Rockets Assign Ohlbrecht to Vipers
April 9, 2013
MCALLEN, Texas – Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has assigned center Tim Ohlbrecht to Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley. Ohlbrecht was actually signed by the Rockets from the Vipers on Feb. 25, 2013, which marked his first-ever Gatorade Call-Up to the NBA. Central Division Champion Rio Grande Valley (35-15) opens the 2013 NBA D-League Playoffs against the Maine Red Claws (26-24) on Thursday, Apr. 11.
Ohlbrecht (6-11, 255, Germany), who has seen action in three games with the Rockets, averaged 13.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.63 blocks in 32 regular season games (29 starts) with Rio Grande Valley in 2012-13. He was also named a 2013 NBA D-League All-Star, registering 12 points (6-9 FG) and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Prospects in a 139-125 win over the Futures squad. At the time of his signing, Ohlbrecht led the D-League in field goal percentage (.605, 164-271 FG) and stood 13th in the league in blocks per game (1.63).
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 2010-11 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 nba.com/futurecast.