NEW YORK – Phil Pressey of the Santa Cruz Warriors today was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, March 6 through Sunday, March 12.
Pressey (5-11, Missouri) led Santa Cruz to a 3-0 week, averaging 24.3 points (on 51.9 percent shooting), 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. On March 8, he tallied 28 points, 11 assists and six steals in a 128-122 victory over Raptors 905. He followed that up with a 26-point effort, including six three-pointers, in a 144-123 win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on March 10. The three wins extended Santa Cruz’s winning streak to six games as the Warriors gained control of the fourth wild card position in the Western Conference.
For the season, Pressey is averaging 18.7 points, 8.1 assists 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals. He last appeared in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2015-16 season.
Other top performers considered included Canton’s Eric Moreland and John Holland, Delaware’s Russ Smith, Fort Wayne’s Alex Poythress, Northern Arizona’s Elijah Millsap, Oklahoma City’s Reggie Williams, Raptors 905’s Axel Toupane, Rio Grande Valley’s Darius Morris, Sioux Falls’ Keith Benson, Texas’ Jameel Warney and Windy City’s Jarell Eddie.
About the NBA Development League
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 22 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2016-17 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 38 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2015-16 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. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.