March 19, 2010 - American Basketball Association (ABA)
Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) (www.abalive.com) today announced its All-Decade Team covering 2000-2009. "We have had, and continue to have, some fabulous athletes in the ABA," stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO. "We thought it would be nice to recognize some of the outstanding players and coaches over the past decade. And we feel that many of our current players are of equal caliber and can compete with any team. This was not an easy task at all."
ABA First Team All-Decade
Joe Crispin - Kansas City Knights
Kareem Reed - Arkansas RimRockers
Daryan Selvy, Arkansas Aeros
Tim Ellis - Bellevue Blackhawks
Clay Tucker - Utah Snowbears
Sun Yue - Beijing Aoshen Olympian
Antwain Barbour - Kentucky Colonels
DeRon Rutledge - SETX Mavericks
Dennis Rodman - Long Beach JAM
Boris Siakam - Kentucky Bisons
Jamario Moon - Kentucky Colonels
Cedric McGinnis - Atlanta Vision
George Leach - Carolina Thunder
Derrick Dial - Long Beach JAM
ABA Second Team All-Decade
Harold Arceneaux - Utah Snowbears
Dontae Jones - Nashville Rhythm
Brian Jackson - Arkansas RimRockers
Daryl (Magic) Dorsey - Las Vegas Rattlers
Caleb Gervin - Detroit Dogs
Lamar Castille - San Jose Skyrockets
Shaun Fountain - Indiana Alley Cats
Aaron Cook - Vermont Frost Heaves
Johnny Tyson - Texas Tycoons
Anthony Epps - Kentucky Colonels
Tim Pledger - St. Louis Stunners
Tim Hardaway - Florida Pit Bulls
Armon Gilliam - Pittsburgh Xplosion
Sam Mack - Chicago Steam
Anthony Anderson - Manchester Millrats
ABA First Team Coaches All-Decade
Steve Tucker - Texas Tycoons, Jacksonville JAM, SETX Mavericks. Tucker is the Dean of ABA coaches having coached in the ABA since the 2004 season and has taken three different teams to the playoffs and is reigning coach of the year as well as the all-time wins leader in the league.
Kevin Pritchard - Kansas City Knights. Following a successful career with the Knights, a former ABA Champion, Pritchard went on to work with the NBA Portland Trailblazers as a coach, GM and then President of the team.
Will Voigt - Vermont Frostheaves. Will won back-to-back ABA Championships and after a three-year stint, he accepted the Head Coaching position with the Bakersfield JAM in the NBDL. He is second to only Steve Tucker in all-time ABA wins.
ABA Second Team Coaches All-Decade
Kevin Keathley - Kentucky Colonels, SETX Mavericks. The former 2005 co-Coach of the year, he also signed future NBA player Jamario Moon. His teams upstyle tempo held set several ABA scoring records.
Greg Graham - Indiana Alley Cats. Led the Alley Cats to one of the best records in A BA history and was named 2006 Coach of the Year. A former NBA player and now a successful high school coach.
Otis Key - Kentucky Bisons. Helped mold the team that won the 2009 ABA Championship and is a contender again this season. Otis is a former Harlem Globetrotter.
Andy Stoglin - Mississippi Stingers. A veteran college coach, Andy led Mississippi to one of the best records in the league in 2004-2005 and later became head coach of the Arkansas Rimrockers in the NBDL.
The teams were compiled by Steve Tucker and Kevin Keathley, coaches for the SETX Mavericks. For more information, visit www.abalive.com.
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