Updated: April 25th, 2014 9:36am
Wolves' late-season call-up Othyus Jeffers named D-League's co-MVP

Wolves' late-season call-up Othyus Jeffers named D-League's co-MVP

by Nate Sandell
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Before he signed on with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the final six games of the season, guard Othyus Jeffers put together a standout year for the NBA D-League's Iowa Energy.

As a result, Jeffers was named the D-League's co-MVP, along with Fort Wayne's Ron Howard.

Jeffers, a 28-year-old pro journeyman, averaged 20.9 points and 9.9 rebounds in 44 games for the Energy.

Jeffers played on the Wolves' Summer League team and earned a spot on the training camp roster. However, he was cut just before the start of the season.

Jeffers signed a 10-day contract in January with the San Antonio Spurs, playing in three games. Less than two weeks from the end of the season, the Wolves were facing an injury-depleted roster. They opted to sign Jeffers for the final nine days of the season. He appeared in two of the Wolves' last six games (two points, 13 minutes).

When he returned to the Wolves, Jeffers said he hoped his latest NBA stint would be enough to earn a roster spot in the league next season.

While it could help get him another Summer League/training camp invite with a team, earning D-League MVP honors has rarely led to a future in the NBA. In the last eight seasons, no player who has won the award has gone on to play in the NBA the following season beyond a 10-day contract. Matt Carroll was the last D-League MVP winner (2004-05) to sign a full NBA contract (Charlotte Bobcats).

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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