Three Armor players named NBA D-League All Stars

February 20, 2012

SPRINGFIELD — JamesOn Curry, Jeff Foote and Jerry Smith were all selected to participate in the sixth annual NBA D-League All-Star Game, presented by 26 Seconds on Feb. 25, on Center Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session.

The game will air live on NBA TV at 2 p.m. The Armor tied with the Los Angeles D-Fenders for the league lead with three All-Stars.

"I'm extremely happy for all three guys and for our organization," Armor Head Coach Bob MacKinnon said. "This shows how hard they've worked and how supportive their teammates have been. We're looking forward to continuing our season and hopefully making a strong run toward the playoffs."

Curry, the Armor's longest tenured player, returned for his third season with the team this year and is averaging 16.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.9 steals in 36.6 minutes per game. Curry is tied for second in the league in assists and tied for third in steals. He spent time in NBA training camp with the New Jersey Nets.

Foote, who was acquired from the NBA D-League's available player pool this season, is averaging 14.6 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 31.9 minutes per game. He has registered a team-high eight double-doubles and is sixth in the league in rebounding. Foote spent time in NBA training camp with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Smith, who is the reigning NBA D-League Performer of the Week, returned for his second season in Springfield and is averaging a team-high 17.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals in 33.6 minutes per game. He spent time in NBA training camp with the New Jersey Nets.

A combination of voting by the league's 16 head coaches and fan balloting on was used to select the 20 NBA D-League All-Stars, 10 from each conference. Players who have been selected must be on an active NBA D-League roster to compete in the NBA D-League All-Star Game.

Last season, eight of the 20 NBA D-League All-Stars who played in Los Angeles went on to earn GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA later in the year. At the end of last season, almost one-in-four NBA players had NBA D-League experience. Over the NBA D-League All-Star Game's five-year history, 59 of the 100 players have had, or subsequently earned, NBA experience.

"We're thrilled to bring 20 of the NBA's top prospects to Orlando to participate in NBA All-Star festivities," NBA D-League President Dan Reed said. "The NBA D-League All-Star Game presented by 26 Seconds gives NBA fans an opportunity to watch future NBA players while enjoying our signature brand of exciting, fan-friendly basketball for the sixth consecutive year at NBA All-Star Jam Session."

The complete 2012 NBA D-League All-Star teams are listed below.

East All Star roster

Forward Marqus Blakely (Iowa) Forward Tyrell Biggs (Canton)

Guard JamesOn Curry (Springfield)

Center Jeff Foote (Springfield)

Center Charles Garcia (Sioux Falls)

Forward Darnell Lazare (Fort Wayne)

Guard Keith McLeod (Erie)

*Guard Walker Russell (Fort Wayne)

Guard Jerry Smith (Springfield)

Forward Edwin Ubiles (Dakota)

Head Coach: Kevin Young (Iowa)

Assistant Coach: Gene Cross (Iowa)

Athletic Trainer: Jeremy MacVarish (Iowa)

West All Star roster

Guard Blake Ahearn (Reno)

Center Brandon Costner (L.A.)

Guard Justin Dentmon (Austin)

Guard Jerome Dyson (Tulsa)

Forward Andre Emmett (Reno)

Forward Gerald Green (L.A.)

Forward Marcus Lewis (Tulsa)

Guard Elijah Millsap (L.A.)

Center Greg Smith (RGV)

*Forward Lance Thomas (Austin)

Head Coach: Brad Jones (Austin)

Assistant Coaches: Taylor Jenkins (Austin), Alex Lloyd (Austin)

Athletic Trainer: Nixon Dorvilien (Austin)

* Indicates a player currently in the NBA.

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