Rockets Assign Fortson to Vipers

April 5, 2012

MCALLEN, Texas – The Houston Rockets today assigned rookie guard Courtney Fortson to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets’ NBA Development League affiliate. The assignment marks the 62nd time an NBA player has been assigned to his NBA D-League affiliate during the 2011-12 season and is the first assignment for Fortson.

Fortson, who earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the Rockets from the Los Angeles D-Fenders on March 17, has appeared in five games for Houston this year, averaging 2.8 points, 1.2 rebounds and 7.2 minutes. During a previous stint in the NBA, Fortson appeared in four games for the L.A. Lakers. In nine total NBA games this season, he is averaging 3.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 9.1 minutes.

Prior to his call-ups, Fortson appeared in 29 games for the D-Fenders, averaging 17.0 points, 5.9 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 34.3 minutes.

Houston fans can stay in step with Fortson, who is expected to join the Vipers today and be available when the team hosts the Reno Bighorns tomorrow, by logging onto to watch all of Rio Grande Valley’s games live, online, for free.

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 23 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 200-11 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and 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