(Bakersfield, Calif., April 8, 2008) – The Golden State Warriors today announced that they have recalled center Patrick O’Bryant from the Bakersfield Jam. O’Bryant left the Jam Tuesday and will join the Warriors as soon as possible for the team's playoff push.
O’Bryant appeared in eight games with the Jam since being assigned to Bakersfield on March 10. The 7-footer averaged 16.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots over that eight-game span, including a season-high 22 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots in last Friday’s game versus the Idaho Stampede.
“The Warriors have been keeping close tabs on Patrick since they assigned him to us, and they have been impressed with the way he’s been playing,” said Jam Head Coach Scott Roth. “Patrick has been a key part of our team the past month and we are thrilled to have played a role in his development.”
O’Bryant was the second center to be assigned to Bakersfield this season, following Kosta Perovic who appeared in 21 games with Bakersfield earlier this season. O’Bryant was Golden State’s first-round draft pick (the ninth pick overall) in the 2006 NBA Draft. He played 25 games in Bakersfield last season, averaging 12 points, nine rebounds and nearly three blocked shots a game.
With the Warriors last season, O’Bryant appeared in 16 games, averaging 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds in 7˝ minutes a game. This season, he has appeared in 22 games for Golden State, averaging just under 4˝ minutes, scoring 1.5 points and grabbing 1.3 rebounds.
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