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Red Claws Center Alexis Ajinca Nearly Wins Weekly Award

Red Claws center Alexis Ajinca nearly took home the NBA Development League’s Performer of the Week honors for games played during the week of Dec. 28. Ajinca averaged 17.5 points and 11.5 rebounds as he continues to improve with increased playing time.

Unfortunately for the Celtics, Ajinca will not be apart of their future, as he is currently on assignment to the Red Claws from Charlotte.

RIO GRANDE VALLEY’S ANTONIO ANDERSON NAMED NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK

NEW YORK, Jan. 4, 2010 – Antonio Anderson of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played during the Week of Dec. 28.

Anderson led Rio Grande Valley to a 2-0 record last week, including a home victory over the Austin Toros and a road win against the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Anderson averaged 26.5 points, shooting 62 percent (19-of-31) from the field last week, to go with 7.1 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.0 rebounds. The guard out of Memphis scored 27 points on Dec. 30 against the Toros before scoring 26 in the Vipers’ first game of the New Year on Jan. 3 at Los Angeles.

Other top performers last week included Maine’s Alexis Ajinca, who averaged 17.5 points and 11.5 rebounds on assignment from the Charlotte Bobcats to the Red Claws; Idaho’s Sundiata Gaines, who averaged 23.0 points and 4.6 assists for the Stampede; Utah’s Dontell Jefferson, who averaged 18.7 points and 6.3 assists for the Flash; and Reno’s Russell Robinson, who averaged 23.0 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Bighorns.

The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2009-10 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/dleague.

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