Series: Six Degrees of #FORCENATION
Cleveland Cavaliers Edition (2)
Former Skyforce guard DeAndre Liggins played in 61 games (19 starts) for Cleveland this season and averaged 2.4 points and 1.7 rebounds while bringing intensity on the defensive end of the floor before being waived on April 9.
Liggins has played 76 games (74 starts) in a Skyforce uniform and has career averages of 13.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists. He has won the NBA D-League’s Defensive Player of the Year award twice, and was a member of the 2016 NBA D-League Championship team a year ago.
Liggins was recently claimed off of waivers by the Dallas Mavericks on April 11. More information on Liggins’ journey will be included in the Mavericks’ edition of Six Degrees of #FORCENATION.
Former Skyforce head coach and USD graduate Nate Tibbetts moved into an assistant coaching role with the Cavaliers from 2011-13 before being hired by the Portland Trail Blazers.
In total, Cleveland has accounted for just two of Sioux Falls’ 81 call-ups. The late Bobby Phills was plucked out of Sioux Falls by the Cavaliers during the 1991-92 season and exploded onto the NBA scene. He appeared in 334 games for Cleveland over six seasons, averaging 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Stephen Graham received the other Cleveland call-up during the 2005-06 season. Graham appeared in 13 games for the Cavaliers and averaged 2.8 points and 1.2 rebounds per game.