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NBA D-League Power Rankings: February, 16, 2012

February 16, 2012: The Los Angeles D-Fenders are still the hottest team in the NBA D-League and sit atop the Power Rankings for the second straight week, despite trailing the Austin Toros by percentage points in the Western Conference standings. Sparked by Top Prospects Gerald Green, Elijah Millsap and Brandon Costner the D-Fenders are unbeaten in six consecutive games. The D-Fenders and Toros will fight it out for league supremacy this weekend (Feb. 18-19) at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California. Check it out on Futurecast.

-----1st last week
The D-Fenders ran their winning streak to six straight games by sweeping a pair of contests with the Bighorns this week, maintaining their possession of the top spot in the D-League Power Rankings. L.A.'s roster just got a whole lot deeper too, as the NBA's Lakers have assigned forward Devin Ebanks to the D-Fenders, who host the Toros in a huge weekend double-header this weekend.
----- 2nd last week
Austin went 2-1 for the week, holding onto second place in the Power Rankings, but surely have their eyes on their next two games vs. the D-Fenders. The Toros are paced by Top Prospect Justin Dentmon, the speedy, high-scoring point guard averaging 22.6 points and 5.2 assists per game for Austin.
----- 3rd last week
The defending D-League champion Energy posted a 1-1 record last week, falling 112-102 to Idaho and defeating Dakota by the same exact 112-102 score. Moses Ehambe celebrated his return to the Iowa starting lineup by scored a game-high 22 points in the victory over the Wizards. The Energy, which holds a 2.5 game lead over Springfield in the Eastern Conference standings, has two straight against the Armor this week.
----- 4th last week
Rio Grande Valley held firm in fourth place in the Rankings after splitting a pair of games with the Toros last week. Guard Marcus Morris starred for the Vipers, scoring a combined 39 points in both games, including a team-high 22 in the 115-105 win on Feb. 10. Guard Will Conroy also played well for Rio Grande Valley, combining for 29 points, 23 assists and 15 rebounds in the two games. The Vipers host the Canton Charge for a pair of games this week.
6th last week
Springfield won three games and jumped up a spot in the Power Rankings, with a big showdown against Iowa slated for this week. Center Jeff Foote scored 50 points and grabbed 22 rebounds during the three-game run, while fellow Top Prospects Jerry Smith (60 points, 14 rebounds, 17 assists) and JamesOn Curry (55 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists) also recorded strong three-game performances for the Armor.
5th last week
Reno lost three close games against tough opposition this week. Former NBA player Bobby Simmons scored 19 points in a loss to the Toros, point guard Blake Ahearn had a monster 37-point game in the Feb. 11 loss to the D-Fenders, and Andre Emmett scored 29 points in the Feb. 10 loss before getting the call up to the NBA's New Jersey Nets. Reno has three straight against Idaho on the schedule.
8th last week
Bakersfield took two straight over the Tulsa 66ers this week, jumping up a spot in the Power Rankings. Forward Juan Pattillo was solid in both wins, posting a 13-point, 10-rebound performance on Feb. 10 before doubling up with an 18-point, 13-rebound effort on Feb. 11. The Jam hits the road for seven straight games on Sun. Feb. 19.
9th last week
Dakota split two games this weekend, recording a big 128-118 victory over Erie on Feb. 12 and moved up a spot in the Power Rankings. Top Prospect Edwin Ubiles continued his bid to get noticed by NBA scouts with a 27-point, five-rebound, four-assist performance against the BayHawks. The Wizards look to get above the .500 mark with games at Maine and Erie.
12th last week
Canton went 2-0 for the week and jumped three spots in the Power Rankings. Top Prospect Manny Harris led the way for the Charge, scoring 40 points and grabbing 20 rebounds in wins over Sioux Falls and Fort Wayne. Canton now hits the road for two games at Rio Grande Valley.
-----10th last week
Erie maintained its hold on the 10th spot in the Power Rankings by splitting a pair of games this week. Guard Mike James scored a combined 54 points in a loss to Dakota and win over Maine, while forward Tirrell Baines accumulated 35 points and 13 rebounds over the same span. Fort Wayne and Dakota are next on the schedule for the BayHawks.
7th last week
Tulsa went 0-3 for the week and slipped four spots in the Power Rankings. The return of Robert Vaden is a bright spot for the 66ers as the 6-5, 205-pound swingman got his D-League groove back with back-to-back 29-point games vs. Bakersfield and Idaho. Top Prospects Marcus Lewis (33 rebounds) and Jerome Dyson (29 points, 10 assists) also posted strong numbers in the past two games for Tulsa.
11th last week
The Legends dropped one spot in the Rankings after a 2-2 week, highlighted by a 93-84 victory over Idaho on Feb. 15. Guard Booker Woodfox scored a team-high 21 points in the win over the Stampede, while former NBA player Antonio Daniels double up with 14 points and 11 assists in the victory. Fort Wayne and local rival Rio Grande Valley are next on the schedule for Texas.
14th last week
Idaho moved up one spot in the Power Rankings after a 2-2 week, with big victories over Tulsa (Feb. 14) and Iowa (Feb. 11). Former NBA guard Marcus Banks scored 40 points and dished out 12 assists in the two wins, while former Boston Celtics All-Star Antoine Walker erupted for 22 points in the win over the defending D-League Champion Energy. The Stampede have three straight games against Reno, beginning Feb. 17.
15th last week
Maine went 1-2 for the week, dropping one spot in Rankings. Forward Craig Brackins poured in 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in an exciting 113-111 victory over Fort Wayne on Feb. 9, while guard Kenny Hayes chipped in with 21 points and 10 assists in the win over the Mad Ants. The Red Claws host Dakota and Bakersfield this week.
-----15th last week
Fort Wayne had a rough 0-3 week, but Top Prospect Darnell Lazare managed to put together some good numbers for the week. The 6-8, 240-pound former LSU Tiger scored 44 points and grabbed 18 rebounds over the three-game span. The Mad Ants begin a four-game road trip on Feb. 17 at Texas.
-----16th last week
Sioux Falls posted a 106-103 win over the Stampede on Feb. 10, sparked by the play of forward Trey Gilder, who scored a team-high 23 points in the victory. Teammate Gabe Pruitt chipped in with 21 points and nine assists for the Skyforce, who host Tulsa for a pair of games this weekend.