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  • Mad Ants affiliates up to baker’s dozen
    The D-League is moving toward a system in which there’s one team for every NBA team. But not all the NBA teams are yet interested in running a D-League team or even regularly sending players down.

D-League capsules

Austin Toros

Location: Austin, Texas

NBA affiliate: San Antonio

Coach: Taylor Jenkins

2011-12 record: 33-17

At Mad Ants: March 22

The skinny: Former Illinois standout Luther Head is with the Toros again. Justin Dentmon, who averaged 22.8 points last season, is the leading scorer returning.

Bakersfield Jam

Location: Bakersfield, Calif.

NBA affiliates: Atlanta, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix, Toronto

Coach: Will Voigt

2011-12 record: 28-22

At Mad Ants: March 10

The skinny: Former Wisconsin center Brian Butch, 6-11, is back. Butch played 17 games with the Jam last season and averaged 15.3 points and 9.8 rebounds.

Canton Charge

Location: Canton, Ohio

NBA affiliate: Cleveland

Coach: Alex Jensen

2011-12 record: 27-23

At Mad Ants: Nov. 28, Dec. 18, Feb. 4, March 5

The skinny: Former Mad Ants guard Thomas Baudenet went to the Charge in a trade. Canton also has a pair of former West Virginia players in 6-foot-8 Kevin Jones and 6-6 Alex Ruoff.

Erie BayHawks

Location: Erie, Pa.

NBA affiliate: New York

Coach: Gene Cross

2011-12 record: 28-22

At Mad Ants: Nov. 23, Feb. 26

The skinny: Returning at forward is former Mad Ant Marvin Phillips. The BayHawks had Joey Graham on its preseason roster. Graham played nine games last season in Erie and averaged 20.8 points.

Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Location: Fort Wayne

NBA affiliates: Charlotte, Detroit, Indiana, Milwaukee

Coach: Duane Ticknor

2011-12 record: 14-36

The skinny: Ticknor is team’s fifth coach. Ants return veteran guards Ron Howard and Walker Russell Jr. and have No. 1 overall draft pick in 6-10 forward JaJuan Johnson, the former Purdue All-American and 2011 Big Ten Player of the Year.

Idaho Stampede

Location: Boise, Idaho

NBA affiliate: Portland

Coach: Michael Peck

2011-12 record: 21-29

At Mad Ants: March 2

The skinny: Former Michigan State guard Durrell Summers scored 32 points in the Stampede’s preseason game. Also returning is 6-7 Jason Ellis, who averaged 13.8 rebounds last year.

Iowa Energy

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

NBA affiliates: Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, Washington

Coach: Kevin Young

2011-12 record: 25-25

At Mad Ants: Nov. 30

The skinny: A familiar name could be Dominique Morrison, a 6-6 forward who played at Oral Roberts, a Summit League opponent of IPFW. The Energy’s first draft pick was 6-5 guard Justin Hurtt, from Tulsa.

Los Angeles D-Fenders

Location: Los Angeles, Calif.

NBA affiliate: Los Angeles Lakers

Coach: Reggie Theus

2011-12 record: 38-12

At Mad Ants: None

The skinny: Theus is a former head coach at Sacramento and assistant with Minnesota. The D-Fenders have former Ants center Jarrid Famous.

Maine Red Claws

Location: Portland, Maine

NBA affiliate: Boston

Coach: Mike Taylor

2011-12 record: 21-29

At Mad Ants: Nov. 25, Dec. 14, Jan. 31, March 21

The skinny: The Celtics assigned 7-0 Fab Melo and 6-7 Kris Joseph to the Red Claws. Maine also drafted former Butler guard Shelvin Mack and former Indiana guard Jeremiah Rivers. Former Ant Corey Allmond is also on the roster.

Reno Bighorns

Location: Reno, Nev.

NBA affiliate: Memphis, Sacramento, Utah

Coach: Paul Mokeski

2011-12 record: 21-29

At Mad Ants: March 29

The skinny: Already one of the bigger teams in the league, the Bighorns got 7-foot David Harrison. Harrison played 189 games with the Indiana Pacers from 2004-08. Reno has three others listed at 6-9 or taller.

Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Location: McAllen, Texas

NBA affiliate: Houston

Coach: Nick Nurse

2011-12 record: 24-26

At Mad Ants: Feb. 8, March 24

The skinny: Nurse, the former Iowa coach, returns 6-7 forward Marshall Brown, who averaged 10.2 points last season, and 6-5 guard Jermaine Taylor, who averaged 14.2 last year.

Santa Cruz Warriors

Location: Santa Cruz, Calif.

NBA affiliate: Golden State

Coach: Nate Bjorkgren

2011-12 record: 29-21

At Mad Ants: Jan. 3, Jan. 5

The skinny: It was the only franchise switch of the offseason, as Dakota went from Bismarck, N.D., to Santa Cruz, Calif. The Warriors obtained former Ants guard Cam Jones in a trade. Jones averaged 14 points last season with Fort Wayne.

Sioux Falls Skyforce

Location: Sioux Falls, S.D.

NBA affiliates: Miami, Minnesota, Orlando, Philadelphia

Coach: Joel Abelson

2011-12 record: 15-35

At Mad Ants: Feb. 6

The skinny: The Skyforce could have the tallest player in the D-League this season in 7-5 Will Foster of Gonzaga. Notre Dame’s Luke Zeller was on the preseason roster, as was former Mad Ant Obi Muonelo. Leo Lyons (14.9 points per game) and Lance Thomas (12.6) are veterans back from last season.

Springfield Armor

Location: Springfield, Mass.

NBA affiliate: Brooklyn

Coach: Bob MacKinnon

2011-12 record: 22-28

At Mad Ants: Dec. 15, March 1

The skinny: Springfield acquired 6-3 guard Ben Uzoh from Rio Grande Valley. The Armor have former Notre Dame forward Carlton Scott and former Butler guard Shawn Vanzant.

Texas Legends

Location: Frisco, Texas

NBA affiliate: Dallas

Coach: Eduardo Najera

2011-12 record: 24-26

At Mad Ants: Dec. 28, March 31

The skinny: Former NBA player Najera takes over as the Legends’ coach. Also on the bench will be former NBA great Sam Perkins, who will serve as assistant. Christian Eyenga, a 6-7 forward who played with Cleveland, leads the list of players.

Tulsa 66ers

Location: Tulsa, Okla.

NBA affiliate: Oklahoma City

Coach: Darko Rajaskovic

2011-12 record: 23-27

At Mad Ants: DNA

The skinny: Former Indiana Tech forward Rodney Bartholomew, a fifth-round draft choice, was still on the 66ers’ roster. Sent to Tulsa from Oklahoma City were former Syracuse guard Andy Rautins and former Georgetown forward Hollis Thompson.

– Steve Warden, The Journal Gazette