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Rockets To Rely On D-League Growth For Clint Capela, Nick Johnson

The Houston Rockets plan to utilize the NBA Development League heavily this season for their two draft picks, Clint Capela and Nick Johnson.

“The Vipers have been great for us,” Kevin McHale said. “We sent guys down here. It helped them. D-Mo was down here. Terrence came down for a while. It really helps their game a lot. I like it. Like this year, will be a huge year for Clint Capela down here. That will be fantastic. Nick Johnson will be able to uses this to improve. It’s been fantastic for us."

Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas developed in the D-League with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2012-13, while Isaiah Canaan and Troy Daniels played with the Vipers most of last season.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Robert Covington Named D-League Rookie Of The Year

Houston Rockets rookie Robert Covington has been the named the 2014 NBA Development League Rookie of the Year, as voted on by the league’s 17 head coaches. The award recognizes the first-year professional who most significantly contributed to his team’s success during the course of the season.

Covington (6-9, 215, Tennessee State) played in 42 of the Vipers 50 regular season games on assignment from the Rockets, 41 as a starter. He averaged 23.2 points, good for second-best in the NBA D-League, while shooting 44 percent from the field. He rounded out his stat line averaging a Vipers-best 9.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals, second-highest in the league. During the regular season, Covington led the team in scoring 21 times and was the Vipers leading rebounder in 13 contests. He scored in double figures in 41 of his 42 games in Rio Grande Valley, recording two 40-plus point games and four additional 30-plus point outings.

All-Time NBA D-League Rookie of the Year winners
2012-13: Tony Mitchell, Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2011-12: Edwin Ubiles, Dakota Wizards
2010-11: DeShawn Sims, Maine Red Claws
2009-10: Alonzo Gee,* Austin Toros
2008-09: Othyus Jeffers,* Iowa Energy
2007-08: Blake Ahearn, Dakota Wizards
2006-07: Louis Amundson,* Colorado 14ers
2005-06: Will Bynum,* Roanoke Dazzle
2004-05: James Thomas, Roanoke Dazzle
2003-04: Desmond Penigar, Asheville Altitude
2002-03: Devin Brown, Fayetteville Patriots
2001-02: Fred House, Charleston Lowgators

Via RealGM Staff Report

Rockets Reassign Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington To D-League

The Houston Rockets re-assigned Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.

Both have spent a large part of the season with Rio Grande Valley.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Rockets Recall Robert Covington, Troy Daniels From D-League

The Houston Rockets recalled Robert Covington and Troy Daniels from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.

Both players have spent the majority of the season with the Rockets' D-League affiliate.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Rockets Sign Troy Daniels, Waive Ronnie Brewer

The Houston Rockets signed Troy Daniels out of the NBA D-League on Friday while releasing Ronnie Brewer.

Brewer signed with the Rockets as a free agent last offseason.

Daniels has spent the season with the Rockets' affiliate, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and will remain with the D-League team.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Rockets Re-Assign Isaiah Canaan To D-League

The Houston Rockets have re-assigned Isaiah Canaan to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.

Canaan had been rehabbing a hamstring injury.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Robert Covington Named D-League All-Star Game MVP

Robert Covington of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, playing on assignment from the Houston Rockets, scored 33 points and added six rebounds and three steals on his way to being named MVP of the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game

The game was won by the Prospects over the Futures 145-142.

Covington, who went undrafted in 2013 out of Tennessee State, has spent most of his rookie season on assignment with the Vipers, averaging 21.4 points in 23 games. He’s appeared in five games with the Rockets, averaging 3.8 minutes.

“It’s a great feeling being able to play well in this game in front of our GM Daryl Morey and all these others scouts and NBA people,” said Covington, whose 33 points set a new NBA D-League All-Star Game record. “I feel like I’ve gotten better during my time with Rio Grande Valley, and it’s good to see the hard work paying off in a game like this.”

Devin Ebanks of the Texas Legends added 27 points as part of a balanced effort that saw seven of 10 Prospects score in double figures, while shooting 61 percent from the field as a team.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Rockets Recall Isaiah Canaan From D-League

The Houston Rockets recalled Isaiah Canaan from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.

Canaan is a rookie and has split time with the Rockets and Vipers this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Isaiah Canaan, Terrence Williams Named D-League Players Of The Week

Isaiah Canaan, a Houston Rockets rookie playing on assignment for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and Terrence Williams of the Los Angeles D-Fenders, were named NBA Development League Co-Performers of the Week for games played Jan. 20-26. 

A 6-0, 188-pound guard out of Murray State, Canaan averaged 25.8 points, 6.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds to lead the Vipers to a 3-1 week.  On his second assignment with Rio Grande Valley, Caanan scored at least 19 points in all four games and, on Jan. 25 he recorded a season-high 34 points to go along with seven rebounds and seven assists in a 123-116 victory over the Austin Toros. For the season, Canaan is averaging 22.7 points, good for second best on the Vipers and seventh in the NBA D-League, to go with an NBA D-League-high 8.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds. 

Williams, a 6-6, 220-pound swingman from Louisville, averaged 27.3 points, 6.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds, guiding Los Angeles to a 2-1 week. On Jan. 24, he tallied a season-high 39 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists in a 118-111 win over the Reno Bighorns. For the season, Williams is averaging 18.1 points, 6.2 assists and 4.7 rebounds. The D-Fenders are 7-3 since Williams made his debut on Jan. 4.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Rockets Reassign Isaiah Canaan To D-League

The Houston Rockets have reassigned Isaiah Canaan to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Canaan has split time this season between the Rockets and Vipers.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Rio Grande Valley Vipers Archives

Rockets Recall Robert Covington From D-League

Robert Covington has spent most of the season with Rio Grande Valley.

Celtics Sign Chris Johnson To 10-Day Contract

Chris Johnson is averaging 19.4 points and 6.8 rebounds in 20 games this season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.

Rockets Call Up Isaiah Canaan From D-League

Isaiah Canaan has averaged 21.7 points and 9.2 assists per game with the Rio Grande Valley Rapids.

Isaiah Canaan, Pierre Jackson Named D-League Players Of The Week

Isaiah Canaan is a rookie on the Rockets playing for the D-League's Vipers.

Rockets Send Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington To D-League

Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington will play for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
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