Skyforce's first round pick, Raymond Sykes, played two seasons at Clemson at the center spot and average 6.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and .576 field goal percentage (FGP) in that span. His last year at Clemson proved to be his best as he averaged 7.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1 block and a .578 FGP. In Sioux Falls, Sykes will play the role of PF and compete for a spot against returning Skyforce PFs, Kevin Brumbaugh and Greg Stiesma.
With that said, here are the returning and allocated players for the Skyforce this season:
|David Bailey||G||5-8||165||Loyola (IL)|
|Keith Brumbaugh||F||6-10||215||Hillsboroough CC|
|Michael Joiner||F||6-7||230||Florida State|
|Joe Krabbenhoft (Allocation)||F||6-7||219||Wisconsin|
|Bruce Price (Allocation)||G||6-1||190||Tennessee Tech|
|Mike Nelson (Tryout)||G||6-4||195||North Dakota State|
Follow the Skyforce all season long as we cover the latest news and updates surrounding the Miami Heat's official D-League affiliate. You never know when one of these stars will get a shot to play in the NBA, maybe even in the American Airlines Arena next to Dwyane Wade and company.