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Rockets Assign Clint Capela To Rio Grande Valley

The Houston Rockets have assigned assigned center Clint Capela to Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner in Rio Grande Valley.

Capela (6-10, 245, France), has appeared in four games for the Rockets and recorded six rebounds, one assist, a steal and a block in 12 total minutes of playing time.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Earl Clark Close To Deal In China

Earl Clark is nearing a deal in China.

Clark currently is playing in the D-League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been interested in Clark.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Earl Clark Named D-League Player Of The Month For November

Earl Clark has been named NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in November. The honor, the first of the 2014-15 season, is also the first of Clark’s NBA D-League career.

Clark helped the Vipers to a 4-3 record to start the 2014-15 season. The team was 4-0 in games he competed in. For the month, Clark led the Vipers in scoring (28.8 ppg), good for second-best in the NBA D-League, while shooting 45 percent (42-of-93) from the floor. He also averaged 7.3 rebounds and was third in the league in blocks (3.3 bpg).

Clark scored in double figures in all four games he played in, including a 35-point outing to secure a 151-148 triple-overtime road win over the Bakersfield Jam on Nov. 18.

Other players receiving consideration for the monthly award were Bakersfield’s Elijah Millsap, Idaho’s Kevin Murphy, Maine’s Tim Frazier, Reno’s Brady Heslip, and Texas’ Eric Griffin.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Nick Johnson Assigned By Rockets To Rio Grande Valley

Nick Johnson has been assigned to the Houston Rockets' single-affiliation NBA D-League partner, Rio Grande Valley. 

Johnson has appeared in three games with the Rockets so far this season, totaling two points and a rebound in 11 minutes of playing time.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Rockets Assign Clint Capela To D-League

The Houston Rockets assigned Clint Capela to Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley on Monday.

Capela (6-10, 245, France) appeared in one game with the Rockets so far this season on November 6th versus San Antonio, recording three rebounds and one assist.

Via RealGM Staff Report

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

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Rockets Re-Assign Isaiah Canaan To D-League

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

Robert Covington Named D-League All-Star Game MVP

Robert Covington scored 33 points, a new D-League All-Star Game record.

Rockets Recall Isaiah Canaan From D-League

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

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

Isaiah Canaan and Terrence Williams were named D-League Players of the Week.

Rockets Reassign Isaiah Canaan To D-League

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

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.
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