Brian Butch Added to All-Star Team
(Bakersfield, Calif. – February 10, 2010) — The Bakersfield Jam is proud to announce that standout forward Brian Butch has been added to the roster of the NBA D-League’s West team.
Butch was already scheduled to participate in the Haier Shooting Stars competition during the 2010 NBA D-League Dream Factory Friday Night, and will now replace Idaho’s Anthony Tolliver (who was a Gatorade Call-Up to the Golden State Warriors) in the Saturday afternoon All-Star Game.
Bakersfield’s leading scorer and rebounder since joining the team in mid-December, Butch has averaged 16.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 blocks for the Jam. He exploded for a season-high 31 points – to go with 12 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks – in a January 16 battle with the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
Butch will travel to Dallas with teammate Blake Ahearn, who will participate in the NBA D-League Three-Point Shootout.
Details on the rest of the replacements in the NBA D-League All-Star Game can be found here: http://www.nba.com/dleague/news/allstar_replacements_100210.html.
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2009-10 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while 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 season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.