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Pistons Assign Blalock and Johnson to Skyforce

February 27, 2007 - NBA G League (G League) News Release

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., February 27, 2007 - The Detroit Pistons announced today that they have assigned guard Will Blalock and reassigned forward Amir Johnson to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

There have been 20 NBA players assigned to D-League affiliates this season. Twenty-six (26) NBA teams have taken advantage of the assignment system by designating 49 players to D-League affiliates since the start of the 2005-06 season.

Blalock, a rookie guard from Iowa State, has appeared in 13 games this season averaging 1.8 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 12.5 minutes per game. He scored a season-high five points in 18 minutes at Philadelphia (1/9). Drafted 60th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft, Blalock begins his first-stint in the NBA Development League.

Johnson, a second-year forward, appeared in four games this season averaging 1.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.3 minutes. He played in three games for the Pistons last season averaging 6.7 points and scored a career-high 18 points at Milwaukee (4/17/06).

Drafted 56th by the Pistons in the 2005 NBA Draft as an early entry from Westchester HS in Los Angeles, Johnson averaged 17.6 points and 7.2 rebounds in six games with Sioux Falls during an earlier NBA D-League assignment this season.

Five NBA players (bold below) are currently active in the D-League. Following is the complete list of assigned players during 2006-07 and their current status:

Player NBA Team NBA D-League Team / status

Ryan Hollins Charlotte Bobcats Fort Worth Flyers / recalled by Bobcats

Bobby Jones Philadelphia 76ers Fort Worth Flyers / recalled by 76ers

Louis Williams Philadelphia 76ers Fort Worth Flyers / recalled by 76ers

Julius Hodge Denver Nuggets Colorado 14ers / recalled by Nuggets

Pops Mensah-Bonsu Dallas Mavericks Fort Worth Flyers / recalled by Mavericks

Martynas Andriuskevicius Chicago Bulls Dakota Wizards / recalled by Bulls

James White San Antonio Spurs Austin Toros / recalled by Spurs

Maurice Ager Dallas Mavericks Fort Worth Flyers / recalled by Mavericks

Patrick O'Bryant Golden State Warriors Bakersfield Jam / recalled by Warriors

P.J. Tucker Toronto Raptors Colorado 14ers / recalled by Raptors

Amir Johnson Detroit Pistons Sioux Falls Skyforce

Marcus Vinicius NOK Hornets Tulsa 66ers / recalled by Hornets

James Augustine Orlando Magic Anaheim Arsenal / recalled by Magic

Mouhamed Sene Seattle Sonics Idaho Stampede / recalled by Sonics

C.J. Miles Utah Jazz Idaho Stampede / recalled by Jazz

Jose Barea Dallas Mavericks Fort Worth Flyers / recalled by Mavericks

Damir Markota Milwaukee Bucks Tulsa 66ers

Allan Ray Boston Celtics Austin Toros

Mile Ilic New Jersey Nets Colorado 14ers

Will Blalock Detroit Pistons Sioux Falls Skyforce

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