NETS’ NBA D-League Affiliate Springfield Armor on Versus
March 18, 2011
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—NETS guard Ben Uzoh, along with several former NCAA Tournament stars, can be seen on national television on Saturday night when the Springfield Armor, the NBA Development League affiliate of the New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers, plays at the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on VERSUS at 11 p.m. ET.
The Nets assigned Uzoh, a 6-3, 205-pound rookie out of Tulsa, to the Armor on Tuesday. He played his first game with the Armor on Thursday, logging seven points, eight rebounds and six assists in a loss to Fort Wayne. In 32 games with the Nets this season, Uzoh has averaged 3.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 9.1 minutes.
Springfield (11-32) also features former Villanova All-American Scottie Reynolds, an NBA D-League All-Star who averages 13.0 points, 5.9 assists and 4.0 rebounds. JamesOn Curry, selected by the Chicago Bulls in the second round (51st overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft out of Oklahoma State, leads the Armor with 16.2 points per game. Connecticut's Gavin Edwards, Louisville's Jerry Smith and Wake Forest's Chas McFarland are also among Springfield's former collegiate stars.
Fort Wayne (20-23), affiliated with the Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks, is led by former Indiana star Rod Wilmont, a 6-4, 215-pound guard who averages 15.0 points, and Darnell Lazare, the LSU product who averages 15.5 points and 7.0 rebounds. The Mad Ants also feature former Purdue standout guard Chris Kramer, one-time Gonzaga guard Derek Raivio and former Tennessee forward Wayne Chism.
Currently about 20 percent of NBA players have NBA D-League experience, including the Nets' Jordan Farmar, Sundiata Gaines and Stephen Graham. This season, a record 25 NBA teams have assigned players to their NBA D-League affiliates, while 25 of the 60 2010 NBA Draft selections have played in the NBA D-League in 2010-11.
VERSUS' Complete Regular-Season NBA D-League Schedule (subject to change):
|March 19||Springfield Armor at Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|March 26||Reno Bighorns at Sioux Falls Skyforce|
|April 2||Maine Red Claws at Erie BayHawks|
For complete schedule information, visit www.VERSUS.com. VERSUS will announce its postseason schedule when information becomes available.
VERSUS prides itself on super-serving passionate sports fans across all platforms (VERSUS.com, VERSUS on Demand and VERSUS HD). Now in more than 75 million homes, the network is the cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Professional Bull Riders (PBR). VERSUS also airs NASCAR, NBA, UFC, college football and college basketball programming. The network is home to the best outdoor programming on television and airs original programs not available anywhere else, including The T.Ocho Show. VERSUS, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.
NBA Development League
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA's official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league's connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league's 10th season, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA FUTURECAST, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.