Minors: Call-ups, recalls among D-League moves
By Steve LeMaster
Pro Basketball News
Undrafted forward/center Malcolm Thomas got a call earlier in the week. Thomas got “the call” that all NBA Development League players await. After averaging 14.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.7 blocks per game and shooting a blistering 67.3 percent from the field for the Los Angeles D-Fenders, Thomas received a call-up from the San Antonio Spurs.
Thomas played in South Korea during the NBA Lockout and thrived there, too.
San Antonio waived veteran forward/center Ike Diogu (6-8) to make room for Thomas on its roster.
HAMILTON ADDED TO DENVER’S ACTIVE ROSTER: The Denver Nuggets have recalled rookie guard/forward Jordan Hamilton (6-7) from the Idaho Stampede. In six games, Hamilton averaged 9.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 24 points for the D-League team based out of Idaho.
The Nuggets selected Hamilton with the 26th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Denver’s addition of Hamilton expanded the Nuggets’ active roster to 15 players.
BABBITT, STONE RECEIVE RECALLS: The Idaho Stampede lost a pair of players to NBA affiliates earlier last week. Forward Luke Babbitt (6-9) and rookie guard Julyan Stone (6-6) were both recalled by NBA teams.
The Portland Trailblazers recalled Babbitt. In three games with the Stampede, Babbitt averaged 21.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
Stone, who was recalled by the Denver Nuggets, averaged 7.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.3 steals in three games with the Stampede.
EWING JR. BACK WITH SKYFORCE; MCSHEPARD RELEASED: Forward Patrick Ewing, Jr. has returned to the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Sioux Falls waived Billy McShepard due to injury. For his career, Ewing, Jr. is averaging 17.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. His career includes previous stints in the D-League with Sioux Falls and the Reno Bighorns. Ewing, Jr. was named All-NBA D-League Third Team last season after averaging 17.7 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 49 games with the Bighorns and the Skyforce.
The New Orleans Hornets called Ewing , Jr. up on Jan. 25, 2011. The son of NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing appeared in seven regular-season games and two postseason contests during his NBA stint.
BIGHORNS ADD JONES TO ROSTER: Veteran guard Damon Jones has signed with the Reno Bighorns. Jones, 35, played most recently with Bucaneros de La Guaira (Venezuela). He has also played professionally in Italy, Puerto Rico, Spain and Turkey. Jones is in his 15th pro season.
UZOH JOINS RGV VIPERS: Nigerian point guard Ben Uzoh is the latest addition for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Uzoh scored 16 points and claimed four rebounds in his first game with the Vipers, a 99-100 loss to the Springfield Armor. Undrafted in 2010 following a four-year career at the University of Tulsa, Uzoh signed a partially guaranteed contract with the New Jersey Nets. He played 42 games for the Nets during the 2010-11 season, averaging 3.8 points per outing.
Uzoh played briefly for Lokomotiv iKuban in Russia in late-2011.
WALSH NOW WITH CAJA LABORAL: Former NBA player Matt Walsh is playing for Caja Laboral in Spain. Walsh, who starred for the Florida Gators during a decorated collegiate career, played two regular-season games with the Miami Heat during the 2005-06 season. His additional NBA experience includes time spent with the New Jersey Nets during the 2006-07 preseason and a run with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League in 2007. Walsh has also played professionally in France, Greece, Belgium and Slovenia.
LAW SIGNS WITH OLYMPIAKOS: Former NBA player Acie Law recently signed to play overseas, inking a deal with Olympiakos. Law started the season with Partizan Belgrade and averaged 12.7 points, 3.4 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals in Euroleague.
The Atlanta Hawks drafted Law 11th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft. He has also played for the Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies. Law has played for the Warriors in two separate stints.
D-LEAGUE STANDINGS: East Conference – 1. Iowa, 14-5; 2. Canton, 10-10; 3. Springfield, 9-12; 4. Erie Bay, 9-12; 5. Dakota, 8-10; 6. Ft. Wayne, 8-12; 7. Maine, 7-14; 8. Sioux Falls, 6-15.
West Conference – 1. Los Angeles, 16-7; 2. Austin, 15-4; 3. Rio Grande, 12-9; 4. Bakersfield, 11-9; 5. Reno, 11-10; 6. Tulsa, 10-11; 7. Idaho, 8-12, Texas, 8-13.
PREMIER BASKETBALL LEAGUE STANDINGS: Central Division – 1. Central Illinois, 3-0; 2. Sauk Valley, 3-0; 3. Chicago, 2-1; 4. Indiana, 1-2; 5. Northwest Indiana, 0-3; 6. St. Louis, 0-3.
Eastern Division – 1. Rochester, 2-0; 2. Charleston, 1-1; 3. Dayton, 1-1; 4. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 1-2; 5. Lake Michigan. 0-1.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE OF CANADA STANDINGS: 1. London, 17-4; 2. Halifax, 13-5; 3. Quebec, 15-8; 4. Saint John, 9-11; 5. Summerside, 8-13; 6. Oshawa, 8-16; 7. Moncton, 4-17.