Nets Assign Ben Uzoh To NBA D-League Affiliate Springfield Armor

The New Jersey Nets have assigned Ben Uzoh to their NBA Development League afilliate Springfield Armor, according to the team's official Twitter account.

Uzoh, a 6-foot-3 guard, has played in 32 games for the Nets this season while putting up averages of 3.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting 41 percent from the field.

Unlike former teammate Terrence Williams' assignment earlier this season, this move seems like it is being embraced from the beginning by the rookie point guard. 

"I think they want to get me playing, just to showcase me and get me better, because I can't get better if I don't have game-like reps," Uzoh said according to Twitter.

His coach seemed to echo that statement.

"We're hoping for him to go down there, play a lot of minutes and just keep getting better," Nets head coach Avery Johnson added.

Unlike the assignment of Williams -- where he was free to get as many minutes as possible while playing on the wing alongside current starters Scottie Reynolds and JamesOn Curry -- it might be a bit more difficult to guarantee that Uzoh averages the 42 minutes per game that Williams did. 

With Uzoh on the road with the Armor, former D-Leaguer Sundiata Gaines' role with New Jersey is a bit more secure. Thus far, the former Idaho Stampede standout is averaging 6.5 points 4.5 assists in 18 minutes of action over the course of four games with the Nets. He's currently on his second 10-day contract.

Uzoh is expected to play the next four games with the Armor which coincides with its current roadtrip to Fort Wayne on Thursday and Saturday before heading down to to Sioux Falls, S.D., to play a Sunday-Tuesday series with the Skyforce. Uzoh's game against the Mad Ants on Saturday night will be broadcast on VERSUS.

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