NEW YORK, Mar. 9, 2011 – Toronto Raptors center Solomon Alabi was reassigned to the Erie BayHawks, the Raptors’ NBA D-League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 44th time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the third assignment for Alabi, a rookie out of Florida State.
Alabi (7-1, 251) was assigned on Nov. 15 and Jan. 6. Alabi has played in 11 games (all starts) with the BayHawks, averaging 8.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in 22.1 minutes. Alabi has appeared in 10 games this season for Toronto, averaging 4.0 minutes.
An early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft, Alabi was selected in the second round (50th overall) by the Dallas Mavericks, who traded his draft rights to Toronto. Alabi played with the Raptors’ 2010 Las Vegas Summer League team, averaging 8.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 18.0 minutes over five games. A native of Nigeria, Alabi played three seasons at Florida State and ranks first all-time in school history in blocks per game (2.1). In 77 games with the Seminoles, Alabi also averaged 9.1 points and 5.4 rebounds, and was an All-ACC Defensive Team selection in both of his full seasons at Florida State.
Alabi is expected to join the BayHawks for the team’s game against the Maine Red Claws on Thursday. Raptors fans can keep track of Alabi and the Erie BayHawks by logging onto nba.com/dleague to watch every game live, online, for free.
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and 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 league’s 10th season, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA FUTURECAST, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.