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Anaheim Arsenal To Host Draft Party

October 31, 2007 - NBA G League (G League) - Anaheim Arsenal News Release

Anaheim, Calif., October 31, 2007 - Join the Anaheim Arsenal for the 2007 NBA Development League Draft at National Sports Grill (450 North State College Blvd. Orange, CA 92868) this Thursday, November 1st from 4PM - 7PM. Enjoy FREE appetizers, beverages and meet some of the new Arsenal cheerleaders. In addition to prize giveaways, attending Arsenal fans have a chance to win a new Anaheim Arsenal authentic Adidas jersey for the 2007-2008 Season.

The draft is "serpentine" or "snaked" which means the order will be reversed in each of the ten rounds. For example, after picking 9th, Anaheim's next selections will be the 20th and 37th overall.

"Selecting 9th and 20th in the draft will allow the team to acquire quality players and will help establish the lineup we want to lead the Arsenal into the playoffs," Arsenal team President Jeff Jones stated.

The Anaheim Arsenal is heading into its second season with Head Coach Reggie Geary leading the team. The Anaheim Arsenal selected former Northeast Conference Player of the year Corsley Edwards with the first overall pick in the 2006 NBA Development League Draft.

Arsenal Head Coach Reggie Geary stated, "We feel with the 9th and 20th selections we will find quality players that can help our team this season."

Who will be the newest additions to the Arsenal and how will they contribute to the Arsenal playoff push for the 2007-2008 season? The season is just around the corner and the 2007 NBA Development League Draft is a perfect reason to get back into the basketball action. Come enjoy our 2007 Draft Party and join the Arsenal!

This year there are 44 former D-League players on opening day NBA rosters. Last year 62 players on end-of-season NBA rosters competed in the NBA Development League at some point during their careers. Referees are also honing their skills in the NBA's official minor league as every referee hired by the NBA since 2002 has worked in the D-League. In total 25 per cent of all NBA referees refined their skills in the D-League. This season also features the first former D-League coach to be promoted to head coach in the NBA as Sam Vincent leads the Charlotte Bobcats.

The complete order of the first round of the D-League Draft will be:

1) Colorado 14ers

2) Dakota Wizards

3) Albuquerque Thunderbirds

4) Idaho Stampede

5) Rio Grande Valley Vipers

6) Sioux Falls Skyforce

7) Fort Wayne Mad Ants

8) Los Angeles D-Fenders

9) Anaheim Arsenal

10) Utah Flash

11) Tulsa 66ers

12) Austin Toros

13) Bakersfield Jam

14) Iowa Energy

For directions to National Sports Grill for the Arsenal Draft Party, or to book a party, call (714) 935-0300.

The Arsenal season tips off at home on November 24 against the Utah Flash at 7:30PM at the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center. Arsenal 2007-2008 season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Arsenal Ticket office at (714)635-BALL.

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