Bakersfield's Brian Butch Named NBA D-League Performer of the Week
NEW YORK, April 8, 2013 – Brian Butch of the Bakersfield Jam was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played April 1-7. The honor is the first for Butch of his career.
Butch (6-11, 240, Wisconsin) helped the Jam to a 3-0 week to close out the 2013 NBA D-League regular season and clinch the West Division title. He played in two games, averaging 27.5 points while shooting 69 percent from the field, 15.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 34.5 minutes.
He led the team in both scoring and rebounding in both of his outings, including a season-high 28 points in a 109-102 win over the Santa Cruz Warriors on April 5. He tied a season high with 18 rebounds on April 1 in a 124-94 win over the Reno Bighorns. In 47 games for the Jam this season, Butch is averaging 12.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 29.5 minutes.
Other top performers considered include Austin’s Lester Hudson, Canton’s Kyle Weaver, Erie’s Cory Higgins, Fort Wayne’s Tony Mitchell, Idaho’s Reggie Hamilton, Iowa’s Othyus Jeffers, Los Angeles’ Elijah Millsap, Maine’s Chris Wright, Rio Grande Valley’s Royce White, on assignment from the Houston Rockets, Reno’s Samardo Samuels, Santa Cruz’s Stefhon Hannah, Springfield’s Dennis Horner, Sioux Falls’ James Mays, Texas’ Justin Dentmon and Tulsa’s Rasual Butler.