Robert Vaden Motivated in Return to Tulsa

Robert Vaden rejoined the Tulsa 66ers on Jan. 7 of this season, ready to pick up where he left off last year in Tulsa.

In 2010-11, Vaden played in 45 games (17 starts) and averaged 10.4 points 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists while helping the 66ers earn a trip to the NBA D-League semifinals.

Vaden said the transition of returning to the 66ers this past January was an easy one.

“I was very comfortable in my return,” Vaden said. “I played for coach (Dale) Osborne all last year when he was an assistant, so I was very comfortable with everyone here. It was an easy transition for me right away.”

Through 19 games this season, the UAB product has upped his production to 13.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists.

Vaden has seemed to hit his stride of late, combining for 58 points in the last two outings. He scored 29 against Bakersfield last Saturday before recording 29 again against Idaho on Tuesday.

Not only were his scoring numbers impressive, but so was his efficiency.

During the past two contests, Vaden has shot 17-23 (.739) overall from the floor, including an astounding 10-12 (.833) effort from beyond the arc.

“I have been getting the same looks that I usually get, but I have just been making them,” he said. “I’ve been trying to put both my defense and offense together at the same time and I’m playing a little bit better.”

Still, the guard is aiming to improve and take advantage of his time with the 66ers.

“I need to continue working on shooting off the dribble, being a better leader, passer, and decision maker,” he said. “But most of all, work on my defense. I think I have made some strides with that this year.”