NEW YORK, Jan. 4, 2011 – Trey Johnson of the Bakersfield Jam has been named NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in December. The honor, the first of the 2010-11 season, is also the first of Johnson’s career.
Johnson, a 6-5, 215-pound guard out of Jackson State who earned two GATORADE Call-Ups to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2009, led Bakersfield to an 8-2 record on the month, averaging 27.6 points, 4.9 assists and 4.3 rebounds. Johnson scored more than 20 points in nine of the Jam’s 10 games in December, and his 43-point performance in a win over Austin on Dec. 15, a game in which he also had 11 rebounds, is the league’s highest single-game individual point total this season. In addition to shooting 98-of-198 (.495) from the field, Johnson also shot 87.8 percent (72-of-82) from the free-throw line.
This month’s honorable mention selections for NBA D-League Player of the Month were Texas’ Joe Alexander, Austin’s Marcus Cousin, New Mexico’s Shane Edwards, Utah’s Orien Greene, Iowa’s Othyus Jeffers, Erie’s Ivan Johnson, Fort Wayne’s Darnell Lazare, Reno’s Aaron Miles, Springfield’s Scottie Reynolds, Maine’s DeShawn Sims, Idaho’s Antoine Walker and Tulsa’s Latavious Williams.
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2010-11 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Texas Legends. 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, while 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.