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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder dominated Rockets, but didn't get sweep

The Thunder led Houston by at least 14 points in all three regular-season games, but the Rockets still managed one victory.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: April 19, 2013

In future drafts, OKC owns Toronto's first-round pick if it falls between Nos. 3-14 in the 2013-14 drafts; between Nos. 2-14 in the 2016-17 drafts; and the Raptors' pick is unprotected in the 2018 Draft.

The 2013 draft order for non-lottery teams is as follows; 15. Milwaukee; 16. Boston; 17. Atlanta; 18. Houston (to Atlanta via Brooklyn); 19. LA Lakers (to Cleveland); 20. Chicago; 21. Golden State (to Utah via Brooklyn); 22. Brooklyn; 23. Indiana; 24. New York; 25. LA Clippers; 26. Memphis (to Minnesota via Houston); 27. Denver; 28. San Antonio; 29. OKC; 30. Miami (to Phoenix via LA Lakers and Cleveland).

TOTAL RECALL

Forward Perry Jones III and guards Jeremy Lamb and DeAndre Liggins on Friday were assigned to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, two days after playing career-high minutes in the Thunder's season-ending loss at home to Milwaukee.

All three players were expected to be in uniform Friday night when the 66ers hosted the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in Game 1 of the playoff semifinal at SpiritBank Event Center in Bixby.

BUTLER HONORED

Tulsa 66ers forward Rasual Butler was named 2013 D-League Impact Player of the Year, as voted on by the league's 16 head coaches.

Awarded to a player who joined a D-League team's roster after Dec. 6, the Impact Player is an athlete who made the greatest contribution following his in-season acquisition.

A 10-year NBA veteran, Butler joined the 66ers on Jan. 16 when the team held a 9-10 mark. The 66ers went 18-13 with Butler, securing the No. 7 seed in this year's playoffs.

In 31 games (23 starts) with Tulsa, Butler averaged 17.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.4 blocks and 32.7 minutes.

Butler has played in 637 career NBA games, averaging 8.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 23.4 points. He was with the New Orleans Hornets when they relocated to OKC in 2005-07 after Hurricane Katrina and most recently played for the Toronto Raptors last season.

Butler averaged 18.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 29.3 minutes in the first round of the D-League playoffs as the 66ers defeated the Canton Charge to advance to the second round.

BY JOHN ROHDE


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