Vipers to hold Draft party at Buffalo Wings & Rings on November 3

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October 28, 2011

MCALLEN, TEXAS – The Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced that the 2011 NBA D League Draft party will be held at Buffalo Wings & Rings on South 10th Street on Thursday, November 3 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. The address is 1933 South 10th St. (Across La Plaza Mall) McAllen, TX 78503. The Vipers strongly encourage our fans to come out and support the team.

“We feel this will be a very significant event for our fans leading into yet another successful Vipers season," Vipers President Bert Garcia said.

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers will pick 14th in the draft.

“The Draft Lottery tips off the NBA D-League’s 11th season in which our regular season begins as planned November 25,” said NBA D-League President Dan Reed.

The NBA D-League Draft utilizes a “serpentine” format, meaning the order will alternate in each of the eight rounds. For example, the team picking last in the first round will select first in the second round, giving them the 16th and 17th overall choices.

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.