ďThis is an exciting time for the Armor organization, as our affiliation with the New Jersey Nets has paid big dividends for our players,Ē said Armor head coach Bob MacKinnon. ďHaving three players get training camp invitations to the Nets illustrates how well the D-League is working.Ē
Curry, the Armorís first-ever draft pick in the 2009 NBA D-League Draft and the franchise leader in games played, points, assists and steals, is averaging 18.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists in three games this season. Curry is the only Armor player with NBA experience through his brief stint with the Los Angeles Clippers in January 2010.
Horner, the Armorís third round draft pick in this yearís NBA D-League Draft, is averaging 15.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in three games. Horner posted a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) in his Armor debut on Nov. 25.
Smith, who was the Armorís fifth round draft pick in the 2010 NBA D-League Draft, is the Armorís leading scorer this season, averaging 20.7 points per game. After playing 46 games (and starting just six) in the 2010-11 season, Smith has started all three games heís played in with the Armor this season.
Foote to Portland-In a separate move, the Armor announced that center Jeff Foote was invited to training camp by the Portland Trail Blazers. Foote, who played in two games (one start) with the Armor after being acquired on Nov. 29 from the available player pool, is in his second year of professional basketball after graduating from Cornell.