March 25, 2011
Warriors' NBA D-League Affiliate Reno Bighorns On Versus
Watch Jeremy Lin and Top NBA Prospects Saturday Night vs. Sioux Falls at 8 p.m.
Warriors guard Jeremy Lin has averaged 18.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 18 games with the Reno Bighorns this season.
Many of the NBA’s top prospects, along with Warriors guard Jeremy Lin, can be seen on national television on Saturday night when the Reno Bighorns, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings, play at the Sioux Falls Skyforce at 5 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast on VERSUS at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET.
The Warriors assigned Lin, the former Harvard star, to Reno (29-16) for the third and final time this season on March 17. In 18 games (10 starts) with the Bighorns, Lin is averaging 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.0 steals. Reno, which is coached by former Warriors and Kings coach Eric Musselman, also features forward Bobby Simmons, who has appeared in 438 career NBA games with five teams, averaging 9.4 points and 4.0 rebounds. Center Patrick O’Bryant, the Warriors’ first-round (ninth overall) selection in the 2006 NBA Draft, averages 10.0 points and 7.0 rebounds for the Bighorns. Forward Marcus Landry, the former Wisconsin star who played with the Celtics and Knicks last season, averages 17.0 points, while Salim Stoudamire, who played three seasons with the Atlanta Hawks (2005-08), scores 9.5 points per game.
Sioux Falls (10-35) is led by forward Patrick Ewing Jr., the former Georgetown standout, who ranks among the league leaders in scoring (17.7 ppg, 9th) and rebounding (9.4 rpg, 3rd). The Skyforce also features forward Raymond Sykes, the former Clemson star, who averages 13.2 points and 6.1 rebounds, while guard David Bailey, Sioux Falls’ all-time leading scorer, contributes 11.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.
Currently about 20 percent of NBA players have NBA D-League experience, including Golden State’s Dorell Wright, Reggie Williams, Lou Amundson and Jeff Adrien. This season, a record 25 NBA teams have assigned players to their NBA D-League affiliates. Further, 25 of the 60 2010 NBA Draft selections have played in the NBA D-League in 2010-11.
The NBA D-League and its teams and players will host a variety of greening events in a collaborative effort to generate awareness for protecting the environment as part of NBA D-League Green Week 2011, which will tip off March 26 and run through April 2. adidas, the league’s official outfitter, will outfit all players with 100 percent organic cotton shooting shirts in support of Green Week.
VERSUS’ Complete Regular-Season NBA D-League Schedule (subject to change):
||Reno Bighorns at Sioux Falls Skyforce
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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.