Rockets Assign Malcolm Thomas to Vipers

March 30, 2012

MCALLEN, Texas – The Houston Rockets today assigned rookie forward Malcolm Thomas to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets’ NBA D-League affiliate. The assignment marks the 61st time an NBA player has been assigned to his NBA D-League affiliate during the 2011-12 season and is the third assignment for Thomas this season. He was first assigned from the Los Angeles Lakers to the L.A. D-Fenders in December, and then from the San Antonio Spurs to the Austin Toros in January.

Thomas, who earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the Rockets from the D-Fenders on March 27, has yet to appear in a game for Houston this season. Prior to his most recent call-up, Thomas appeared in 19 games for the D-Fenders, averaging 13.8 points and 9.3 rebounds. During a previous assignment from the Spurs, he averaged 9.3 points and 6.8 rebounds while with the Austin Toros.

In three NBA games this season, all with the Spurs, Thomas scored one point and grabbed three rebounds in 15 minutes.

Houston fans can stay in step with Thomas, who is expected to join the Vipers today and be available when the team hosts the Tulsa 66ers tonight, by logging onto nba.com/futurecast 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 nba.com/futurecast.