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Ajinca Nearly Wins D-League Performer of the Week Award

On assignment from the Bobcats to the Maine Red Claws, Alexis Ajinca has been dominant at times. Lately, he’s been really good, but not good enough to earn him NBA D-League Performer of the Week. Last week, Ajinca averaged 20.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in four games. Don’t you wish he was a member of the Celtics?

ERIE’S MIKE GANSEY NAMED NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK

NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2010 – The Erie BayHawks’ Mike Gansey was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played during the Week of Jan. 25, 2010.

Gansey, who was traded to Erie on Dec. 31, 2009 from the Idaho Stampede, led Erie to a 2-1 record last week, including two road victories over the Springfield Armor. He scored a season-high 27 points in 48 minutes on Jan. 30 at Springfield’s MassMutual Center.

The 6-4 guard out of West Virginia averaged 24.3 points, on 51 percent shooting(11-of-23) from the field, to go with 7.3 rebounds 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals. He scored more than 20 points in all three contests.

Other top performers last week included Maine’s Alexis Ajinca, who averaged 20,5 points and 8.0 rebounds in four games on assignment from the Charlotte Bobcats to the Red Claws; Austin’s Malik Hairston, who averaged 26.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in two games for the Toros on assignment from the San Antonio Spurs; Rio Grande Valley’s Mike Harris, who averaged 23.3 points and 13.0 rebounds in three games for the Vipers; Sioux Falls’ Alexander Johnson, who averaged 22.7 points and 11.0 rebounds for the Skyforce; Albuquerque’s Carlos Powell, who averaged 26.0 points and 5.5 assists in two games for the Thunderbirds; Tulsa’s Mustafa Shakur, who averaged 14.0 points and 11.0 assists in three games for the 66ers; and Idaho’s Donell Taylor, who averaged 24.3 points and 8.3 assists in three games for the Stampede.

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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