The D-League held their annual draft today. Sundiata Gaines was picked at #15 by the Idaho Stampede.
The Stampede should be competitive this year. Gaines will help by bringing his all-around game. He averaged 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists last year in Italy, playing for Cantu.
Idaho is already a pretty good team. They finished second last year in the Western Division of the D-League, one game behind the first place team, the Utah Flash. In 2008, the Stampede won the D-League championship.
I would imagine that Gaines will have a little bit of an adjustment, since he will be moving from New York to Boise. However, in spite of the difference in time and population, the change in location might turn out well for Gaines.
The Stampede are affiliated with the Denver Nuggets and the Portland Trailblazers. I could see Gaines getting a real serious look from one or both of these teams, so maybe there is a path to the NBA somewhere down the road.