NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2009 – Boston Celtics guard/forward Bill Walker was assigned to the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics’ NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment is the first for Maine, which begins its inaugural season in the NBA D-League, and the second for Walker, who was assigned to the Utah Flash last season.
Walker, 6-6, has appeared in one game for the Celtics this season, playing two minutes. Last season, Walker appeared in 29 games for Boston, averaging 3.0 points and 1.0 rebound in 7.4 minutes.
In 15 games in the NBA D-League last season, Walker averaged 18.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 points in 30.5 minutes. Scoring in double-figures in 14 games, Walker scored a career-high 29 points in a Nov. 29, 2008 road loss to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in McAllen, Texas.
Originally selected in the second round, 47th overall, of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards, Walker was acquired by Boston on June 28, 2008.
In two years at Kansas State, Walker averaged 15.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 26.6 minutes earning Third Team All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press and the league coaches as a redshirt freshman in 2007-08. He also earned Big 12 All-Rookie Team honors and was twice selected as Big 12 Rookie of the Week.
Walker, the season’s second player to be assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, is expected to join the Red Claws in Portland, Maine today, in time for Monday’s preseason game against the Springfield Armor at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, Maine. The Red Claws tip off the season on Nov. 27 when the team travels to the Sioux Falls Arena to face off against the Skyforce.