Johnson Returns To Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 8 - The Detroit Pistons announced today that they have assigned Amir Johnson to the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League.
Johnson, a second-year forward, appeared in four games this season averaging 1.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.3 minutes. He played in three games for the Pistons last season averaging 6.7 points and scored a career-high 18 points at Milwaukee (4/17/06).
Drafted 56th by the Pistons in the 2005 NBA Draft, Johnson averaged 17.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 17 games last season with the Fayetteville Patriots of the D-League.
The 11th NBA player assigned to a D-League affiliate this season, Johnson is the first player assigned to the Skyforce. In all, 37 players have been assigned by 23 NBA teams since the assignment system was put into place prior to the 2005-06 season.
Following is the complete list of assigned players during 2006-07:
|Player||NBA Team||NBA D-League Team / status|
|Ryan Hollins||Charlotte Bobcats||Fort Worth Flyers / recalled by Bobcats|
|Bobby Jones||Philadelphia 76ers||Fort Worth Flyers / recalled by 76ers|
|Louis Williams||Philadelphia 76ers||Fort Worth Flyers / recalled by 76ers|
|Julius Hodge||Denver Nuggets||Colorado 14ers / recalled by Nuggets|
|Pops Mensah-Bonsu||Dallas Mavericks||Fort Worth Flyers|
|Martynas Andriuskevicius||Chicago Bulls||Dakota Wizards / recalled by Bulls|
|James White||San Antonio Spurs||Austin Toros (twice)|
|Maurice Ager||Dallas Mavericks||Fort Worth Flyers / recalled by Mavericks|
|Patrick O'Bryant||Golden State Warriors||Bakersfield Jam|
|P.J. Tucker||Toronto Raptors||Colorado 14ers|
|Amir Johnson||Detroit Pistons||Sioux Falls Skyforce|
The NBA Development League includes the Albuquerque Thunderbirds (N.M.), Anaheim Arsenal (Calif.), Arkansas RimRockers (Little Rock), Austin Toros (Texas), Bakersfield Jam (Calif.), Colorado 14ers (Broomfield), Dakota Wizards (Bismarck, N.D.), Fort Worth Flyers (Texas), Idaho Stampede (Boise), Los Angeles D-Fenders (Calif.), Sioux Falls Skyforce (S.D.) and Tulsa 66ers (Okla.).
The D-League continues to develop talent from across all disciplines for the NBA's 30 teams and the entire NBA umbrella. Designed to help grow the sport of basketball both domestically and internationally, the D-League also offers fun, family entertainment at affordable prices. For additional information on the NBA Development League, visit D-LEAGUE.com.