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Mario West Called Up to Atlanta Hawks

Maine Red Claws guard Mario West earned a call-up this week to the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. It’s not like the Hawks need the help, considering they have dominated the Celtics this season. They have three straight wins against the Celts this season.

West Earns 2009-10 NBA D-League Season’s Sixth GATORADE Call-Up

NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2010 – The Atlanta Hawks today signed Mario West of the Maine Red Claws. West who is the sixth GATORADE Call-Up of the 2009-10 NBA Development League Season, and the first Red Claws player to earn a Call-Up, joins 65 other NBA players with NBA D-League experience.

West has appeared in 11 games for Maine this season, six as a starter, and is averaging 13.7 points, 4.1 assists and 2.9 rebounds. He has scored in double figures on eight occasions, recording a season-high 19 points twice, both victories over the Springfield Armor.

West returns to Atlanta following a two-year stint with the team (2007-09), most recently appearing in five games for the Hawks during the 2009 preseason when he scored 11 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. In 117 career games during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 campaigns with the Hawks he has amassed 102 points and 104 rebounds.

The 2007 State Farm College Slam Dunk Contest Winner, West was a four-year contributor at Georgia Tech, and averaged 4.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 steals in 32 games during his senior season, when he captained the squad. He was also a participant in the 2007 ESPN College Slam Dunk Championships.

West is expected to join the Hawks this afternoon and be available tomorrow night when the team hosts the Washington Wizards.

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/futurecast.

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