AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Spencer Dinwiddie and Darrun Hilliard are making the trip back to West Michigan and will be in uniform today as the Grand Rapids Drive welcome the Fort Wayne Mad Ants to the DeltaPlex Arena at 4pm. The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has assigned the guards to the team’s NBA Development League (D-League) affiliate here in Beer City, USA. The Mad Ants are the NBADL affiliate team of the Indiana Pacers, who lost in Detroit last night to the Pistons.
While playing in the NBA, Dinwiddie has played in nine games for Detroit this season averaging 4.4 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 12.3 minutes per game. Hilliard, Detroit’s second-round pick out of Villanova, has appeared in seven games, averaging 3.0 points and 0.9 rebounds in 6.5 minutes per game.
Each player has played with the Drive this season, playing in Ontario against Raptors 905 on December 5th, but today will be the first games at home for the Drive for the duo. Dinwiddie recorded four points, seven assists, four steals, three rebounds and one block in 28 minutes. Hilliard recorded a team-high 31 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists in 29 minutes.
The assignments are the 95th and 96th of the 2015-16 campaign and the pair are two of 42 NBA players to be assigned to the NBA D-League this season.
Dinwiddie will wear jersey number 6 while Hilliard will wear jersey number 8 for todays match-up.
Coach Otis Smith has seen his rotation change over the last couple of weeks with the additions of Dahntay Jones and Branden Dawson amid the loss of Adonis Thomas(surgery/waived). This influx of more NBA talent to the lineup is a welcome site for a team looking to get back to .500 overall.