|Mike Harris (Photo Credit: Dana/Dutch Cowgill)|
April 13, 2010
MCALLEN, TEXAS - The NBA Development League Western Conference Champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced today that forward Mike Harris (6-6, 235, Rice) has been assigned by the Houston Rockets and will be in uniform for tonight’s decisive Quarterfinals Game 3 against the Reno Bighorns at 7:30 p.m. at State Farm Arena.
Rockets Hall of Fame Mascot Clutch the Bear will perform again and the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive Clutch Storybooks. Doors open at 6:30.
In 34 games (31 starts) for the Vipers during the regular season, Harris averaged a league-leading 27.1 points to go with 10.5 rebounds (third in the league) while shooting 58.2% from the field (fifth in the league). Harris was the first-Viper to ever play in the NBA Development League All-Star Game. He earned NBA Development League Player of the Month for January and Performer of the Week twice this season.
Since earning his third GATORADE Call-Up of the season and second to the Rockets on March 24, Harris is averaging 3.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 11.3 minutes in six games. Overall with the Rockets, Harris is averaging 3.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 10.3 minutes in eight games. Including Harris’ GATORADE Call-Up to the Washington Wizards, when he signed a 10-day contract, Harris is averaging 2.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 7.4 minutes in 13 NBA games this season. Harris previously played for the Rockets during 17 regular season and three playoff games in 2008.
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 and features 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams. 63 former NBA Development League players were on 2009-10 NBA start-of-season rosters, amounting to almost 15 percent of NBA players, 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 Development League Cares programs. The NBA Development League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA Development League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.