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Maine's Wright takes weekly honors

(Courtesy of National Basketball Development League)

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Chris Wright of the Maine Red Claws was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Feb. 24 - March 3.

Wright (6-8, 225, Dayton) averaged 23.0 points on 19-of-35 shooting from the field to go with 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals as the Red Claws went 2-0 on the week. Wright has posted 11 rebounds in three consecutive games. On March 3, with 2.3 seconds remaining, Wright came up with a block on Erik Daniels to secure a 102-101 victory over the Erie BayHawks. The back-to-back wins over the BayHawks have pushed the Red Claws into a virtual tie for the eighth and final playoff spot with just over a month to play.

A 2013 NBA D-League All-Star, Wright is averaging 18.2 points, 9.6 rebounds and 35.4 minutes in 28 games for the Red Claws. This is the second time Wright has received Player of the Week honors this season.

Other top performers considered include Austin's JaMychal Green, Bakersfield's Mike Scott, Canton's Kyle Gibson, Erie's D.J. Kennedy, Fort Wayne's Ron Howard, Idaho's Justin Holiday, Iowa's Paul Harris, Los Angeles' Courtney Fortson, Reno's Samardo Samuels, Rio Grande Valley's Andrew Goudelock, Santa Cruz's Cameron Jones, Sioux Falls' James Mays, Springfield's Tornike Shengelia, Texas' Justin Dentmon and Tulsa's Jeremy Lamb on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The NBA Development League is the NBA's official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league's research and development laboratory. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the league offers professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Twenty percent of players in the NBA at the start of the 2012-13 season boasted NBA D- League experience. 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.

03/05 12:15:15 ET