18 Former Vipers on NBA Opening Day Rosters
MCALLEN, Texas, October 29, 2013 – An all-time high 103 players with NBA Development League experience are featured on 2013-14 NBA opening-day rosters, up from 86 such players on opening day rosters last season. The 103 players represent 24 percent of all NBA players. NBA D-League alumni on opening day rosters have nearly tripled since 2006-07, with only 35 NBA D-Leaguers making NBA opening day rosters that season.
Rio Grande Valley set a new team-high this season with 18 former Vipers on opening day rosters. The full list of former Vipers can be found below. To see the complete list of D-League alum playing in the NBA this season, click here.
Twenty-nine of 30 NBA teams feature at least one player with NBA D-League experience, while the Atlanta Hawks have a league-high seven NBA D-League alumni on their roster. The Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns each have six former NBA D-Leaguers and an additional three teams have five former NBA D-Leaguers on squads.
Former Vipers on 2013-14 NBA Opening Rosters:
Jeff Adrien, Charlotte James Anderson, Philadelphia Patrick Beverley, Houston Aaron Brooks, Houston Mike Harris, Utah Terrence Jones, Houston Marcus Morris, Phoenix Donatas Motiejunas, Houston Toure' Murry, New York Steve Novak, Toronto Patrick Patterson, Sacramento Glen Rice, Jr., Washington Greg Smith, Houston Ish Smith, Phoenix Garrett Temple, Washington Hasheem Thabeet, Oklahoma City CJ Watson, Indiana Maalik Wayns, LA Clippers
For more information about the RGV Vipers 2013-14 season and season ticket information, call the Vipers at 956-972-1144 or visit www.rgvipers.com.
About the RGV Vipers and NBA Development League The two-time champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The Vipers won the NBA Development League Championship in 2010 and 2013. In 2013, the Vipers were also named the NBA Development League Development Champions, which recognizes the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA-caliber basketball talent via call-ups and assignments. The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 14 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the league offers professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Thirty percent of players in the NBA at the end of the 2012-13 season boasted NBA D-League experience. 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. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.