Raphiael Putney of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 4 through Sunday, Jan. 10.
The honor is the first of Putney’s career.
Putney (6-10, 255, Massachusetts) led Rio Grande Valley to a 2-1 week averaging 28.3 points (third in the league) on 47 percent shooting (29-of-62) to go with a league-leading 15.7 rebounds and 3.7 blocks (third). He connected on 15-of-19 free throw attempts. On Jan. 7, at the NBA D-League Showcase he scored a career-high 38 points on 14-of-22 shooting, including 6-of-11 from beyond the arc to go with 18 rebounds in a 111-99 win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. In his second game at the Showcase, he tied a season high with six blocks in a 125-119 victory over Raptors 905. On Jan. 4, he set a career high with 21 rebounds and tallied four blocks in a 126-122 loss to the Reno Bighorns.
For the season, Putney is averaging 20.3 points (tied for ninth in the league), 10.0 rebounds (fifth), 3.1 blocks (second) and 1.8 assists.