Celebrating Jam’s Successful Season

BAKERSFIELD, May 5, 2011 – The Bakersfield Jam, NBA affiliate of the Los Angeles Clippers and the back-to-back defending world champion Los Angeles Lakers, complete the season with recognition as the NBA Development League’s biggest turnaround of the 2010-11 campaign. After ending the 2009-10 season at 17-33, the Jam, under second-year Head Coach Will Voigt, compiled a 29-21 regular season record. The best season to date in the franchise’s five-year history, the team also made their second franchise playoff appearance. The sixth-seeded Jam claimed a 1-0 lead in the first-round series, winning their first ever playoff home game in franchise history, which was nationally televised on VERSUS from the Jam Events Center. Overall, the Jam ranked in the top-five in the league in points, assists, rebounds, blocks and three-point field goal percentage this season. Defensively, Bakersfield held opponents to the second lowest field goal shooting percentage during the season.

The Jam coaching staff worked to develop three NBA players this season, including Los Angeles Lakers rookie forwards Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter as well as Clippers rookie guard Willie Warren. Caracter’s assignment on April 6 set an NBA Development League record in total NBA player assignments (54), individual NBA players assigned (37) and NBA teams assigning a player (25). The Clippers also made history this season when they sent down Warren on February 3rd, making him their first D-League assignment in franchise history.

Trey Johnson had a phenomenal year for the Jam, earning two GATORADE Call-Ups to the Toronto Raptors and most recently, the Los Angeles Lakers. Trey was the NBA Development League’s leading scorer this season, averaging 25.5 points per game, including an NBA D-League season high 48 point performance in the double-overtime loss to the Erie BayHawks on March 18. He was selected to the Fifth Annual NBA D-League All-Star Game, 2010-11 All-NBA D-League First Team, and came in second in voting for the NBA Development League’s Most Valuable Player Award. Johnson was also named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played during the week of Dec. 6 and NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in December.

After spending the beginning of the season overseas, Derrick Byars returned to Bakersfield in January and made an instant impact on the team for the remainder of the season. Derrick was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played during the week of January 31 and participated in the 2011 NBA D-League All-Star Slam Dunk Contest. In addition, he received 2011 NBA D-League Showcase and 2010-11 All-NBA Development League Honorable Mentions.

Jeremy Wise was the only Jam player to play in all 53 regular season and playoff games for Bakersfield this season. He was also honored by the NBA D-League as he was selected to participate in the Dream Factory Friday Night event during the 2011 All-Star weekend in Los Angeles. Teaming up with New Mexico’s Shane Edwards and Utah’s Orien Greene, Jeremy hit a half-court shot to win the Haier Shooting Stars competition.

Jam rookie guard Stephen Dennis was selected as one of four D-League players to work-out for the Chicago Bulls in February. He set a single-game team-high in assists on the year with 13.

Center Drew Naymick led Bakersfield in double-doubles this season with 11. He also set single-game team-highs in rebounds with 16 and blocked shots with 7.

The Bakersfield Jam look forward to next season and are preparing for another year of great NBA basketball here in Bakersfield. Stay connected and visit www.bakersfieldjam.com for the latest off-season updates and news. We appreciate your support, Go Jam!