Tim Ohlbrecht has found his groove.
Ohlbrecht led the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to a 125-113 win over the Tulsa 66ers with a double-double 28 points and 13 rebounds and now over his last 9 games, the 6-foot-10 center is averaging 18 points, 8.7 rebounds, shooting 57.5% FG and 8-17 3-pt in 27.4 minutes per game.
Afterward defeating Tulsa, RGV head coach Nevada Smith shared his thoughts on the win and Ohlbrecht's season-high performance.
Gino Pilato of D-League Digest recently spoke with Tim Ohlbrecht, to discuss his season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and if he is the "league's best under the radar big".
Currently the only member left from last season’s NBA D-League championship squad, [Tim] Ohlbrecht brings a certain level of experience to this year’s team.
“I’m really happy to have my role, I’m a captain for the team. Of course, I have a lot of experience not only in the D-League, but also as a professional player for eight years. If the other guys have questions either on or off the court, I try to help them.”
Obviously, a guy with Ohlbrecht’s track record is almost a rarity in the NBADL, so why would he want to come back to the NBADL? Ohlbrecht touched on the reason for his return,
“I had so much positive feedback from NBA personnel after last season and from training camp. I’m in my mid-20′s now so I figured why not? We discussed all of my offers and figured that if it doesn’t work out, I’ll have some other options. I’m glad I’m here though.”
Read the full story here at D-League Digest
Tim Ohlbrecht made the most of his playing time on Day 4 at the NBA D-League Showcase as the Rio Grande Valley Vipers faced the Maine Red Claws on Wednesday afternoon in Reno, Nevada.
Ohlbrecht finished with 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-4 FT), 4 rebounds (3 offensive), 4 assists and 1 steal in 25 minutes (9 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound (+15) in roughly 18 minutes in the first half) in the Vipers 126-106 win over the Red Claws, where the 6-foot-11, 255 lbs. power forward/center from Germany displayed a wide-range of ability throughout the game.
"Tim is a good post player. You saw him attacking the hoop, but is a very good passer too," said Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey, who was on-hand and interviewed on NBA TV at halftime. "I think he is someone that will get a call-up in the future from somebody."
Last season, Ohlbrecht earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the Rockets on Feb. 25, thanks to his performance at the NBA D-League Showcase and the 2013 D-League All-Star Game, as the versatile big man scored 12 points on 6-of-9 FG and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds for the Prospects team in a 139-125 win over the Futures squad. Upon receiving his promotion to the Rockets, Ohlbrecht led the D-League in field goal percentage (.605, 164-of-271) with the Vipers and returned to the team at the end of last season to help the franchise capture their 2013 D-League Championship.
Now back in the D-League after a stint with Houston and training camp this season with the Philadelphia 76ers, Ohlbrecht is averaging 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 13 games played with 2 starts, while shooting 47% from the field and 73% from the free-throw line this season with Rio Grande.
Tim Ohlbrecht and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers are back in action at the D-League Showcase on Thursday (3:45 EST on NBA TV) against the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Articles and News Stories featuring Our Team.