All-Star Candidates: Eastern Division Guards
The inaugural D-League All-Star game takes place in a few weeks and fan voting is currently underway at NBADLeague.com. With that in mind, let's take a look at who some of the main candidates are to make the starting lineup, starting with guards in the Eastern Divisions. This is a very deep position in the East, as nearly half of the league's top 16 scorers are Eastern Division guards, so be sure to put some thought into your votes. Check back tomorrow for the top candidates in the Western Division.
BJ Elder, Austin Toros - Elder leads the league in scoring with 20.6 points. One of the few bright spots of Austin's season so far, the Georgia Tech product posted the second highest single-game scoring total this season when he poured in 38 points on December 15 at Dakota.
Vincent Grier, Sioux Falls Skyforce - Grier joined the Skyforce on December 8th and immediately stepped in as an impact player, averaging 19.1 points in his first eleven games in the D-League.
Will Conroy, Tulsa 66ers - Conroy is one of the league's best all-around players, as demonstrated by his D-League record three career triple-doubles. However, the point guard is best noted for his passing skills, with his 9.9 assist average ranking second in the league.
Renaldo Major, Dakota Wizards - Major has been one of the league's best on both ends of the court this season, ranking sixth in scoring with 18.4 points and leading the league in steals with 2.2 thefts per game. The 6-7 guard is also second on the division-leading Wizards with 3.0 assists per game.
Jeremy Richardson, Fort Worth Flyers - Richardson has helped lead Fort Worth to an 11-3 record and ranks tenth in the league with 17.0 points per game. Expect his numbers to increase over the next few weeks now that Kelenna Azubuike has taken his offensive production to the NBA. Richardson should be the one who will pick up a lot of the slack for the Flyers.
Frank Williams, Sioux Falls Skyforce - A first round pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, Williams has been one of the D-League's best point guards and three-point marksmen this season. Williams has canned a league-high 55 three-pointers this season, including a league-high six in one game. He also leads the Skyforce and ranks eighth in the league with 5.0 assists. The former Illinois standout has also been a threat on the defensive end, ranking second in the league with 2.0 steals.
Denham Brown, Tulsa 66ers - Brown has been the 66ers top scorer in his first season of professional basketball, averaging 18.8 points. He has been very effective from long range, converting 21-45 (.480) of his three-point attempts. A 6-5 guard from Connecticut, Brown is also a solid rebounder, ranking second on the 66ers with 5.9 rebounds per game.
Clay Tucker, Arkansas - Tucker, who earned the first D-League Performer of the Week honor this season, has been the go-to scorer for the RimRockers all season. He ranks eight in the league with 18.0 points per game, and put up the best scoring performance in the league this season with 42 points at Fort Worth this past Saturday.