Randy Livingston Named NBA D-League MVP
GREENVILLE, S.C., April 12, 2007 – Guard Randy Livingston has been named the NBA Development League’s Most Valuable Player for the 2006-07 season. Livingston, who was signed by the Seattle Sonics on April 11 from the Idaho Stampede, was selected by a vote of the D-League’s head coaches.
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"From a coaching standpoint, Randy was the most valuable player to any team in this league. We would not be where we are without him, " said Idaho coach Bryan Gates, who was named the Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year on April 11. "From a friendship standpoint, I couldn't be happier for Randy. There is no one more deserving."
Named to the 2006-07 All-NBA Development League Gatorade First Team, Livingston dished out double-digit assists in 26 games this season, recording 16 double-doubles and two triple-doubles. His 20 assists against Anaheim on March 3 are good enough to share the league single-game record with Cedric Bozeman (Albuquerque) and Will Conroy (Tulsa, now Los Angeles Clippers). He was also selected to play in the inaugural Gillette D-League All-Star Game in association with 24 Hour Fitness in Las Vegas, but was forced to sit out the game due to injury.
“Randy Livingston enjoyed a superlative season this year,” said D-League Vice-President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel Chris Alpert. “His leadership, court vision, passing ability, unselfishness, and competitiveness are some of the key reasons for Idaho's tremendous season.
“Our coaches recognize that Randy's contributions to his team's success go far beyond his ability to score points,” said Alpert. “He sets the tone for the Stampede on the offensive and defensive end of the floor, as well as in the lockerroom.”
Livingston joins Ansu Sesay (Greenville, 2002) current NOK Hornet Devin Brown (Fayetteville, 2003), Tierre Brown (Charleston, 2004), current Charlotte Bobcat Matt Carroll (Roanoke, 2005) and Marcus Fizer (2006) as winners of the D-League Most Valuable Player Award.