Dave Loveton – 7/17/2007
Ex-NBA players Toby Bailey and Lamond Murray, the top two scorers for the Santa Barbara Breakers in the 2007 International Basketball League, completed a solid 10-day stint in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League last weekend. Murray, 34, averaged 9.0 points and 6.0 rebounds for the Denver Nuggets while Bailey averaged 13.6 points and 4.6 for the Golden State Warriors. Both teams went 3-2 in the 10-day competition at UNLV.
Murray, a 6-7 forward who led the Breakers (17-6) in scoring at 27.6 points, spent 11 seasons in the NBA after being the No. 7 overall pick of the L.A. Clippers in 1994. He shot 44 percent from the field in Las Vegas and played 21.8 minutes per game, second-highest on the Nuggets. Bailey, a 6-6 ex-UCLA star who won two championships in Europe over the last seven seasons, made nearly 48 percent of his field goals, including an impressive 65 percent on 3-pointers (13-20) while playing 25 minutes per game.
Bailey and Fred Vinson shared the Breakers’ MVP award. Bailey averaged 24.8 points, nearly eight rebounds and 5.9 assists in 20 appearances for Santa Barbara, which made its debut in the IBL this year. Vinson, a former NBA guard, averaged 19 points and had a blazing season from the 3-point line, setting an IBL record with 15 triples in one game. He set the Breakers’ scoring record with 56 points in an overtime win over the Eugene Chargers and finished with 97 3-pointers, the second-highest total in the 22-team pro league.
Trayvon Lathan was named Rookie of the Year for the Breakers, Murray garnered the Best Offensive award and Allan Purnell was the Best Defensive. Billy Knight earned the Sixth Man award for the Breakers, who finished second in the IBL West Conference.