Why (and how) you should pay attention to the Iowa Energy this season

Oct 30, 2016; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward James Ennis (8) dribbles in the second quarter as Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr (22) defends at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Heading into the 2016-17 season, the Iowa Energy look to have a successful year. The following is a breakdown of the team and some information on how to follow the Memphis Grizzlies’ D-League affiliate.

The Iowa Energy, the Memphis Grizzlies D-League affiliate, start their season on Nov. 11 at the Los Angeles Defenders. Last season, the Energy finished third in the Central Division and failed to make the playoffs. For their 10th anniversary, they’re looking this year to replicate the success of 2011, when they won the championship.

Nov 2, 2016; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green (0) and Memphis Grizzlies forward James Ennis (8) celebrate during the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies beats the New Orleans Pelicans in overtime 93-89. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

For those not in the know, the Iowa Energy play in Des Moines, Iowa and entered a single affiliation deal with the Grizzlies in 2014. Players in the D-League can receive call-ups to the NBA, usually as part of a 10-day contract, which are available after Jan. 5) Current Memphis Grizzlies player and fan-favorite, James Ennis (#WeEnnis) was a member of the Iowa Energy last season.

The D-League consists of 22 teams who play 50 games and then compete in a postseason championship race. The D-League also has an All-Star game, along with a showcase, in which all the teams play each other for NBA scouts to watch.

According to dleague.nba.com, 30 percent of NBA players on opening night rosters had NBA D-League experience. The site also breaks down the basics of how the league works and how players are called up.

The D-League produces a select team, which several teams, including the Memphis Grizzlies, scrimmage during the NBA pre-season.

Roster

With last year’s star player, Andrew Harrison, being a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, the current Iowa Energy’s Roster consists of the following:

(Courtesy of the Iowa Energy)

NUM PLAYER POS HEIGHT WEIGHT FROM
13 AARON BROWN G 6′ 5″ 210 Boston College/United States
11 QUINTON CHIEVOUS F 6′ 6″ 225 Hampton/United States
8 MARQUEZE COLEMAN G 6′ 4″ 190 Nevada/United States
24 MATT COSTELLO F 6′ 9″ 245 Michigan State/USA
12 KELLEN DUNHAM G   6′ 4″ 205 Butler/USA
5 MATT GATENS G 6′ 5″ 212 Iowa/United States
22 RAMON HARRIS F 6′ 7″ 220 Kentucky/United States
9 KALIN LUCAS G 6′ 1″ 195 Michigan State/USA
20 CARTIER MARTIN F 6′ 7″ 220 Kansas State/USA
32 DEANGELO RILEY F 6′ 9″ 235 Azusa Pacific/United States
14 JAKARR SAMPSON F 6′ 9″ 207 St. John’s (N.Y.)/USA
7 WAYNE SELDEN G 6′ 4″ 232 Kansas/USA
10 MARDRACUS WADE G 6′ 2″ 180 Arkansas/United States
6 TERRY WHISNANT G 6′ 3″ 185 East Carolina/United States

Notable Players:

During the offseason, we broke down several D-League players and predicted what their future could hold:

Iowa Energy Schedule

The Energy start the season on Nov. 11 and play through Apr. 1. The full schedule can be located here. Anyone who lives close enough to go to a game should definitely check them out.

According to the Iowa Energy home page, every Saturday is $2 beer night and they offer a Domino’s $20 Meal Deal (2 tickets, 1 Large 1-Topping Pizza and a 2-Liter) on Monday through Wednesday.

A couple of notable games this season include:

  • Saturday, Dec. 3 – Sioux Falls Skyforce vs Iowa Energy
    • This is the first time the Energy will play the reigning champions
  • Thursday, Dec. 15 – Austin Spurs vs Iowa Energy
    • Austin is San Antonio’s affiliate and the Spurs (NBA) always have a knack for finding talent, so expect to see a player or two from this team in the future.

Check back here at Beale Street Bears throughout the season as we cover the Iowa Energy!

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