Mark Dolejs-US PRESSWIRE
Christmas came early for a couple of D-Leage guards, as both Shelvin Mack and Garrett Temple will officially make their respective returns to the NBA after signing with the Washington Wizards.
The Washington Wizards signed guards Shelvin Mack and Garrett Temple out of the D-League this weekend, seeking help with their backcourt woes. The team is 3-22 on the season, and currently are on a 7 game losing streak.
The guard position has been a major concern for Washington all season long, as starring attraction John Wall has yet to make his 2012-2013 season debut.
Mack has been stuffing the stat sheets for the Maine Red Claws this season, averaging 19.7 points, 5 rebounds, and 7.5 assists per game.
Over the weekend, Mack led the Red Claws to a 109-99 win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants with 27 points, 4 rebounds, and 12 assists too.
Mack has previous experience with the the Wizards, as the squad selected him in the second round of the 2011 NBA draft, but released him before the start of the season.
Temple is no stranger to playing in The Association either. The 26-year-old has nearly two years of NBA experience with 5 different teams. Most recently, he was with the Miami Heat in training camp, but was cut before the beginning of the season.
The LSU product is known as a solid defender who can facilitate an offense quite well. With the Reno Bighorns, he averaged 14.7 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists per contest.
With a 54.7 eFG%, Temple has been shooting better than any other point guard in the D-League.
In a comment to RidiculousUpside.com, Temple said, "I'm definitely thankful for the opportunity. This is the best Christmas gift I could ask for. It was all God's doing."