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:

PlayerNBA TeamNBA D-League Team / status
Ryan HollinsCharlotte BobcatsFort Worth Flyers / recalled by Bobcats
Bobby JonesPhiladelphia 76ersFort Worth Flyers / recalled by 76ers
Louis WilliamsPhiladelphia 76ersFort Worth Flyers / recalled by 76ers
Julius HodgeDenver NuggetsColorado 14ers / recalled by Nuggets
Pops Mensah-BonsuDallas MavericksFort Worth Flyers
Martynas AndriuskeviciusChicago BullsDakota Wizards / recalled by Bulls
James WhiteSan Antonio SpursAustin Toros (twice)
Maurice AgerDallas MavericksFort Worth Flyers / recalled by Mavericks
Patrick O'BryantGolden State WarriorsBakersfield Jam
P.J. TuckerToronto RaptorsColorado 14ers
Amir JohnsonDetroit PistonsSioux 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.