Nuggets become first affiliates to use Idaho in 2011-12

BOISE, Idaho, January 3, 2012 – The Denver Nuggets assigned guard/forward Jordan Hamilton and guard Julyan Stone to the Idaho Stampede, the Nuggets’ NBA D-League affiliate, the clubs announced today. The assignment marks the 13th and 14th time in the 2011-12 NBA season a player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate. It marks the first assignment for each player.

Hamilton (6-7, 220, Texas) is in his rookie season and has not appeared in a regular season game for the Nuggets this year. Born Oct. 6, 1990, Hamilton was one of 10 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the USBWA’s National Player of the Year award, as a sophomore at Texas. Hamilton led the Longhorns in scoring (18.6 ppg) and ranked second in rebounding (7.7 rpg) and minutes played (32.2 mpg). Hamilton, the 26th overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft, was acquired by the Nuggets from the Portland Trail Blazers in a three-team (Dallas) draft-night trade on June 23, along with Andre Miller and a future second-round draft pick, in exchange for Raymond Felton.

Stone (6-6, 200, UTEP) is also a rookie in the NBA this year and has not seen action. Born Dec. 7, 1988, Stone ranks first all-time in University of Texas-El Paso history in career assists with 714, having passed former NBA great Tim Hardaway’s record in his senior season. Stone played four seasons at UTEP, averaging 5.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.5 steals in 30.7 minutes per game in 138 games (129 starts).

The Stampede roster currently stands at 12 players with these additions.

Stone's career has been unexpected, writes Aaron Lopez from Nuggets.com. Click here to read his inspirational story!