12 Former Vipers on 2012-13 NBA Opening Day Rosters
October 31, 2012
MCALLEN, Texas – As the NBA kicks off the 2012-13 season this week, 12 former Rio Grande Valley Vipers highlight opening day rosters. The former Vipers are spread across ten teams in the league, and feature two NBA champions. Terrel Harris received his first championship ring with the Miami Heat on Oct. 30, and Shannon Brown, now with the Phoenix Suns, won back-to-back championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010.
Twenty-nine of 30 NBA teams feature at least one player with NBA D-League experience, while the Charlotte Bobcats, Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves each have five former NBA D-Leaguers on their respective rosters.
Complete list of Vipers in the NBA:
Aaron Brooks – Sacramento Kings Shannon Brown – Phoenix Suns Will Conroy – Minnesota Timberwolves Terrel Harris – Miami Heat Ivan Johnson – Atlanta Hawks Marcus Morris – Houston Rockets Steve Novak – New York Knicks Patrick Patterson – Houston Rockets Greg Smith – Houston Rockets Ish Smith – Orlando Magic Hasheem Thabeet – Oklahoma City Thunder C.J. Watson – Brooklyn Nets
The Vipers kick off their sixth season in the Rio Grande Valley on Nov. 23 with a 7 p.m. contest against the Bakersfield Jam at State Farm Arena. For tickets, contact the Vipers at 956-972-1144 or visit Ticketmaster.com.
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.