NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2011 – Portland Trail Blazers guard Armon Johnson was assigned to the Idaho Stampede, Portland’s NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 35th time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the first assignment for Johnson, a rookie out of Nevada.
Johnson (6-3, 195) has appeared in 28 games this season with the Trail Blazers, averaging 3.1 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 8.1 minutes. Johnson scored a season-high 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting against the Lakers on Nov. 7.
The Trail Blazers selected Johnson in the second round (34th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft. In three seasons at Nevada, Johnson averaged 14.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 101 games. Johnson was named to the All-WAC First Team in 2008-09, and his 5.6 assists per game in 2009-10 led the conference.
Johnson is expected to join the Stampede for the team’s home game against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants tonight. Trail Blazers fans can keep track of Johnson and the Stampede 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.