Austin, TX (June 25, 2008) – The Austin Toros are celebrating their parent franchise, San Antonio Spurs, NBA draft at Third Base on Thursday June 26, 2008, beginning at 6 p.m. The Toros staff will host the party with special appearances by former Toros guard, Cheyne Gadson, the Toros mascot, Da Bull, and the Toros dance team, the Capital City Dancers. Attendees may win autographed items or tickets to opening night.
The San Antonio Spurs have the 26th pick in the first round. Additionally, the Spurs have two picks in the second round at 45th (from Toronto) and 57th overall.
25% of NBA players drafted in the last three years have spent time in the D-league, including Ian Mahinmi, who was drafted 28th overall in 2005 by the San Antonio Spurs. Mahinmi averaged 17.1 points and 8.2 rebounds in 45 games with the Toros last season.
Third Base located on 6th street near MoPac, is one of Austin’s most popular sports bars with over 36 high definition plasma TV’s and many great amenities.
The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, and the first-ever basketball league with direct affiliations to NBA teams. Having recently completed its seventh season, the NBA D-League’s goals are to provide affordable, NBA-caliber entertainment to fans of its 16 teams, as well as continue to develop players, coaches, referees and front-office personnel for the NBA. As the single source for in-season player “call-ups” to the NBA, fans of the D-League enjoy the highest caliber of basketball played outside the NBA. In fact 15 percent of players on 2008 end-of-season NBA rosters spent time honing theirs skills in the League. In addition, it has produced current NBA coaches and 25 percent of the NBA’s referees.
The NBA D-League is an innovative and rapidly growing sports property that also serves as an experimental testing ground for new initiatives like NBA Futurecast, the live web-streaming of all games available free at nba.com/futurcast. The League also provides continuing education and professional development resources for its players, and is committed to serving its local communities through D-LEAGUE CARES and grassroots efforts.
For Toros summer camp and 2008-09 ticket information, call the Toros office at (512) 236-8333 or visit austintoros.com.