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Gary Payton II Named D-League Player Of The Week

Dec 5, 2016 4:41 PM

Gary Payton II of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Dec. 4.

Payton II (6-3, 190, Oregon State) helped Rio Grande Valley to a 2-0 week behind averages of 33.0 points (second in the league), 10.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals. On Dec. 1, he had 15 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals in a 103-83 win over the Reno Bighorns. He closed his week on Dec. 3, scoring an NBA D-League season-high 51 points on 20-of-29 shooting to go with 11 rebounds and three assists in a 140-125 victory over the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Payton II is averaging 16.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals in his first NBA D-League season. He also has four double-doubles in nine games.

Other top performers considered included Erie’s TJ Price, Fort Wayne’s Travis Leslie, Maine’s Demetrius Jackson, Northern Arizona’s Derrick Jones Jr., Oklahoma City’s Dakari Johnson, Sioux Falls’ Briante Weber, Texas’ Pierre Jackson and Windy City’s Aaron Thomas.

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Will Cumming Named D-League Player Of The Week

Apr 4, 2016 7:13 PM

Will Cummings of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, March 28 through Saturday, April 2. It’s the first Performer of the Week honor of his career.

Cummings (6-2, 185, Temple) led Rio Grande Valley to a 3-0 week, averaging 22.7 points on 52.4 percent shooting, including his 12-of-22 from beyond the arc, to go with 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 steals.

On March 29, he tallied 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists in a 118-97 win over the Oklahoma City Blue.  On April 2, he scored 26 points and added five rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 128-121 victory over the Los Angeles D-Fenders to help the Vipers clinch the number three seed going into the Western Conference Playoffs.

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Montrezl Harrell Suspended Five Games For Shoving Referee

Mar 29, 2016 5:08 PM

Montrezl Harrell has been suspended five games without pay for shoving a referee to the floor during an altercation with Derek Cooke Jr.

The incident occurred after the final of the Bakersfield Jam's win on Saturday over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Harrell was on a D-League assignment by the Houston Rockets.

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Pelicans To Sign Jordan Hamilton To 10-Day Contract

Mar 24, 2016 8:11 PM

Jordan Hamilton will sign a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Hamilton has been playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League. Hamilton is averaging 14.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 29.2 minutes per game over 14 appearances in the D-League this season.

Hamilton last played in the NBA last season with the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Raphiael Putney Named D-League Player Of Week

Jan 12, 2016 5:13 PM

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.

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