Dowdell signed by Phoenix Suns

TULSA, Okla., Jan. 9, 2011 – The Phoenix Suns signed guard Zabian Dowdell of the Tulsa 66ers today for the first GATORADE Call-Up of the 2010-11 NBA Development League season.

“Zabian has really committed to getting better each and every day during his time in Tulsa and has been a great leader on the floor for our team,” 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts said. “I am happy to see that his hard work has given him an opportunity to play at the next level and we all wish him great success.”

Dowdell (6-3, 190) started all of Tulsa’s first 18 games this season, leading the team to a Western Conference-best 12-6 record. Dowdell averaged team highs in points (14.5), assists (4.6) and steals (2.4) in 29.3 minutes per game. His steals average currently ranks second in the league, and he's one of only two players all season to have six steals in two separate games.

A product of Pahokee, Fla., Dowdell suited up for Tulsa in 10 games (two starts) last season where he averaged 12.9 points, 3.7 assists and three rebounds in 27 minutes.

Dowdell joined Tulsa this season as a returning player after averaging 12.9 points in 10 games with the 66ers last season. He’s also played professionally in Italy and France, averaging 19.5 points in 37 games with Casale Monferrato of the Italian Lega2 in 2008-09.