NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2016 – Keith Benson of the Sioux Falls Skyforce today was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 11.
Benson (6-11, Oakland) led Sioux Falls to a 3-1 week, averaging 18.5 points on 57.4 percent shooting to go with 13.3 rebounds (third in the league) and a league-best 4.3 blocks. He registered a point-rebound double-double in each of his four games. On Dec. 5, he tallied a season-high 25 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks in a 124-116 victory over the Long Island Nets. On Dec. 9, he scored 19 points to go with 13 rebounds and a season-high six blocks in a 101-81 loss to the Raptors 905.
Benson is averaging 17.8 points, 11.0 rebounds (second in the league) and a league-best 3.5 blocks this season. He was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round (48th overall) in the 2011 NBA Draft and signed a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors during the 2011-12 season, appearing in three games. This marks his fourth NBA D-League season and third with Sioux Falls. In 2015-16, Benson was named to the NBA D-League All-Star game and helped Sioux Falls capture the NBA D-League Championship.
Other top performers considered included Fort Wayne’s Trey McKinney-Jones, Maine’s Jalen Jones, Northern Arizona’s Elijah Millsap, Oklahoma City’s Dakari Johnson, Reno’s Lamar Patterson, Rio Grande Valley’s Darius Morris, Texas’ Pierre Jackson and Windy City’s Aaron Thomas.