Joel Bolomboy Named 2017 NBA D-League All-Star
SALT LAKE CITY (February 16, 2017) – Utah Jazz assignee Joel Bolomboy has been selected by the NBA Development League as a replacement player for the 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Game. The game, which will air live on NBA TV, tips off on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 12:30 p.m. MT from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
The 23-year-old (6-9, 235, Weber State) has appeared in 19 games (17 starts) for the Salt Lake City Stars this season, averaging 15.8 points on 54.7 percent shooting, an NBA D-League leading 12.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 34.1 minutes per game. He is also shooting 48.3 percent (14-of-29) from beyond the arc. Bolomboy has recorded 14 double-doubles and scored in double figures in 16 games, including 20-plus points on five occasions.
Players were eligible to be selected if they competed in at least half of their teams’ games, and must be on an active NBA D-League roster at the time of the All-Star Game to participate. He replaces the Iowa Energy’s JaKarr Sampson as a member of the Western Conference team.
Bolomboy, who was selected by Utah in the second round (52nd overall) in the 2016 NBA Draft, has also appeared in nine games this season for the Jazz. He will join Jazz teammates Gordon Hayward (NBA All-Star Game, Skills Challenge), Danté Exum and Trey Lyles (Rising Stars Challenge) as participants during All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.
About the Utah Jazz
Founded as the 18th member of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1974, and located in Salt Lake City since 1979, the Utah Jazz are committed to excellence as a team and in the community. On the court, the Jazz are the third-winningest team in the NBA over the last 30 years, having won eight division titles and two Western Conference championships along with 14 seasons of 50-plus wins, and are supported by one of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports. Away from the court, the Jazz are very active in the local community and have assisted a multitude of organizations and worthy causes by way of charitable donations, service and grants through Larry H. Miller Charities. The Utah Jazz also operate the Junior Jazz program, the largest and longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA, featuring more than 50,000 players and an additional 13,000 volunteers who take part annually across seven states. For more information on the Utah Jazz, visit www.utahjazz.com.
About the Salt Lake City Stars
The Salt Lake City Stars, the NBA D-League team owned and operated by the Utah Jazz, will play their inaugural season in Utah in 2016-17. The Utah Jazz relocated the Boise-based Idaho Stampede in April 2016 after purchasing the team in March 2015 following a single affiliation agreement for the 2014 season. The Stars will play their home games in a family-friendly atmosphere at Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville. The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. For more information on the Salt Lake City Stars, visit www.slcstars.com.