D-League MVP Candidates

by Matthew Brennan, D-League.com

There is less than a month remaining in the 2006-07 D-League regular season, so it's about that time to discuss who are the main candidates for the D-League MVP Award. Thirteen of the top candidates are listed and we will be keeping an eye on their performance down the stretch.

The players listed have all played in over 30 D-League games this season, so a few of the league's standout performers who joined their teams halfway through the season or have come and gone on NBA assignments or GATORADE Call-Ups will not be included. For a means of comparison, last season's MVP, Marcus Fizer, averaged 22.7 points and 7.8 rebounds in 35 games for the Austin Toros.

Denham Brown, Tulsa 66ers
Denham Brown has enjoyed a solid first season to his professional career with Tulsa. He leads the 66ers and is ranked eighth in the D-League with 18.5 points, and checks in fifth in three-point field goal percentage at .431 (31-72).

Elton Brown, Colorado 14ers
Elton Brown has been one of the league's best forwards this season. He is one of only three players ranked in the top ten in both scoring (9th, 17.8) and rebounding (2nd, 9.4) while starting all 43 games for one of the league's best teams.

Brian Chase, Los Angeles D-Fenders
Brian Chase has been a mainstay for the D-Fenders at the guard position this season. He has started 37 games, averaging 15.8 points and 4.0 rebounds. Chase has also been one of the league's most accurate three-point field goal shooters, ranking fourth with a .435 percentage.

Will Conroy, Tulsa 66ers
Will Conroy has been one of the best all-around players in the D-League this season. In between two GATORADE Call-Ups, Conroy has led the D-League with 10.9 assists while averaging 15.0 points and 5.2 rebounds. He has also recorded a league-high three triple doubles.

BJ Elder, Austin Toros
BJ Elder has been the main source of offense for the Austin Toros throughout this season. The shooting guard from Georgia Tech is averaging 20.2 points, second in the D-League, and has an outside shot of setting a new D-League record for points scored in a season.

Quemont Greer, Dakota Wizards
Quemont Greer has been a big part of the Wizards' success this season. The swingman ranks 15th in the D-League with 16.7 points and also has an All-Star Game appearanace and two D-League Performer of the Week honors to his credit. He also ranks second on Dakota with 6.3 rebounds per game.

Randy Livingston, Idaho Stampede
Randy Livingston has been the heart and soul of the Idaho Stampede as they have marched to a league-best 28-13 record. The veteran point guard has started 39 games and is averaging a double-double with 11.8 points and 10.3 assists. Livingston, who is second in the D-League in assists, has also recorded two triple-doubles this season.

Renaldo Major, Dakota Wizards
Renaldo Major has led the Wizards in scoring this season in between a GATORADE Call-Up to the Golden State Warriors. The 6-8 forward is averaging 17.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 34 games for the Wizards, who are in contention for the Eastern Division title.

Kevinn Pinkney, Bakersfield Jam
Kevinn Pinkney is the only D-League player in the top eight in both scoring and rebounding. He is averaging 18.6 points and 7.3 rebounds while starting all 43 games this season for the Jam. He is also the only member of the Jam to be named D-League Performer of the Week this season.

Clay Tucker, Arkansas RimRockers
Clay Tucker made history earlier this month when he scored a D-League record 51 points in one game. Despite the RimRockers' struggles, Tucker has had an outstanding season, averaging 18.9 points (6th in the D-League) and 5.2 assists (5th in the D-League). He is also tied for the league lead in steals, averaging 2.0 per game, and is averaging a league-high 39.5 minutes per game.

Von Wafer, Colorado 14ers
Von Wafer has been the leading scorer for one of the D-League's best teams in Colorado. The 6-5 guard led the league for much of the season and is currently in third place with 20.0 points per game while ranking second with a .449 three-point field goal percentage. Wafer, who received a GATORADE Call-Uo to the Clippers in late February, has started 37 games for the 14ers this season.

Frank Williams, Sioux Falls Skyforce
Frank Williams has been a constant at the guard position for the Skyforce this year. The fomer New York Knick leads the D-League with 112 three-point field goals, which one shy of a new single-season record. Overall, Williams is averaging 16.0 points and 4.8 assists for Sioux Falls while starting 40 out of 41 games. Williams has also been effective on the defensive end, ranking third in the D-League with 1.9 steals per game.

Jawad Williams, Anaheim Arsenal
Jawad Williams has been the franchise for the Arsenal this season, leading the team with 19.2 points, fourth in the D-League, while playing in all 44 games. The North Carolina product is also one of the league's best long-range shooters, knocking down 74 three-pointers. He is also one of the D-League's most durable players, logging more minutes on the court this season than any player in the league.