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Mad Antics

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Record year for D-League

It wasn't only the Mad Ants that made 2012-13 their best season; the rest of the NBA Development League had a record-setting year, as well.

While the Ants (27-23) finished with their first winning season in franchise history and reached the playoffs for the first time, the remainder of the D-League enjoyed success in its 12th season.

A record 58 NBA players, including 11 who were first round NBA Draft selections in 2012, were assigned to D-League teams this season.

The Mad Ants had five NBA-assigned players for a combined 31 games. Indiana Pacers center Miles Plumlee played 15 games with the Ants, while others were Orlando Johnson (Indiana), Kim English and Khris Middleton (Detroit) and Doron Lamb (Milwaukee).

Also, the D-League sent 31 players to the NBA this season. In a statement, the league said 30 percent of all NBA players have D-League experience.

Eleven NBA teams owned or operated minor league affiliates, including first-time single-affiliated relationships between the Boston Celtics and Maine Red Claws, and the Portland Trail Blazers and Idaho Stampede.

The D-League topped the one million figure in attendance for a fourth straight year. Including postseason, the D-League attendance was 1,123,124, which was up three percent over last year.

The league also forged new deals with CBS Sports Network and its first global streaming partner in You Tube, which enabled all 415 games to be televised or steamed internationially.

A 17th team was added for the 2013-14 season. The Delaware 87ers, owned and operated by the Philadelphia 76ers, will begin their season in November.

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