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San Antonio Spurs Assign James Anderson To Austin Toros

NEW YORK, Jan. 26, 2011 – San Antonio Spurs guard James Anderson was assigned to the Austin Toros, the Spurs’ NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 33rd time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the first assignment for Anderson, a rookie out of Oklahoma State.

Anderson (6-6, 215) has appeared in six games this season for the Spurs, averaging 7.0 points, 1.5 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 17.7 minutes. Anderson, whom the Spurs selected in the first round (20th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft, has been out since Nov. 11 with a right foot injury.

The 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year, Anderson averaged 17.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists over 101 games in a three-year career at Oklahoma State. In his final season (2009-10), Anderson averaged 22.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists, and was named to the AP All-America Second Team. His career scoring average is the second highest in school history, and his 1,811 total points rank fourth.

Anderson is expected to join the Toros for the team’s home game against the Reno Bighorns today at noon. Spurs fans can keep track of Anderson and the Toros by logging onto nba.com/dleague to watch every game live, online, for free.

The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA FUTURECAST, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.