March has been good for Bell-Holter in NBA D-League

March 29, 2014

Damen Bell HoltereHydaburg’s Damen Bell-Holter is on quite a roll in the NBA D-League and having his best month with the Maine Red Claws.

The 6-foot-9 rookie forward is averaging 12.2 points and 8.2 rebounds over his last five games, well above his 8.3 and 4.8 averages in 44 games this season.

In 10 games this month, he has started six of them and averaged 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds. His shooting percentage is .506 in March, up from his .468 FG% on the season.

What’s been his secret?

“I’ve just focused on being really efficient and getting better and that’s what I’ve done,” he told me. “I just gotta keep improving and showing my versatility.”

Bell-Holter, of Ketchikan High fame, has been sharing time at power forward with former NBA player Daniel Orton out of Kentucky. Maine typically plays three guards, a forward and a center.

“I’ve just been playing. Every time I’m given an opportunity I take advantage,” he said. “I understand I’m playing behind a player that’s been in the league, but the 4 is my natural position so I just wait.”