D-League All-Star Candidates: Eastern Division Forwards
by Matthew Brennan, D-League.com
The inaugural D-League All-Star game takes place at NBA Jam Session on Feburary 17, at 2 p.m. PT. Fan voting is currently underway at D-League.com. With that in mind, let's take a look at who some of the main candidates when choosing forwards for the Eastern Division. This position is not nearly as strong as the guards, especially since three of what would have been the top candidates, Andre Brown, Renaldo Major, and Justin Williams, have received GATORADE Call-Ups. Check back tomorrow for the top candidates in the Western Division.
Click here to see the Western Division candidates at forward.
Quemont Greer, Dakota Wizards: Greer has dominated the league over the past two weeks, being named D-League Performer of the Week two straight times. He is tied with James Maye as the Wizards' leading scorer, ranking eighth in the league with 17.9 points. He has scored 29 points or better in four of his last seven games, including 40 points last Wednesday against Colorado, the second highest single-game total in the league this season.
Fort Worth Flyers
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Matt Haryasz, Arkansas RimRockers: The rookie from Stanford has been a solid presence at forward for the struggling RimRockers. Haryasz ranks seventh in the D-League with 7.4 rebounds, and is also chipping in 10.6 points. He has been a factor on defense as well, ranking fourth in the D-League with 1.4 blocks per game.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Fort Worth Flyers: Mensah-Bonsu has been the league's best rebounder by far since being assigned to the Flyers by the Dallas Mavericks. He leads the league with 11.6 rebounds, nearly two more than the next closest player. The 6-9 Mensah Bonsu, who was an undrafted rookie free agent out of George Washington, is also among the league leaders in blocks with 1.2 per game. A very athletic player, Mensah-Bonsu has also managed to contribute offensively for a Flyers team that is not lacking when it comes to scorers. He is averaging 13.7 points on .553 (68-123) shooting.
Jeremy Richardson, Fort Worth Flyers: Richardson has started 15 games for the Flyers and is averaging 18.5 points, ranking seventh in the D-League. RIchardson is one of the league's most consistent scorers, reaching double-figures in all 15 games that he has played in.
James White, Austin Toros: The Toros are 6-3 with White in the starting lineup. A 6-7 rookie forward who is on his second assignment this season from the San Antionio Spurs, White ranks 11th in the D-League with 17.1 points. He is also the highest ranking non-guard in the D-League assist rankings, contributing 3.1 per game.