The Sacramento Kings have assigned center Hassan Whiteside and rookie forward Tyler Honeycutt to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League, President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie announced today.
Whiteside has not appeared in a game this season. Honeycutt recorded two points (2-2 FT) and one rebound in four minutes off the bench versus New York (12/31). Honeycutt becomes the third Kings player to be assigned to the D-League (Donté Greene in 2008-09, Hassan Whiteside last season).
Whiteside, a 7-0, 235-pound center, appeared in one game last season, playing two minutes against the Timberwolves on October 27, 2010. He was assigned to the Bighorns on November 29, 2010 and was recalled on January 9, 2011. While with the Bighorns, Whiteside averaged 4.4 points (.509 FG%, .412 FT%), 2.7 rebounds, 2.14 blocks, and 10.5 minutes per game in 14 games (started 3). Whiteside was selected by Sacramento as a freshman out of Marshall in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft.
Honeycutt, a 6-8, 188-pound forward, was selected by the Kings as a sophomore out of UCLA in the second round (35th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft. He averaged 10.3 points (.431 FG%, .359 3pt%, .684 FT%), 6.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.7 blocks, and 31.7 minutes per game in 59 career games for the Bruins.