Dec 09, 2013 6:47 PM EST
Isaiah Canaan, a Houston Rockets rookie playing on assignment for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and Pierre Jackson of the Idaho Stampede have been named the NBA Development League Co-Performers of the Week for games played Dec. 2-8.
A 6-0, 188-pound guard out of Murray State, Canaan averaged 25.5 points, 9.3 assists and 4.8 rebounds to lead the Vipers to a 4-0 week. On assignment in Rio Grande Valley since Nov. 6, Canaan and the Vipers are 7-0 this season and have won 17 straight regular-season games dating back to March 16. For the season, Canaan is averaging 21.7 points, good for second best on the Vipers and 10th in the NBA D-League, to go with an NBA D-League-high 9.9 assists and 4.6 rebounds.
Jackson, a 5-11, 176-pound guard from Baylor, averaged 31.0 points, 6.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds, guiding Idaho to a 2-0 week. Jackson scored an NBA D-League-high 43 points, sinking six three-pointers, as the Stampede defeated the Springfield Armor 117-107 on the road. The next night, he helped Idaho secure a 101-90 win over the Maine Red Claws, scoring 19 points, dishing out nine assists and grabbing four steals. For the season, Jackson is averaging an NBA D-League-best 28.6 points to go with 5.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds.
Other top performers considered include Delaware’s Kendall Marshall, Idaho’s Richard Howell, Iowa’s Othyus Jeffers, Maine’s Chris Wright, Sioux Falls’ John Allen, Texas’ Devin Ebanks and Tulsa’s Andre Roberson, on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Nov 07, 2013 12:48 PM EST
The Houston Rockets have assigned Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington to the NBA D-League, the team announced on Thursday.
Both players will play for the Rockets' affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Oct 28, 2013 2:55 PM EDT
Free agent guard B.J. Young – a recent release of the Rockets – will sign a deal with Houston’s D-League team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, a league source told RealGM.
Young was released by the Rockets early in training camp, but the former Arkansas standout received interest from the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadlephia 76ers before deciding to join the Rockets’ burgeoning pipeline of young talent, a league source said.
Daryl Morey has stockpiled several talented players to place into the Rockets’ developmental system, which will also include the recently waived Troy Daniels.
After averaging over 15 points and three assists in his sophomore season at the Unviersity of Arkansas, Young, 20, went undrafted in June’s NBA draft.
Young played for the Rockets in summer league, displaying moments of explosiveness averaging nearly 12 points on 51.6 percent shooting and two assists.
Sep 13, 2013 1:37 PM EDT
The Houston Rockets are in discussions with Billy Lange about becoming head coach of their D-League affiliate.
Lange is currently an assistant coach at Villanova under Jay Wright.
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the defending D-League champions and their past two head coaches have moved on to assistant coaching jobs.
The Rockets are heavily involved in the operations of their D-League affiliate.
Apr 25, 2013 6:57 PM EDT
Andrew Goudelock has been named the 2013 NBA Development League’s Most Valuable Player, as voted by the NBA D-League’s 16 head coaches, for his efforts as a member of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Goudelock (6-3, 200, College of Charleston) played in 37 games, all starts, for the Vipers this season, averaging 21.4 points to go with 5.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 36.7 minutes, while leading the team in scoring 16 times. Selected to play in the 2013 NBA D-League All-Star Game, Goudelock was traded in January to Rio Grande Valley from the Sioux Falls Skyforce, where he played in 14 games.
In all, Goudelock appeared in 52 regular season NBA D-League games, averaging 21.1 points, good for third best in the NBA D-League, to go with 5.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 37.1 minutes.
Mar 30, 2013 11:12 AM EDT
The Los Angeles Clippers have signed Maalik Wayns for the remainder of the season.
Wayns has appeared in three games for the Clippers, averaging 3.7 points and 2.3 assists.
Mar 29, 2013 10:56 AM EDT
Daryl Morey expects Royce White to play the remaining four regular-season games with the Rio Grande Vipers before a decision is reached about him playing in the playoffs.
“We’ll see where it goes from there,” Morey said. “The plan is to play it by ear. See what the best plan is at that point when we reach the end.”
White said on Wednesday that a plan for him to leave the Vipers at the end of the regular season has been in place for several weeks, citing the “hectic” schedule of the D-League playoffs.
Mar 27, 2013 8:42 PM EDT
Royce White has no plans to play in the D-League playoffs.
White returned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Tuesday and scored 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out six assists in a 104-94 win over Tulsa.
“I’ll be here until the end of the regular season,” White said after the game. “The playoff schedule and how hectic it is in the D-League probably ain’t going be the best thing for me. Going to the playoffs, I want them to have a team that’s going to stick together.”
White chose not to answer questions about why he left the Vipers last week.
Mar 25, 2013 5:08 PM EDT
Five days after he left the team, Royce White has returned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
White announced on Twitter that he had returned to the D-League affiliate and that a "miscommunication" with the Rockets had been cleared up. He said last week that he left the team and returned to Houston on the advice of a team doctor.
The Rockets have had no comment on the matter.
Mar 25, 2013 3:47 PM EDT
Rio Grande Valley’s Andrew Goudelock and Fort Wayne’s Tony Mitchell have been named NBA Development League Co-Performers of the Week for games played March 18 – March 24. This is the second time Mitchell has received Performer of the Week honors this season.
Goudelock (6-3, 200, College of Charleston) led the Vipers to a 3-0 week averaging 26.3 points on 60 percent shooting from the field to go with 5.7 assists and 2.7 rebounds. He scored a season-high 41 points on 16-of-23 shooting on March 24 in a 116-107 win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, which helped Rio Grande Valley clinch a playoff berth. In 31 games for Rio Grande Valley this season he is averaging 20.8 points, 5.9 assists 4.3 rebounds and 37.3 minutes.
Mitchell (6-6, 216, Alabama) finished the week averaging 34.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting 46 percent from the floor. On March 22 he connected on a game-tying three-pointer as time expired in double overtime, then nailed a game-winning jumpshot in triple overtime to lock down a 106-104 victory over Austin. Mitchell finished with a game-high 47 points, the second highest total in the league this season.
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