NEW YORK, Feb. 9, 2012 – The Houston Rockets today assigned center Greg Smith to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets’ NBA Development League affiliate. The assignment marks the 35th time an NBA player has been assigned to his NBA D-League affiliate during the 2011-12 season, and it is the first assignment for Smith of his career.
Announced on Wednesday as a 2012 NBA D-League All-Star, Smith has appeared in 18 games for the Vipers this season, averaging 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in 28.3 minutes. He recorded seven double-doubles, including a season-high 28 points to go with 13 rebounds in a 125-120 win over the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Jan. 17.
Rockets fans can stay in step with Smith, who is expected to join the Vipers in time for their game tomorrow against the Austin Toros, by logging onto nba.com/futurecast to watch all of Rio Grande Valley’s games live, online, for free.