Pittman Named to 2011 D-League Eastern Conference All-Star Team

MIAMI, February 3rd – Sioux Falls Skyforce and Miami HEAT center Dexter Pittman was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team, the NBA Development League announced today. The 2011 NBA D-League All-Star Game, presented by SonoSite, will be played on Saturday, Feb. 19 on Center Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas. The game will air live on NBA TV at 5PM ET. 

Pittman, who is currently on assignment from the Miami HEAT, is averaging 14.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks while shooting 55.6 percent (100-of-180) from the field in 17 games (17 starts). The rookie center currently ranks among the D-League leaders in blocked shots (fourth), field goal percentage (eighth) and rebounds (12th).  

A combination of voting by the D-League’s 16 head coaches and fan balloting on nba.com/dleague was used to select the 20 NBA D-League All-Stars, 10 from each conference. Players who have been selected must be on an active NBA D-League roster to compete in the NBA D-League All-Star Game. 

Iowa Energy head coach Nick Nurse and his assistant coach Nate Bjorkgren will coach the East, while Tulsa 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts and his assistant coach Dale Osbourne will coach the West. Both coaching staffs were selected based on their teams having the highest winning percentage in their respective conferences through February 1.  Prior to the game, Nurse and Tibbetts will choose starting lineups for their own teams. 

Pittman was selected by the Miami HEAT with the 32nd pick of the 2010 NBA Draft. He was drafted out of the University of Texas where he played four seasons, averaging 6.6 points (on 62.3 percent from the field), 4.0 rebounds and 12.2 minutes per contests in 134 games (59 starts).  

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