66ers 2010-11 Season Highlights
The following are season highlight's from the Tulsa 66ers 2010-11 campaign.
The 66ers recorded a 33-17 record on the season, which marked their most regular season wins in team history.
Tulsa earned its second consecutive trip to the postseason under the direction of second-year head coach Nate Tibbetts. After sweeping the Texas Legends in the first round of the 2011 playoffs, the fourth-seeded 66ers advanced to the semifinals.
Tulsa posted winning records against nine opponents on the 2010-11 season.
Tulsa reeled off 14-straight wins during the season, spanning from Dec. 30 to Jan. 29. The streak was the longest in team history and the third-longest in D-League history. During that span, only four of the 14 wins came at home, and the 66ers won by an average score of 107-96.
Tulsa ended the regular season ranked fifth in the D-League in field goal percentage (.472), fourth in steals (9.04 p/g) and third in turnovers forced (18.1 p/g).
Defensively, Tulsa was strong, ranking second in the D-League in opponents points per game (98.8) and sixth in opponents field goal percentage (.457).
Both Byron Mullens and Cole Aldrich of the Oklahoma City Thunder were assigned to Tulsa three times during the regular season. The 66ers were 19-4 with Aldrich in the starting lineup.
Tulsa posted a 16-9 road record on the year, which was tied for first in the D-League. The 66ers averaged more points on the road (103.9) than at home (102.1).
The 66ers used 22 different starting lineups on the season. Elijah Millsap led the team with 48 starts (Tulsa was 33-15 in those games).
Sixteen different players registered minutes for Tulsa this season, and a total of 17 suited up.
Jerome Dyson and Millsap scored in double figures 44 times on the season. Dyson recorded the teamís highest point total with 37 points against Springfield on Jan. 28. Dyson led all scorers 17 times this season.
Latavious Williams led the team with 12 double-doubles during the season. Cole Aldrich finished with seven double-doubles while Marcus Lewis and Elijah Millsap each registered four.
Williams is currently the all-time leading rebounder in Tulsa history with 712 boards and third all-time with 80 blocked shots. Williams finished first in the D-League in field goal percentage (.639) and eighth in rebounds per game (8.6). Williams registered a team season-high 21 rebounds against Fort Wayne on Jan. 16.
Three players earned a total of six GATORADE Call-Ups (Zabian Dowdell twice with Phoenix, Larry Owens twice with San Antonio and once with Washington and Robert Vaden once with Oklahoma City).
The 66ers totaled 57,495 fans in 2010-11 home games, averaging 2,299 fans in 25 contests.
Coach Nate Tibbetts, assistant Dale Osbourne and athletic trainer Tony Katzenmeier were selected to coach the West Team in the 2011 D-League All-Star Game on Feb. 19 in Los Angeles. Additionally, Larry Owens and Zabian Dowdell were chosen to represent Tulsa in the All-Star Game.
Jerome Dyson was named D-League Performer of the Week for games played during the week of Jan. 24. The guard averaged 28.3 points, 3.0 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals in three games.
Since Tibbetts took over as head coach two seasons ago, the 66ers posted a +12 game improvement after year one and +7 game improvement after year two.
Post Season Awards:
Larry Owens: Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award, Second Team All-NBA D-League and First Team All-Defensive
Jerome Dyson: First Team All-Rookie
Elijah Millsap: Second Team All-Rookie
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