NEW YORK, March 21, 2012 – The Houston Rockets today re-assigned center Greg Smith to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets’ NBA Development League affiliate. The assignment marks the 55th time an NBA player has been assigned to his NBA D-League affiliate during the 2011-12 season, and it is the second assignment for Smith since earning a GATORADE Call-Up to the Rockets on Feb. 9.
Smith (6-10, 250, Fresno State), has appeared in seven games with the Rockets this season, averaging 0.9 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.7 blocks.
A 2012 NBA D-League All-Star, Smith has appeared in 21 games for the Vipers this season, both on assignment and prior to his Call-Up, averaging 16.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 27.8 minutes. He has recorded eight 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 today and be available tomorrow night when the team hosts the Los Angeles D-Fenders, by logging onto nba.com/futurecast to watch all of Rio Grande Valley’s games live, online, for free.