Wednesday, November 29, 2006
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Gwinnett Daily Post
The Philadelphia 76ers announced on Tuesday that they have assigned South Gwinnett grad Louis Williams to the Fort Wayne Flyers of the NBA Developmental League.
Williams, the leading prep scorer in Georgia history, is in his second year as a pro after being selected by the 76ers in the second round (the 45th pick) of the 2005 NBA Draft.
So far this season, the 6-foot-1 guard has played in just five of the team's 14 games. He has logged a grand total of 15 minutes, scoring two points.
Last year as a rookie, Williams played in 25 games for the Sixers, averaging 1.7 points per contest.
The D-league is akin to a minor league franchise in Major League Baseball, but with one large exception.
The teams in the league have no affiliations with NBA franchises, meaning Williams won't be playing solely with other 76ers. Along with the 76ers, the Flyers are also the D-League affiliate of the Mavericks and Bobcats.
The three-time Daily Post Player of the Year, who was sent to Fort Worth along with Philadelphia rookie Bobby Jones, is still the property of the 76ers and can be called back to rejoin the club at any time.
"This is a perfect time for Louis and Bobby to go to the NBA Developmental League," said 76ers Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations Tony DiLeo in a release on the team's Web site. "It is the start of the season where they can gain valuable playing time and also apply the things that they have learned with us. The experience will benefit their individual development and help the organization in the long run."