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NBA D-League Power Rankings: March 1, 2012

March 1, 2012: The Los Angeles D-Fenders secured their spot atop the Power Rankings during the All-Star Break in an abridged week of scheduling, with most teams idle due to the festivities in Orlando, including a highly entertaining Dream Factory Presented by Haier and a thrilling NBA D-League All-Star Game, presented by 26 Seconds.


TEAM REC. BREAKDOWN
------1st last week
27-10
L.A. ran their winning streak to 10 straight games on Feb. 29, beating Idaho 94-72, despite suiting up only eight players due to injuries the recent NBA Call Up of former NBA Slam Dunk champ Gerald Green to the New Jersey Nets. Top Prospect Elijah Millsap scored a game-high 27 points for the D-Fenders.
----2nd last week
21-12
Iowa lost their only game of the shortened week, dropping a 127-110 decision to streaking Dakota on Feb. 28 but we'll keep them in the No. 2 spot in the Power Rankings based on their consistency. Swingman Moses Ehambe scored a team-high 22 points in the loss to the Wizards.
----3rd last week
22-12
Austin were idle for the week, but Top Prospects Justin Dentmon and Leo Lyons each scored 15 points as the West topped the East 135-122 in the D-League All-Star Game on Feb. 25 . The Toros have two games scheduled with local rival Texas upcoming.
-----4th last week
21-13
Led by Top Prospect JamesOn Curry, Springfield is the hottest team in the Eastern Conference, as their eight-game winning streak has them just half a game behind the defending D-League champs from Iowa. Curry is joined by fellow prospects Jeff Foote and former New Jersey Net Dennis Horner in pacing the Armor climb up the standings.
6th last week
19-14
Dakota is the only team to move up a spot in the Power Rankings this week, as the quirky schedule had them slated for two games in a period where most teams had none, which the Wizards took full advantage of, winning both and running their winning streak to six games, thanks to continued great play from Top Prospect Edwin Ubiles.
5th last week
21-16
Idle for the week, Rio Grande Valley slipped one spot with streaking Dakota earning a promotion at the Vipers's expence. Rio Grande Valley hits the road after the All-Star Break, playing two games at Tulsa vs. the 66ers this week, before returning home for one game homestand against Texas on March 12.
------ 7th last week
18-16
Bakersfield held onto the seventh spot in the Power Rankings despite dropping their only game of the week, a 116-94 loss to Dakota on Feb. 29. Derrick Byars (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Juan Pattillo (13 points, 11 rebounds) both posted double-doubles for the Jam.
------8th last week
17-17
Canton went into the All-Star Break having won four of their last five games, climbing up the Power Rankings and Eastern Conference standings. The Charge will be tested this week as they host the defending D-League champion Energy twice this week, before hitting the road to complete the three-game series in Iowa on March 4.
-----9th last week
17-18
Top Prospects Andre Emmett and Blake Ahearn will continue to make their bids for spots on NBA rosters, while pacing Reno in D-League play. The Bighorns host a pair of games with Bakersfield this week, before heading East for games at Erie and Canton.
-----10th last week
17-18
Sharp-shooting Booker Woodfox made Texas proud over the All-Star Weekend, as the 6-1, 185-pound guard out of Creighton successfully defended his Three-Point Crown at the NBA Development League Dream Factory presented by Haier on Sat., Feb. 25. The Legends get back into action with a pair of games against Austin this week.
-----11th last week
15-17
Erie posted 99-86 win over Fort Wayne on Feb. 28, and will be looking for Top Prospects Keith McLeod and D.J. Kennedy to pace them into the post-All-Star Break period, tipping off with a pair of home games against Sioux Falls this weekend.
------12th last week
16-21
Tulsa will look to snap a three-game losing streak when they host Rio Grande Valley for a pair of games this week. A key player in the 66ers getting back on the winning track is double-double machine and Top Prospect Marcus Lewis, who has posted 26 double-doubles so far this season.
-----13th last week
14-21
Idaho maintained it's hold on 13th place in the Rankings despite dropping a 94-72 decision to top-ranked Los Angeles on Feb. 29. Chris Davis scored 15 points off the bench for the Stampede, while fellow reserve Jordan Brady chipped in with 13 points.
-----14th last week
13-22
Maine is looking to make a big post-All-Star Break move up the Power Rankings and the Eastern Conference standings, and made a big splash in that direction this week, signing 2010 NBA draft pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves and former Washington Wizards player Hamady Ndiaye from the Available Player Pool.
-----15th last week
10-26
Fort Wayne dropped their lone game of the week, a 99-86 decision to Erie on Feb 28, despite Ron Howard's 19-point, 10-rebound double-double for the Mad Ants. Forward Darnell Lazare chipped in with 16 points for Fort Wayne, who tip-off a six-game homestand with a game against Dakota on March 2.
-----16th last week
9-25
Sioux Falls got some good news this week as Minnesota Timberwolves rookie guard Malcolm Lee is slated to begin his second stint with the Skyforce this week against Bakersfield on March 1 and Erie (March 3 and March 4).