Phoenix Suns Recall Archie Goodwin From D-League

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Welcome back, Archie Goodwin.

The Phoenix Suns recalled Goodwin from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Developmental League on Sunday after assigning him to the team just three days prior, on January 23.

The rookie appeared in two games for the Jam, averaging 29.5 points and 6 rebounds in 44 minutes. Goodwin scored 32 points and grabbed down 8 boards against the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Friday before tallying 27 points and recording 4 rebounds against the Reno Bighorns on Saturday.

Goodwin, just 19 and the league’s second youngest player recently lost his spot in the rotation due to the arrival of 10-year veteran Leandro Barbosa as the Suns look toward the playoffs.

In 36 games with the Suns this season, the shooting guard has averaged 3 points, on 38.3 percent shooting and 1.7 rebounds in just over 10 minutes per contest.

On November 19 against the Sacramento Kings, Goodwin dropped a career-high 16 points. Below are his highlights from the game:


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Timberwolves Recall Muhammad from D-League

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The rookie is back.

After an impressive stint with the Iowa Energy, the Minnesota Timberwolves have recalled Shabazz Muhammad from the NBA Developmental League.

In four games with the Energy, Muhammad averaged 24.5 points, on 57.1 percent shooting, and 9.8 rebounds in just under 28 minutes per contest.

The 21-year-old was named to the 2014 NBADLeague.com All-Showcase Team after averaging 23 points, on 62.5 percent shooting, and 9 rebounds in two games of the D-League Showcase.

Muhammad appeared in eleven games with the Wolves. The small forward averaged 1.1 points, on 25 percent shooting, playing over 3 minutes per contest.


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Sixers Recall Williams, Brown from D-League

Nov 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Elliot Williams (25) drives the baseline during the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Bucks 115-107 in overtime. Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers have recalled guards Elliot Williams and Lorenzo Brown from the Delware 87ers of the NBA Developmental League.

Both Brown and Williams were signed by the Sixers on November 20, the same day that Kwame Brown and Darius Morris were cut from the squad.

Williams, 24, appeared in 18 games for Philadelphia, averaging 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in over ten minutes per contest. He was assigned to the 87ers on Sunday, January 5, playing in one game for the team and dropping 19 points, grabbing down 5 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists in almost 41 minutes.

On December 28 against the Phoenix Suns, Williams received his only career start with the Sixers. He played 27 minutes, recording 2 rebounds and picking up one steal, not registering a point.

Williams was drafted No. 22 overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2010 draft, and played 24 games with the team in the 2011-2012 season. He was sidelined for the entire 2012-2013 season due to an Achilles injury before joining the Cleveland Cavaliers during training camp. On October 25, he was waived by the Cavs.

Dec 16, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Philadelphia 76ers point guard Lorenzo Brown (7) takes off on a fast break against the Brooklyn Nets during first half of NBA game at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 16, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Philadelphia 76ers point guard Lorenzo Brown (7) takes off on a fast break against the Brooklyn Nets during first half of NBA game at Barclays Center. Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Brown appeared in 13 games for the Sixers, averaging 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in close to eleven minutes per contest. He was assigned to the 87ers on December 26, playing in 5 games and dropping 18 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds in over 36 minutes per game.

The 23-year-old was drafted No. 52 overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in last June’s draft, before being cut by the team on October 25.

The 76ers’ next game is on Monday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.


D-League Game of the Day: Rio Grande Valley Vipers Vs. Austin Toros


Nando De Colo challenges two Houston defenders.

Even at the Developmental League level, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers have evolved into must-see TV. The D-League affiliate of the Houston Rockets has emerged as the league’s most lethal offense, scoring 131.8 points while shooting 48 three-pointers per contest. Troy Daniels, their sixth man is averaging 25.1 points and draining more than six shots from beyond the arc per game. Oh, and did I mention they’re undefeated?

The Vipers are 8-0 and are led by rookie coach Nevada Smith. The squad features two players with NBA experience, Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington. Canaan, 22, was the Rockets’ second-round pick in June’s draft. After spending more than a month with Houston, he was assigned to the Vipers on November 7. The guard has flourished, scoring 21.4 points and recording 9.5 assists in eight games.

Covington, also 22, signed with the Rockets in July before also being assigned to the team on Nov. 7. The forward is playing quality basketball, averaging 18 points and grabbing down 9 boards per game.

The Austin Toros (3-3) look to improve to 3-1 on their home court. Nando De Colo has bounced back and forth between the Toros and the San Antonio Spurs in the month of December a couple of times now, but performs extremely well every time he puts on his Toro uniform. In two appearances, the 26-year-old guard is averaging 30.5 points, 7 assists and 4.5 steals in 38 minutes per contest.

The team also boasts former NBA players Josh Howard and Ronald “Flip” Murray. Howard, a former All-Star is averaging 13.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in his first ever five D-League games. Murray is dropping 12.6 points per contest.


Although Austin is playing on their home court, the Vipers have too many offensive weapons to be taken down by the Toros.

Vipers, 115 – Toros, 111

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Check out Daniels’ 31 point-performance from their 115-114 over the Reno Bighorns on Tuesday. The guard dropped 31 points, knocking down 8 three-pointers in the process.

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Kendall Marshall and Marquis Teague Both Headed to D-League

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In two different moves on Tuesday, Kendall Marshall and Marquis Teague will both be suiting up for Developmental League teams.

Kendall Marshall was claimed by the Delaware 87ers, D-League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers. The 22-year-old, who was released by the Washington Wizards following their trade for Marcin Gortat, turned down offers to play professional basketball overseas.

The No. 13 overall pick in the 2012 draft appeared in 48 games for the Phoenix Suns last season, averaging 3 points and 3 assists in over 14 minutes per contest.

In other D-League news, the Chicago Bulls have assigned Marquis Teague to the Iowa Energy.

Over the weekend, coach Tom Thibodeau had begun playing veteran Mike James over Teague and it became clear that Teague had fallen out of the rotation. The No. 29 overall pick, also in the 2012 draft was averaging 1.2 points in just under nine minutes per contest this season, while only shooting 16.7 percent from the field.

The assignment, however, is more for development than punishment.

“Marquis is doing great,’’ general manager Gar Forman told the Chicago-Sun Times. “We see an opportunity for him to get some significant time on the floor. We see it as short-lived. He’s still 20 years old, he’s still young. We like Marquis’ potential, but for his development there might be scenarios throughout the season where he gets playing time down there.’’

The Sevens face-off against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Tuesday night, while the Energy’s next game is Friday night against the Erie BayHawks.

UPDATE (12/3, 11:30 p.m):

Mike James has gone down with an apparent knee injury, forcing the Bulls to recall Teague to the team.


D-League Roundup: De Colo and Baynes Shine in Debuts, Tyler Returns, Thomas Called Up

Oct 19, 2013; San Antonio Spurs point guard Nando de Colo shoots over Miami Heat power forward Chris Andersen during the fourth quarter at American Airlines Arena. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

While only three NBA Developmental League games took place on Sunday night, there was certainly a lot to look out for.

Nando De Colo and Aron Bynes made their D-League season debuts after the assignment from the San Antonio Spurs to the Austin Toros. De Colo, 26, appeared in six games for the Spurs, getting just over 9 minutes per game, while averaging 2.7 points 1.7 assists. Bynes, also 26, managed to get into 10 games for San Antonio, averaging 1.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in over 8 minutes per contest.

On Sunday night, De Colo dropped 29 points, dishing out 8 assists and adding 6 steals while Bynes recorded a double-double, scoring 24 points and grabbing down 10 rebounds. The duo helped the Toros pick up their first victory of the season, defeating the Delaware 87ers 114-102.

Coming off an injured foot, Jeremy Tyler made his return to the D-League and his debut with the Erie BayHawks. He appeared rusty, scoring 9 points on 4-of-10 shooting in 29 minutes of play, while turning the ball over 5 times. The BayHawks remain winless at 0-3.

It is possible that Tyler, 22, will be reassigned to the New York Knicks in the near future. They are in need of a capable big-man after former Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler went down with a broken fibula.

Malcolm Thomas has been called up by the Spurs. Thomas, 25, got off to a strong start in his first two games with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, averaging 33.5 points and 15.5 rebounds. The 6-9 small forward has bounced around both the NBA and D-League, spending time with the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls while also playing with the Austin Toros, Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Santa Cruz Warriors.