Seattle Sonics Center is 14th NBA Player Assigned to D-League This Season

No. 10 Overall Pick Sene Assigned to Stampede

SEATTLE, Jan. 10, 2007 -- Sonics General Manager Rick Sund announced today that the team has assigned center Mouhamed Sene to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League. Sene, the 10th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, has appeared in 16 games for the Sonics this season, averaging 0.9 points and 1.1 rebounds in 4.9 minutes per game.

Sene is the first Sonics player to be assigned to the D-League since the current affiliation system began during the 2005-06 season. Under the system, NBA teams can assign up to two players who are rookies or in their second season to their D-League affiliate. Players can stay with the D-League team for as long as the team wishes, and be recalled back to the NBA at any time. However, a player can only be sent to the D-League a maximum of three times during the season.

The Stampede, the D-League affiliate for the Sonics and the Utah Jazz, are coached by Bryan Gates, who worked as an assistant under Sonics legend and current head coach of the Austin Toros Dennis Johnson last season. Idaho will play 10 more games during the month of January, beginning with a back-to-back set against the Bakersfield Jam tonight and Friday.

Sene is the 14th NBA player assigned to a D-League affiliate this season. In all, 40 players have been assigned by 25 NBA teams since the assignment system was put into place prior to the 2005-06 season.

Following is the complete list of assigned players during 2006-07:

Player
NBA Team
D-League Team
Team/status
Ryan Hollins
Charlotte Bobcats
Fort Worth Flyers
recalled by Bobcats
Bobby Jones
Philadelphia 76ers
Fort Worth Flyers
recalled by 76ers
Louis Williams
Philadelphia 76ers
Fort Worth Flyers
recalled by 76ers
Julius Hodge
Denver Nuggets
Colorado 14ers
recalled by Nuggets
Pops Mensah-Bonsu
Dallas Mavericks
Fort Worth Flyers
Martynas Andriuskevicius
Chicago Bulls
Dakota Wizards
recalled by Bulls
James White
San Antonio Spurs
Austin Toros (twice)
Maurice Ager
Dallas Mavericks
Fort Worth Flyers
recalled by Mavericks
Patrick O'Bryant
Golden State Warriors
Bakersfield Jam
P.J. Tucker
Toronto Raptors
Colorado 14ers
Amir Johnson
Detroit Pistons
Sioux Falls Skyforce
Marcus Vinicius
NOK Hornets
Tulsa 66ers
James Augustine
Orlando Magic
Anaheim Arsenal
Mouhamed Sene
Seattle Sonics
Idaho Stampede