Bakersfield's Byars takes weekly honors
(Courtesy of National Basketball Development League)
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Derrick Byars of the Bakersfield Jam was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played during the week of Jan. 31.
Byars, a 6-7, 220-pound guard/forward out of Vanderbilt who was drafted in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft and has been in camp with the Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls, led Bakersfield to a 2-0 record on the week, averaging 30.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals.
After scoring 18 points in the Jam's 124-110 win over Springfield on Friday, Byars shot 16-of-23 from the field, including 6-of-11 from three-point range, to score 43 points in Bakersfield's 128-99 victory over the Armor on Saturday.
This week's honorable mention selections were Bakersfield's Willie Warren, who, on assignment from the Los Angeles Clippers, averaged 23.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists in two games; Dakota's Mike Anderson, who averaged 21.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in two games; Erie's Blake Ahearn, who averaged 24.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists, and Tasmin Mitchell, who averaged 27.0 points and 8.0 rebounds, in two games; Fort Wayne's Walker Russell, who averaged 26.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists in three games; Iowa's Curtis Stinson, who averaged 14.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 13.0 assists in four games; Maine's Avery Bradley, who, on assignment from the Boston Celtics, averaged 23.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.5 steals in two games; New Mexico's Josh Bostic, who averaged 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in four games; Reno's Steve Novak, who averaged 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in two games; Rio Grande Valley's Jeff Adrien, who averaged 19.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals in four games; Springfield's Craig Brackins, who, on assignment from the Philadelphia 76ers, averaged 24.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in three games; Texas' Joe Alexander, who averaged 22.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists in four games; Tulsa's Byron Mullens, who, on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder, averaged 19.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in two games; and Utah's Ronald Dupree, who averaged 21.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists in three games.
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