NBA D-League Highlights of the Month: March

On Monday, the Los Angeles D-Fenders won for the 11th time in 13 games, clinching the West Division title with a 119-108 win over the Bighorns and in the process locking in the eight teams for the NBA D-League playoffs: Fort Wayne, L.A., Iowa, Rio Grande Valley, Sioux Falls, Canton, Reno and Santa Cruz, in an order still to be determined over the next five days. The D-Fenders' dominance -- they averaged 127.7 points per game and shot 49% from the field -- was one of several stories that dominated the month of March.

Take a look at the statistical leaders from the past month, as well as the top highlights from the NBA D-League's YouTube Channel:

March Scoring Leaders
F. GainesMaine27.7
R. MurrayAustin 26.5
T. MitchellFort Wayne24.0
R. CovingtonRGV/Houston23.9
C. JonesSanta Cruz 22.3
March Rebounding Leaders
W. ReedReno13.5
I. DioguBakersfield12.3
O. KuzmicSanta Cruz/GS11.5
D. JamesTexas11.5
C. WrightMaine10.6

While Willie Reed and Ike Diogu made waves with double-double streaks of more than 10 games, it was actually Kuzmic that led the league in rebound rate, grabbing 22.5% of available rebounds -- a better indicator of performance, since it adjusts for playing time and pace. Canton's Aleksander (Olek) Czyz and Kyrylo Fesenko also stood out on the glass.



March Assist Leaders
L. JacksonErie 11.7
J. MagetteLos Angeles7.8
C. StinsonIowa7.7
L. DrewSioux Falls7.4
T. WilliamsLos Angeles7.4
March Three-Pointers Leaders
T. DanielsRGV/Houston4.8
M. LittleBakersfield4.3
R. MurraySanta Cruz3.9
J. AkognonTexas3.6

With an ultra-fast pace taking hold almost league-wide, assist numbers can often be skewed. But in this case an advanced look into the top set-up men backs up the raw numbers: Jackson assisted on a league-leading 41% of his team's buckets, while Magette averaged the most per 100 possessions while brilliantly running L.A.'s attack.

The month also saw former Dallas Maverick Josh Akognon emerge as one of the league's best shooters and scorers -- but no shooter has ever been more prolific in the NBA D-League than Moses Ehambe, who surpassed Blake Ahearn as the all-time career leader in three-pointers made.

March Blocks Leaders
Z. MarshallMaine2.8
N. PelleDelaware2.8
S. WilliamsLos Angeles2.8
D. PittmanAustin2.7
D. OrtonMaine2.5
March Steals Leaders
D. LigginsSioux Falls2.8
R. CovingtonRGV/Houston2.8
D. BostIdaho2.6
J. MagetteLos Angeles2.5
J. AkognonDelaware2.1

One of the more intriguing prospects entering the season, Sevens rookie Norvel Pelle showcased his raw athletic talent after finally getting consistent playing time; he'll be a high-upside option for NBA teams in the second-round of June's draft. Meanwhile, DeAndre Liggins continued to be a defensive stud, energizing the Skyforce around a stint with the Miami Heat.