Dexter Pittman of the Miami Heat in action during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on October 8, 2010 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
Earlier today the Miami Heat recalled rookie center Dexter Pittman from the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Developmental League. He was sent down on November 26th to start the D-League season with the Skyforce. After Pittman had a solid stint playing for the Heat's summer league team, he was sent to the D-League to refine his skills against the next level of talent instead of sitting at the end of the bench in Miami.
After three weeks in South Dakota apparently the Heat coaching staff are pleased with his progress because Pittman is returning to Miami and I have to assume it isn't just to ride the pine. Its probable that Erik Spoelstra will test him during the 4th quarter of games in which the result has already been decided, but after that you have to think that the sky is the limit for this young and talented ‘big guy'.
Pittman started all 8 games he played in for Sioux Falls, averaging 16.6 points on 60% shooting in 30.6 minutes. Add to that 9.0 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.1 assists and you've got a pretty well rounded stat line, though his free throw shooting still needs some work (51.9%). He had 15 or more points in 6 of his 8 games and recorded four double doubles.