Marcus Williams of the Austin Toros has been named NBA D-League Performer of the Week for games played during the week of Feb. 23, 2009. Williams, who earned the honor once during the 2007-08 season, joins Malik Hairston as Toros players to earn the honor this season.
Williams led Austin to a 3-0 record this week, averaging 26.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists. He scored 30 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Saturday’s win over Tulsa, which was Austin’s seventh win in its last eight games.
A 6-7 forward from Arizona, Williams is in his second season with the Toros. Last season, he earned Third Team All-NBA D-League honors and received GATORADE Call-Ups from the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers. He ranks fifth in the NBA D-League with 22.2 points per game and has led Austin to a league-best 25-9 record.
Other top performers last week included Tulsa’s Keith Clark, who averaged 23.5 points and 12.0 rebounds in two games for the 66ers; Fort Wayne’s Ron Howard, who averaged 26.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in three games for the Mad Ants; Albuquerque’s Jasper Johnson, who averaged 28.3 points and 10.8 rebounds in four games for the Thunderbirds; Iowa’s Demetris Nichols, who averaged 26.0 points in two games for the Energy; Sioux Falls’ Frank Williams, who averaged 32.0 points while making 15 three-pointers in two wins for the Skyforce; and Rio Grande Valley’s Jawad Williams, who averaged 26.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in three games for the Vipers.