Dyson and Lewis Gearing Up for All-Star Weekend

The Tulsa 66ers will have two representatives at the 2012 NBA D-League All-State Game this coming weekend, as guard Jerome Dyson and forward Marcus Lewis were chosen last week to help lead the West Team.

Both Dyson and Lewis have been strong for the 66ers this season, as both are at the top of several statistical categories.

Dyson currently ranks eighth in the league in points per game with 18.5 per outing. The UConn product is also averaging 4.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals (seventh in the D-League).

Lewis has been just as strong in his third and most productive season in the D-League. The Oral Roberts product currently leads the league in rebounding with 13.1 boards per game. Also averaging 14.7 points, Lewis has tallied an NBA D-League-best 24 double-doubles on the season.

Both were very appreciative of the opportunity to represent Tulsa in the 2012 All-Star game.

“It is a great honor,” Dyson said. “It is a chance for me to go represent the 66ers and the Thunder organization as well. It was something that I was pushing for last year, and I received the opportunity this year and couldn’t be more excited.”

Lewis recognizes the honor as a payoff from all of his hard work over the past three seasons with the 66ers.

“I am very excited to play in the All-Star Game and it is a huge honor to be chosen,” Lewis said. “I have been in the league three years now and each year I have developed and gotten better.”

Dyson also believes he received the nod this year due to his better understanding of the professional game.

“I’m getting more and more comfortable now in my second season in the D-League,” he said. “I have been trying to be more of a leader and run the team. I think my pace and understanding of the game continues to improve every day.”

It is no coincidence Lewis leads the league in rebounding, as the forward prides himself on effort and toughness on the defensive end of the floor.

“Rebounding is my big thing,” he said. “I have had some big scoring nights, but I always want to be consistent with my rebounding. My goal is to get double-digit rebounds every time on the court. I want to be tough and take charges. That is what I pride myself on.”

The Tulsa teammates are excited to be heading to Orlando together.

“It is always good to be selected with your fellow point guard,” Lewis said. “When we are out on the court together, he knows what I can do and I know what he can do. It will be great to experience the weekend together.”

Dyson said the chemistry between the two will be beneficial for the West squad. He anticipates a competitive and tough contest, despite all the All-Star weekend glamour.

“I hope the game is competitive and both sides really go out and hustle,” Dyson said. “Every time I step out onto the court, I want to win. This weekend will be no different.”

Lewis’ focus this weekend will be to win, and to have fun.

“I want to definitely soak it all in and have fun,” he said. “There will be scouts, so we all need to make sure we prove that we know how to play the game. Hopefully we can have a great time together and put on a good show for the fans.”

The 2012 NBA D-League All-Star Game will take place at NBA Jam Session Center Court inside the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando on Saturday, Feb. 25, and will be broadcast live on NBA TV at 1 p.m. CT.