Jazz Assigns Kevin Murphy to D-League’s Reno Bighorns

Guard expected to be in uniform for Bighorns’ season opener on November 30.
by Bill Lea

SALT LAKE CITY (November 26, 2012) – Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey announced today that the team has assigned rookie guard Kevin Murphy to its NBA Development League (D-League) affiliate, the Reno Bighorns. He is expected to be in uniform for the BigHorns’ season opener against the Santa Cruz Warriors on November 30 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nev.

Selected by the Jazz in the second round (47th overall selection) of the 2012 NBA Draft, the 6-6, 185-pound Murphy played four seasons at Tennessee Tech, where he averaged 15.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Murphy averaged 20.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists as a senior and finished his career as the Golden Eagles’ second all-time leading scorer (2,019 points).

Murphy becomes the sixth player in Jazz history to be assigned to the D-League, and the first since current Jazz teammate Jeremy Evans was in March 2011.

Jazz fans can watch Murphy and all the Bighorns games on the NBA D-League YouTube channel and through a YouTube video player on NBA.com/dleague.

The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent as 20 percent of players on 2012-13 NBA opening-day rosters have NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. The league consists of the Austin Toros (Texas), Bakersfield Jam (Calif.), Canton Charge (Ohio), Erie BayHawks (Pa.), Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Ind.), Idaho Stampede (Boise), Iowa Energy (Des Moines), Los Angeles D-Fenders (Calif.), Maine Red Claws (Portland), Reno Bighorns (Nev.), Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Texas), Sioux Falls Skyforce (S.D.), Santa Cruz Warriors (Calif.), Springfield Armor (Mass.), Texas Legends (Frisco) and Tulsa 66ers (Okla.).