Fifteen Former 66ers Make NBA Opening Night Rosters

TULSA, Okla., October 29, 2013 – Fifteen players who have spent time with the Tulsa 66ers, including six who played for Tulsa last season, will begin the 2013-14 season on NBA rosters, the 66ers announced today.

Rasual Butler (Indiana Pacers) and Hollis Thompson (Philadelphia 76ers) secured roster spots as free agents after spending the 2012-13 NBA D-League season with the 66ers while former Oklahoma City Thunder assignees Reggie Jackson, Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb remain with Oklahoma City and past assignee Daniel Orton begins the year with Philadelphia.

Butler joined the 66ers in January when the team held a 9-10 mark. Following his acquisition, the 66ers went 18-13, securing the seventh seed in the 2013 NBA D-League Playoffs. In 31 games with Tulsa (23 starts) Butler averaged 17.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.4 blocks and 32.7 minutes en route to being named the NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year. A 10-year NBA veteran, Butler will be making his return to the NBA, where has previously played in 637 career NBA games, averaging 8.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 23.4 points.

In his first season out of Georgetown, Thompson averaged 8.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 20.0 minutes in 48 appearances (10 starts). Thompson originally signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the summer of 2012 and spent the preseason in OKC before joining the 66ers.

Thunder point guard Jackson spent three games with Tulsa last season on two separate assignments, averaging 28.0 points, 8.3 assists and 7.3 rebounds. In a two-game stretch in December, Jackson combined for 64 points, 14 assists and 16 assists and went on to be named the NBA D-League's Performer of the Week. Following Russell Westbrook's knee injury in the 2013 NBA Playoffs, Jackson started nine postseason games for the Thunder and averaged 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists.

In his rookie NBA season out of Baylor, Jones averaged 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 15 assignment games (15 starts) with Tulsa. Fellow Thunder assignee Lamb averaged 21.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 21 games (21 starts) in a 66ers uniform.

Orton, who led all Thunder assignees in games played in Tulsa last season (29 games, all starts), put together an average of 12.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.1 steals with the 66ers before signing with Philadelphia this past month.

In addition to the six members of the 2012-13 66ers in the NBA, nine other former players with experience in Tulsa are currently on NBA squads. Tulsa’s 15 current NBA alumni are among 103 total players with NBA D-League experience now on an NBA roster. Twenty-four percent of all NBA players have experience playing in the NBA D-League.

A full list of past Tulsa players on 2013-14 NBA opening night rosters is listed below:

Cole Aldrich* (2010-11) – New York Knicks
Alan Anderson (2006-07) – Brooklyn Nets
Brandon Bass* (2005-06) – Boston Celtics
Rasual Butler (2012-13) – Indiana Pacers
Dwight Buycks (2011-12) – Toronto Raptors
Ersan Ilyasova* (2005-06) – Milwaukee Bucks
Reggie Jackson* (2011-12, 2012-13) – Oklahoma City Thunder
Perry Jones* (2012-13) – Oklahoma City Thunder
Jeremy Lamb* (2012-13) – Oklahoma City Thunder
Shaun Livingston (2008-09) – Brooklyn Nets
John Lucas (2005-06) – Utah Jazz
Byron Mullens* (2009-10, 2010-11) – Los Angeles Clippers
Daniel Orton* (2012-13) – Philadelphia 76ers
Ramon Sessions* (2007-08) – Charlotte Bobcats
Hollis Thompson (2012-13) – Philadelphia 76ers

*Played for Tulsa while on an NBA assignment