Vipers Acquire Macklin from Reno
December 18, 2012
MCALLEN, Texas – The NBA Development League Rio Grande Valley Vipers today announced that they have acquired Vernon Macklin, along with a second round pick in the 2013 NBA Development League Draft, from the Reno Bighorns in exchange for Jerome Jordan.
Macklin (6-10, PF/C) played in 23 games for the Detroit Pistons during the 2011-12 season. The pistons selected him 52nd overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Macklin started his college career playing at Georgetown University for two seasons. Then, he transferred to the University of Florida, where he played for the Gators from 2009-2011. He averaged 11.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game during his senior season.
Vipers fans will be able to see Macklin in action later this week when RGV hosts the Reno Bighorns Thursday, Dec. 20 in an 11 a.m. contest. On Friday, Dec. 21 the Vipers will host Canton at 7 p.m. at State Farm Arena. For tickets or more information, call 956-972-1144.
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 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the league offers professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Twenty percent of players in the NBA at the start 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.