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Dakota's Maurice Baker called up to Los Angeles Clippers

February 22, 2005 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) News Release

Boise, ID (February 22, 2005) — Dakota Wizards guard Maurice Baker has signed with the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, it was announced Tuesday by the Continental Basketball Association League Office and the Clippers front office. The signing marks the ninth CBA-to-NBA call-up of the 2004-05 season, and is the second by a Dakota Wizards player (Billy Thomas – New Jersey Nets – 1/21/05).

Baker posted 16.9 points, 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game in 30 games played (20 started) for the Wizards. He also added 1.8 steals per game while shooting 50.7 percent (181 of 357) from the floor, 83.0 percent (117 of 141) from the free-throw line, and 42.0 percent (29 of 69) from behind the three-point line.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound guard posted his best all-around game of 28 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds against the Idaho Stampede on January 5. He notched season-highs of 29 points against the Yakima Sun Kings on January 16, and 14 assists against the Sioux Falls Skyforce on January 14.

The Oklahoma State University alum (’02) was a member of the Phoenix Suns Summer League Team in 2002, and was later invited to the Suns training camp that fall.

Baker is filling a roster spot left open after the Clippers placed guard Shaun Livingston on the injured list with torn cartilage in his right shoulder.

2004-05 CBA-to-NBA Call-Ups

(Season total = 9)

Date Player CBA Team NBA Team

11/24/04 Britton Johnsen Idaho Stampede Indiana Pacers

12/4/04 Corsley Edwards Sioux Falls Skyforce New Orleans Hornets

12/8/04 Kaniel Dickens Idaho Stampede New Jersey Nets

12/12/04 Lonny Baxter Yakima Sun Kings New Orleans Hornets

1/4/05 Darrick Martin Michigan Mayhem Los Angeles Clippers

1/10/05 John Thomas Sioux Falls Skyforce Minnesota Timberwolves

1/21/05 Billy Thomas Dakota Wizards New Jersey Nets

2/1/05 Donnell Harvey Sioux Falls Skyforce New Jersey Nets

2/22/05 Maurice Baker Dakota Wizards Los Angeles Clippers


Total roster spots held by former CBA players on 2004-05 NBA regular season rosters: 55

Total number of former CBA players on 2004-05 NBA rosters during the regular season: 49

Total roster spots held by former CBA players on 2004-05 NBA opening night rosters: 38

Total number of former CBA players on 2004-05 NBA training camp rosters: 65

Atlanta (0): (Anthony “Pig” Miller)

Boston (1): Mark Blount

Chicago (1): Adrian Griffin

Cleveland (2): Jeff McInnis, Ira Newble

Dallas (1): Darrel Armstrong

Denver (4): Earl Boykins, Greg Buckner, Voshon Lenard, Mark Pope

Detroit (1): Anthony Goldwire, (William “Smush” Parker)

Golden State (0): (Ansu Sesay)

Houston (1): David Wesley

Indiana (3): Michael Curry, Eddie Gill, Stephen Jackson, (Tremaine Fowlkes),

(Britton Johnsen)

L.A. Clippers (3): Rick Brunson, Mikki Moore, Maurice Baker, (Darrick Martin)

L.A. Lakers (1): Chucky Atkins

Miami (1): Damon Jones

Milwaukee (2): Zendon Hamilton, Mike James, (Anthony Goldwire)

Minnesota (3): Anthony Carter, Troy Hudson, John Thomas

New Jersey (2): Rodney Buford, Billy Thomas, (Kaniel Dickens),

(Aaron Williams), (Donnell Harvey)

New Orleans (3): Junior Harrington, Lee Nailon, Corsley Edwards, (Lonny Baxter),

(Darrell Armstrong), (David Wesley)

New York (2): Moochie Norris, Bruno Sundov

Philadelphia (2): Josh Davis, Kevin Ollie

Phoenix (2): William “Smush” Parker, Paul Shirley

San Antonio (2): Bruce Bowen, Linton Johnson

Toronto (2): Rafer Alston, Aaron Williams

Utah (2): Raja Bell, Keith McLeod

( ) Indicates player was waived or traded during the regular season

Indicates 2003-04 CBA player, or 2004-05 CBA-to-NBA call-up

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