Malcolm Thomas Named 2014 NBA D-League All-Star
Becomes fifth player ever selected as a D-League All-Star while a member of the Jazz
SALT LAKE CITY (February 3, 2014) – The NBA announced today that Utah Jazz forward Malcolm Thomas has been selected to the 2014 NBA Development League All-Star Game, as a member of the NBA D-League All-Star Futures team. The game, which is to be played Saturday, February 15, in New Orleans during NBA All-Star 2014 will begin at 1 p.m. MT at Sprint Arena inside NBA All-Star Jam Session at New Orleans’ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and will air live on NBA TV.
The 25-year-old Thomas (6-9, 225, San Diego State) joined the Jazz on January 25 after he was claimed off waivers from San Antonio. Thomas has played in each of the last two games for the Jazz (6.0 minutes per game), after appearing in one game for the Spurs, scoring two points, grabbing nine rebounds with two blocks in 15 minutes vs. Milwaukee on January 19. He also appeared in 10 games while on assignment with the Spurs’ D-League affiliate, the Austin Toros, where he averaged 15.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.40 blocks. Thomas was signed by the Spurs on Dec. 3 as a D-League call-up from the Los Angeles D-Fenders, for whom he appeared in two games and was averaging a league-best 33.5 points and 15.5 rebounds.
The field of 20 players was selected by a vote of the NBA D-League’s 17 head coaches and was divided into two teams by League officials. Players were eligible to be selected based on having played in at least half of their team’s games through Jan. 26. Each player must be on an active NBA D-League roster at the time of the NBA D-League All-Star Game in order to compete.
Thomas becomes the fifth player in Jazz history selected a D-League All-Star while a member of the Jazz, joining Lou Amundson (2007), Morris Almond and Kyrylo Fesenko (2008), and Sundiata Gaines (2010). Both Amundson and Gaines were selected but did not play following their NBA call-ups to the Jazz.
Thomas is one of five current NBA players selected to the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game, joining fellow call-ups Manny Harris (L.A. Lakers) and Christapher Johnson (Boston Celtics), and D-League assignees Robert Covington and Isaiah Canaan (both on assignment from the Houston Rockets).
The 2014 NBA D-League Dream Factory presented by Boost Mobile will be integrated into Saturday’s NBA D-League All-Star Game, with action beginning at 12:30 p.m. MT when the League’s sharpshooters take to the court to participate in the NBA D-League Boost Mobile Three-Point Contest. Skills competition activities will continue during the game’s halftime break, with the NBA D-League Boost Mobile Slam Dunk Contest.