Forward Stephen Graham, a former Sioux Falls Skyforce player, is already playing a significant role on an NBA team. In the season opener for the Indiana Pacers, Graham played 29 minutes, recording 5 points and 4 rebounds off the bench in a loss to the Boston Celtics.
In the 2006-07 season, Graham played 32 games with the Skyforce and was 12th in the league in scoring (18.0 ppg) - tallying double-digit points in 31 of those 32 games. During that stretch, he recorded a career high 43 points on March 31st, 2007.
Coming out of Oklahoma State University, Graham built his reputation on racking up points in bunches. Now he finds himself with a shot at making an NBA career out of his scoring prowess.
Ironically, the Pacers face off against the Miami Heat tonight in their second game of the season. And of course the Sioux Falls Skyforce are the D-League affiliate of the Heat. That means Miami will get a first-hand look at the player that developed in their very own backyard.
Not literally their backyard though, Sioux Falls, North Dakota is not a hop, skip and a jump away from Miami, Florida.
More NBA Impact from Former Skyforce Players
- Amir Johnson is getting minutes off the bench with the Toronto Raptors early in the season. He played for 6 minutes on October 28th a the victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
- Alexis Ajinca made the Charlotte Bobcats roster once again and is also playing a role off the bench. Ajinca played 9 minutes in Charlotte's season-opener as they lost to the Boston Celtics .
Amir Johnson (left) and Alexis Ajinca (right)