NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2010 – Sacramento Kings center Hassan Whiteside was assigned to the Reno Bighorns, the Kings’ NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the ninth time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the first assignment for Whiteside, a rookie out of Marshall.
Whiteside (7-0, 235) has appeared in one regular season game and one preseason game for the Kings this year. Whiteside started all six games for Sacramento in the 2010 NBA Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 6.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and a team-high 2.3 blocks.
Sacramento selected Whiteside, an early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft, in the second round (33th overall) after a decorated freshman season at Marshall. In one year with the Thundering Herd, Whiteside led the nation with 5.4 blocks per game, and also averaged 13.1 points and 8.9 rebounds in 34 games. He was named the Conference USA Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year, and was an AP All-American Honorable Mention selection.
Whiteside will join the Reno Bighorns in anticipation of the team’s home game against the Idaho Stampede on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Kings fans can keep track of Whiteside and the Bighorns by logging onto nba.com/dleague to watch every Armor game live, online, for free.
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.