Minors: Memphis assigns Selby to Reno

By Steve LeMaster

Rookie guard Josh Selby became the fourth NBA player assignment to the Reno Bighorns on Tuesday when he drew the reassignment from the Memphis Grizzlies. Selby has averaged 2.5 points, 1.2 assists, 0.6 rebounds and 0.3 steals per game for Memphis. He has played in 23 games for the Grizzlies this season. Selby had nine points, seven assists and two rebounds in 26 minutes against the Houston Rockets on December 30. In a previous stint with the Bighorns earlier in the season, Selby averaged 21.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

THOMAS INKS WITH ROCKETS: Center Malcolm Thomas has signed with the Houston Rockets. Thomas became the seventh call-up for the Los Angeles D-Fenders this season and the 10th in franchise history. The talented Thomas has landed on an NBA roster for the second time this season. Thomas appeared in three games for the San Antonio Spurs earlier in the season. He was averaging 13.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 23 D-League games.

RAPTORS ADD ANDERSON: The Toronto Raptors signed veteran guard/forward Alan Anderson to a 10-day contract on March 25. Anderson was averaging 21.5 points and 4.6 rebounds through eight games with the Canton Charge. He is now in his third stint in the NBA. In 52 career NBA games prior to his latest NBA stint, Anderson had averaged 5.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists while shooting 42.7 percent from the field.

ARMOR RE-ACQUIRES SMITH: Guard Jerry Smith is back in the NBA D-League after his 10-day contract with the New Jersey Nets expired. The Springfield Armor re-acquired Smith. In five games with the Nets, Smith averaged 1.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 steals. Earlier in the season, Smith averaged a team-high 19.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.9 steals in 34.5 minutes en route to being named an NBA D-League All-Star. The Armor waived reserve forward Eugene Spates (5.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg) to make room for Smith on its roster.

NBA VET HARRISON LANDS IN RENO: The biggest little town recently got a little bigger. The Reno Bighorns signed seven-foot center David Harrison (Colorado) from the available player pool. Harrison filled the spot of Blake Ahearn, who was waived for personal reasons. Ahearn joined his wife for the birth of their first child. Harrison played in 189 games over four seasons with the Indiana Pacers, averaging 5.0 points and 2.9 rebounds. The center from Colorado averaged 53.0 percent shooting from the field. In Harrison’s most recent playing stint, which was overseas, he averaged 14.9 points, 10 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game with the Tianjin Ronggang of the Chinese Basketball Association. The current leading scorer in the NBA D-League, Ahearn (23.8 ppg) is expected to rejoin the Bighorns after the birth of his child.

MAINE ATTRACTION: Veteran guard Cedric Bozeman is the latest signee for the Maine Red Claws. Bozeman averaged 12.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists for the Reno Bighorns during a previous stint in the D-League.
Bozeman’s playing experience overseas includes stints in Belgium, China and Poland.

SPURS ASSIGN JOSEPH TO D-LEAGUE: Rookie guard Cory Joseph (6-3, PG) is back with the D-League’s Austin Toros. The San Antonio Spurs assigned Joseph to the Toros earlier in the week. Joseph was averaging 1.7 points, 1.1 assists and 7.6 minutes per game for the Spurs. In six games as part of two previous stints with the Toros, Joseph averaged 10.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.67 steals. The University of Texas product is averaging 30 minutes per game for the Toros.

JOSEPH NAMED D-LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: While on assignment from the San Antonio Spurs, point guard Cory Joseph has picked up an award. Joseph has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played March 19-25. During the week, Joseph averaged 19.0 points, 9.3 assists and 9.0 rebounds as Austin compiled a 3-0 record. Joseph recorded a triple-double (15 points, 17 rebounds, 12 assists) in a 112-82 win over the Maine Red Claws on March 23.

D-LEAGUE STANDINGS: East Conference – 1. Canton (26-19); 2. Springfield (25-19); 3. Dakota (24-20); 4. Erie Bay (24-21); 5. Iowa (23-21); 6. Maine (18-29); 7. Sioux Falls (14-31); 8. Ft. Wayne (12-33). West Conference – 1. Los Angeles (33-11); 2. Austin (29-16); 3. Bakersfield (26-18); 4. Texas (24-20); 5. Tulsa (22-24); 6. Rio Grande Valley (22-24); 7. Reno (19-25); 8. Idaho (18-28).

ADMIRALS PICK UP DIXON: The Premier Basketball League’s Lake Michigan Admirals has announced the signing of Cliff Dixon, a forward/center out of Western Kentucky University. Dixon is the brother of reigning NBA All-Star MVP Kevin Durant.

PBL STANDINGS: Central Division – 1. Central Illinois (18-1), 2. Sauk Valley (13-6), 3. Chicago (9-10), 4. St. Louis (4-13), 5. Indiana (3-14). Eastern Division – 1. Rochester (17-1), 2. Scranton/Wilkes Barre (8-10), 3. Dayton (5-10), 4. Lake Michigan (4-13).