Okaro White has another reason to celebrate today after signing with the Miami Heat for the rest of the season. Just hours after the news broke that White is sticking in the NBA, he’s now been named to the 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Game that will be played in New Orleans as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend.
White was called up last month from the Heat’s D-League affiliate team, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, and signed a 10-day contract as Miami began their now-historic win streak. He appeared in 23 games for the Skyforce, averaging 18.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.09 steals and 33.0 minutes while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 86 percent from the foul line. He also ranked second on the team in points (424), rebounds (201), field goals made (144), three-point field goals made (38) and free throws made (98).
White joins former Skyforce teammates Briante Weber, who is currently playing on a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors, and Keith Benson on the 12-man Western Conference All-Star roster. Weber, went undrafted in 2015 and signed with the Heat, joining the Skyforce after he was cut before the regular season began. Weber appeared in four games with the Memphis Grizzlies last season and was also a late addition to the Heat, appearing in one game. Benson, 28, has been a part of the Heat’s training camp roster the past two seasons.
However, it is doubtful that White or Weber will actually participate in the game as players must be on an active D-League roster at the time of the All-Star game. The D-League will replace ineligible (or injured) players prior to the game. It is also possible, however unlikely given his strong play as of late and because of injuries to several players on the roster, that the Heat assigns White back to the Skyforce during this time.
The 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Game will air live on NBA TV and tips off on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. ET from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.