D-FENDERS' MALCOLM THOMAS SIGNS WITH HOUSTON ROCKETS

EL SEGUNDO – Malcolm Thomas has signed with the Houston Rockets, it was announced today. Thomas, the seventh GATORADE Call-Up for the Los Angeles D-Fenders this season alone and 10th in franchise history, is the 44th player to be called up to the NBA from the NBA Development League this season.

Signed to an NBA roster for the second time this year, Thomas, a 6-9 forward out of San Diego State, appeared in three games with the Spurs earlier this season, totaling a point, three rebounds and an assist in 15 minutes. Additionally, Thomas has played in 23 D-League games (14 starts), averaging 13.0 points (63.4 FG%), 8.9 rebounds (3rd most in league), and 2.1 blocks (3rd most in league) in 31.5 minutes.

Acquired by the D-Fenders on December 28th from the Los Angeles Lakers preseason roster, Thomas helped lead the Aztecs to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance last season, averaging 11.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.02 blocks in 30.4 minutes. After just two seasons at San Diego State, Thomas concluded his career with the Aztecs as the school’s second leading shot blocker of all-time while ranking eighth all-time in both rebound average and field goal percentage.

The D-Fenders, who currently hold the league’s best record at 33-11 and were the first team to clinch a playoff berth this season, return to action tomorrow night at Toyota Sports Center.