OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER ASSIGN STEVEN HILL TO 66ERS
Tulsa, Okla., November 21, 2008 Ė Oklahoma City Thunder General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has assigned center Steven Hill to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.
Hill (7-0, 245) saw action in one regular season game with the Thunder. The Branson, Missouri native scored two points and grabbed three rebounds in two minutes of action versus the Orlando Magic.
Hill is the first player to be assigned to the 66ers by the Oklahoma City Thunder since the Professional Basketball Club, LLC assumed control of the NBA Development League franchise on July 31, 2008.
A four-year contributor at Arkansas, Hill averaged 4.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks and 19.5 minutes while shooting .518 from the field. Hill was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year as a junior when he averaged 2.8 blocks for the Razorbacks.
Hill, the seasonís fifth player to be assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, is expected to join the 66ers today. He will wear number 99.
About the Tulsa 66ers
Season tickets for the 2008-09 season start at just $8 per game and are on sale now. Donít miss the first year that the 66ers franchise is owned an operated by their NBA parent club, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Tulsa will tip off this historic season on Friday, Nov. 28 on the road at Rio Grande Valley. The team will then travel to Austin on Saturday, Nov. 29 before returning home for the inaugural game at the new SpiritBank Event Center on December 5 versus the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. Call 918-585-8444 to see first-hand the Route to NBA Dreams.
About the NBA Development League
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBAís official minor league and features 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams. The league has produced 15 percent of the players on 2007-08 end-of-season NBA rosters and continues to develop current NBA coaches and referees. In fostering the leagueís connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote youth basketball, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout this season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.