2012-13 By the Numbers

The Tulsa 66ers recently wrapped up their 2012-13 season with their third trip to the NBA Development League Semifinals in the past four years. The 66ers season saw numerous league and franchise records broken, along with a continuing to build a strong development foundation for their NBA affiliate, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Take a look back at the 2012-13 campaign as Tulsa66ers.com breaks down the numbers from the season.

1 – The Tulsa 66ers were led in the 2012-13 season by first-year head coach Darko Rajakovic. Hired in November, Rajakovic became the first head coach in NBA Development League history to be born outside of North America. A native of Serbia, Rajakovic joined the 66ers after three seasons as the head coach of Espacio Torrelodones of the Spanish EBA League.

2 – The 66ers produced two GATORADE call-ups to the NBA with Daniel Orton and Chris Quinn signing NBA contracts. Orton was the first of 31 players in the NBA D-League to receive a call-up when he signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Oct. 31. Orton had originally spent training camp with the Thunder before being acquired by Tulsa through the NBA affiliate rule. Quinn, who averaged 12.7 points, 6.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 25 games (23 starts) with Tulsa, signed a contract for the remainder of the season with the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 20. The 66ers have seen 16 players combine for 18 total GATORADE call-ups in Tulsa’s history, including 12 call-ups since Professional Basketball Club LLC. purchased the team in 2008.

3 – The 66ers-Thunder relationship was on full display throughout the season when three players started at least one game for both Tulsa and Oklahoma City in 2012-13. DeAndre Liggins started 19 regular-season games for the 66ers and made his first NBA start for Oklahoma City on Jan. 13 versus Portland. Perry Jones started 15 regular-season games for Tulsa and recorded his first NBA start in the Thunder’s April 17 contest against Milwaukee. Reggie Jackson had three starts in a 66ers uniform and started multiple games for OKC during the 2013 NBA Playoffs.

4 – The Oklahoma City Thunder became the first NBA team in the 2012-13 season to have four players assigned to an NBA D-League team at once. Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb, DeAndre Liggins and Daniel Orton all saw action for the 66ers in Tulsa’s 110-99 win over Iowa on March 7 in Des Moines, Iowa.

5 – The Oklahoma City Thunder assigned five different players to the Tulsa 66ers throughout the 2012-13 season with Reggie Jackson, Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb, DeAndre Liggins and Daniel Orton all seeing action in Tulsa for at least three games each. The five players are the most players on an opening night roster to be assigned to the D-League this season.

6 – The 66ers entered the postseason with six rookies on their roster – the most in franchise history for a playoff-bound Tulsa squad. Ron Anderson, Rodney Bartholomew, Dominique Sutton, Tony Taylor, Hollis Thompson and Isaiah Wilkerson all competed in their first season of professional basketball.

7 - The 66ers saw their hottest stretch of the season between February 12 and March 13. During the month-long stretch, Tulsa won seven of eight games - including six games in a row (Feb. 12 - Mar. 2). The 66ers held their opponents to 90 points or less in five of the six games during the streak. Tulsa’s opponents averaged 86.8 points during those six games.

8 – In Tulsa’s January 28 contest at the Erie BayHawks, Andy Rautins tied the all-time franchise record for most 3-point field goals in a game by sinking eight shots on 11 attempts.

9 – The following game after Rautins tied the 66ers record for three-pointers in a game, Travis Hyman tied the all-time franchise record for blocks in a game by swatting nine shots in under 18 minutes against the Springfield Armor on Jan. 30.

11.6 - The 66ers gave up an average of 11.6 turnovers per game in their five NBA D-League Playoffs games - the lowest of the eight teams competing in the postseason. The second-lowest average was 14.5. The 66ers forced 18.0 opponent turnovers - the second-most of playoff teams.

15 - For the 2012-13 season, the 66ers hosted their home games in their new home arena - the SpiritBank Event Center. In their 24 home games, the 66ers went 15-9 (.625) in the regular season.

17.8 - Ten-year NBA veteran Rasual Butler led Tulsa's non-assignment players with a 17.8 scoring average alongside 5.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.4 blocks in 31 games (23 starts). Butler, who was acquired by Tulsa on January 16, was named the 2013 NBA Development League Impact Players of the Year, as voted on by the league's 16 head coaches. Awarded to a player who joined an NBA D-League team’s roster after Dec. 6, the Impact Player of the Year award honors an athlete who made the greatest contribution following his in-season acquisition. Butler was also named a 2013 All-NBA D-League Honorable Mention alongside Thunder assignee Daniel Orton. Teammates Dominique Sutton and Tony Taylor were also honored by the NBA D-League by being named to the All-Rookie Second and Third Teams, respectively.

21 - Oklahoma City Thunder assignee Jeremy Lamb, who spent 21 games with the 66ers in the regular season, was one of the top scorers in the NBA D-League, averaging 21.0 points. In order to qualify as a league-leader, a player must have spent at least 25 games in the D-League, explaining why Lamb is not on the list. If he had made the list, Lamb would've finished fourth behind Justin Dentmon (22.9), Tony Mitchell (21.9) and Andrew Goudelock (21.1). In his four playoff appearances, Lamb averaged 22.5 points.

27 – Tulsa Head Coach Darko Rajakovic led the 66ers to a 27-23 regular-season record with Tulsa finishing above .500 for the sixth time in the franchise’s nine-year history. Rajakovic tied former Tulsa coach Nate Tibbets for the most wins in franchise history under a first-year head coach. By winning 25 times in 43 games, Rajakovic became the fastest coach to achieve 25 career wins with the 66ers (Tibbets accumulated his 25th win in his 46th game in 2009-10).

28 - Tulsa Head Coach Darko Rajakovic always surprised with his starting lineup, producing 28 different starting lineups in Tulsa's 50 regular-season games. Andy Rautins led the team with 31 starts. No single lineup was used in more than nine games this season.

34 - Tulsa had at least one player on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder in 34 of its 50 games in the 2012-13 season. The 66ers were 19-15 when they had a Thunder player in uniform.

37 - While on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder, Reggie Jackson had a strong showing with the 66ers to earn the NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Dec. 17-23. Jackson led the 66ers to two wins while on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder, averaging a team-high 32.0 points to go with 8.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 37.5 minutes. Jackson's 37 points against the Canton Charge on December 22 were the most by a 66er in the 2012-13 season.

37.5 - Tulsa led the NBA D-League in efficient shooting from behind the three-point line with a 37.5 three-point shooting percentage. The 66ers finished third in the league in overall shooting efficiency with a 46.0 shooting percentage.

40 – The Thunder assigned a player to Tulsa 40 times throughout the 2012-13 season, the most D-League assignments in one season by an NBA team. The Thunder’s number of assignments this season were more than the second and third most (Houston with 16 and San Antonio with 14) combined.

152 - Tulsa guard Andy Rautins set a new NBA Development League record for the 3-point field goals in a season with 152. The Syracuse product and 2013 NBA D-League Showcase 3-Point Shootout champion boasted a .437 shooting percentage from behind the arc and finished third in the league for 3-pointers a game (3.2). The previous NBA D-League record for most made 3-point field goals was 143 set by Blake Ahearn (Austin/Dakota) in the 2008-09 season. Earlier in the season, Rautins passed Moses Ehambe (117 3-point makes) as the all-time leader in made 3’s in 66ers history.

2,761 - The five Oklahoma City Thunder assignees totaled 2,761 minutes in the D-League 2012-13 season, the most of any NBA team. Including the playoffs, the Thunder assignees totaled 3,184 minutes.