The Santa Cruz Warriors made Scott Suggs their first pick in the 2013 D-League Draft. - USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA D-League Draft: Santa Cruz Warriors select Scott Suggs 15th overall

The Santa Cruz Warriors will have nine picks in the eight-round 2013 NBA D-League Draft. For more in-depth coverage of D-League draft prospects, check out Ridiculous Upside's stream.

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Santa Cruz news: Draft recap, Tyler traded (again)

A rundown of a busy few days for the Santa Cruz Warriors since the 2013 NBA D-League Draft.


Santa Cruz trades Tyler, Suggs, Gibson to Erie

In a move that has been rumored to be in the works for a while now, the Santa Cruz Warriors have made a trade centered around former Golden State Warriors draft pick Jeremy Tyler being sent to the Erie Bayhawks.

In exchange for sending Tyler, first round pick Scott Suggs, and third round pick Shane Gibson to the Bayhawks, Santa Cruz has received a package that includes the rights to guard John Allen and post Dwayne Jones from the Texas Legends, guard William Buford from the Iowa Energy, forward Paul Crosby from the Maine Red Claws and forward Ryan Evans from the BayHawks.

Yet as reported by Keith Schlosser of Ridiculous Upside, the Bayhawks made the deal with their NBA affiliate - the New York Knicks - in mind: after cutting him in training camp, the Knicks wanted to keep him close and needed to make the deal for his D-League rights with Santa Cruz to keep him with their organization.

For more on the deal, check out the Ridiculous Upside article (which we've cross-posted in our Santa Cruz Warriors section). For more on the Santa Cruz Warriors' draft, check out GSoM's 2013 D-League Draft storystream.


Santa Cruz selects Oakland native Kiwi Gardner

Always in need of intriguing local stories, the Santa Cruz Warriors selected Oakland native Kiwi Gardner in the seventh round with their final pick of the 2013 D-League Draft.

Yes, you too can go from YouTube sensation to D-League draft pick if you just work hard enough! Although he's a long shot to make the roster out of open tryouts, there is precedent, as reported in a recent article from Rusty Simmons of the SF Chronicle.

In the past three years, about 125 players from local tryouts have made D-League training-camp rosters and approximately half of those players have appeared in at least one D-League game.

For the Warriors, Daniel Nwaelele was invited to training camp out of the 2012 Oakland tryout, and now he's in camp with the San Antonio Spurs. Stefhon Hannah was discovered at an open tryout in Chicago, and he's been the D-League Defensive Player of the Year for two consecutive seasons.

At 5-foot-7 he'll have an uphill battle to actually make the roster, but this is certainly a first step.


Santa Cruz selects Garland Judkins in sixth round

The Santa Cruz Warriors selected Garland Judkins of Texas A&M - Corpus Christi - an Arizona transfer - in the sixth round of the draft.

Noteworthy: Judkins is from the same high school as DeAndre Jordan and Ben McLemore (Christian Life Center, which was once coached by former And1 legend Rafer Alston).

For Judkins' college numbers, check out


Santa Cruz selects Earl Pettis in the fifth round

Without a fourth round pick, the Santa Cruz Warriors selected Earl Pettis in the fifth round of the D-League Draft.

Pettis is a 6-foot-5 guard out of LaSalle who transferred from Rutgers after his first two seasons. For his statistical profile, check out Sports Reference.


Santa Cruz selects Atkinson & Outerbridge in third

The Santa Cruz Warriors used their 15th and 16th picks in the third round on Jeremy Atkinson and Orion Outerbridge, respectively.

We'll begin with the 6-foot-9 Outerbridge out of Rhode Island, who was the subject of an analysis at SB Nation's Ridiculous Upside:

Often compared to Wilson Chandler, Outerbridge may be a bit more raw than the rest, but his versatile talent is still evident. Like Aasiya-Bey, the forward impressed at the league's national tryout in June. In addition, Outerbridge also strutted his stuff at a workout attended by representatives from up to nine NBA teams earlier this summer.

Outerbridge's scoring efficiency took a dip in his final season at Rhode Island as his minutes and usage rate increased a bit but he clearly caught the eye of scouts nonetheless. For more on Outerbridge, check out his Sports-Reference profile.

DraftExpress lists Atkinson as a 6-foot-3 forward out of UNC-Asheville who showed the ability to do a little bit of everything: a mediocre 3-point shooter for a pro prospect, he rebounded relatively well for his size and showed the ability to score rather efficiently at a high volume. For more on him, check out his Sports-Reference profile.


Santa Cruz selects Shane Gibson in the third round

With the fourth pick in the third round of the 2013 NBA D-League Draft, the Santa Cruz Warriors selected Shane Gibson out of Sacred Heart.

In a 2012 article by Yahoo's Jeff Eisenberg, Gibson said that he thought his numbers warranted a look by the NBA.

"I think I'd probably have gotten more recognition last year if we had won some more games," Gibson said. "I've watched other guys and I've seen the attention they're getting, and I'm just like, 'Are they not seeing the numbers I'm putting up over here?' Hopefully with more team success, some of that comes this year."

Although those impressive junior year numbers took a bit of a dip in his senior year, Gibson was still an extremely efficient scorer and shot 41.6% from the 3-point line in his senior season (about his career average). The likely problem in the eyes of NBA scouts: Gibson is listed as just 6-foot-2.

Gibson did ultimately make the Sacramento Kings summer league roster after working out for them prior to the 2013 NBA Draft.

For more on Gibson, check out his stats at


Santa Cruz selects 7-footer Jon Kreft

With the third pick in the second round, the Santa Cruz Warriors selected Jon Kreft who played his college ball at Florida State.

Kreft is a 7-footer with an impressive block percentage in his final year at Florida State (2011-12) and a solid offensive rebounding percentage (10.7%). You can see his full statistical profile at, but the Sun Sentinel also had an extended feature about the center and framed him as a redemption story.


Santa Cruz selects Scott Suggs 15th overall

With their first pick in the 2013 NBA D-League draft, the Santa Cruz Warriors have selected 6-foot-6 wing Scott Suggs from the University of Washington.

Pac-12 fans will probably remember that Suggs is known for his shooting ability: the wing shot 40.1% from the 3-point line for his career and 38.7% on 4.6 attempts per game in his final season with the Huskies.

Suggs' scoring efficiency took a bit of a dip in his senior year when his usage rate went up, but clearly his long-range shooting ability is an asset.

For Suggs' college stats, check out his profile.


Santa Cruz Warriors to pick 15th in D-League Draft

The Santa Cruz Warriors will have 10 picks in the eight-round 2013 NBA D-League Draft.

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