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NBA D-League Power Rankings: March 15, 2012

March 15, 2012: Things were shaking in the D-League this week as 14 of the 16 teams have moved up or down in the Power Rankings, with only the top-ranked Los Angeles D-Fenders and fourth-ranked Springfield Armor maintaining their places in the rankings. And the Armor can make a case for moving up this week as they caught Iowa in the East, but we kept the Energy slightly ahead in the rankings until the Armor wrestle away Eastern supremacy.

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Los Angeles became the first D-League team to post 30 wins this season, topping Idaho 108-99, with new signee and former NBA player Jamario Moon scoring 19 points and eight rebounds. Off the court, the D-Fenders signed former Toronto Raptors first-round pick Kareem Rush. Los Angeles already boasted Top Prospects Elijah Millsap and Malcom Thomas, so they must be considered the team to beat in the D-League.
3rd last week
Austin went 2-2 for the week and pipped slumping Iowa for the No. 2 spot in the Power Rankings. Forward Eric Dawson was huge for the Toros, posting a 25-point, 17-rebound double-double in a 129-116 victory over Rio Grande Valley on March 14. Top Prospect Justin Dentmon added 25 points and eight assists for Austin.
2nd last week
Iowa dropped two games this week -- 98-96 at Springfield and 112-101 at Maine -- and dropped one spot in the Power Rankings. Cartier Martin came off the bench to score a team-high 21 points for the Energy in the loss to the streaking Armor. Iowa looks to get back on the winning track as they host Canton (March 17) and Sioux Falls (March 18) this weekend.
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Springfield went 1-1 for the week, but the victory was a big one as the Armor defeated the Energy 98-96 thanks to forward Jerry Smith's buzzer-beating bucket. Springfield and Iowa both have 22-16 records, but the Armor are looking to supplant the Armor in the East as they've won seven of their last 10 games. Six-year NBA veteran Zendon Hamilton has also joined Springfield to help their drive to the top.
7th last week
Bakersfield went 2-0 for the week and jumped two spots in the Power Rankings. Travis Leslie had a strong 19-point performance in a 111-95 win over Idaho, prior to getting recalled to the Los Angeles Clippers. Additionally, Trey Johnson, who led the D-League in scoring last season as a member of the Jam, has returned to Bakersfield after appearing in 11 games for the New Orleans Hornets this season.
8th last week
Canton also jumped up two spots in the Power Rankings after a stellar 3-0 week punctuated by a 125-100 victory over Reno. Luke Harangody was solid across the three games for the Charge, scoring a combined 73 points and grabbing a combined 34 rebounds, earning Co-Performer of the Week Honors. Canton plays at Iowa and hosts Erie this weekend.
6th last week
Jermaine Taylor poured in 31 points and Top Prospect Derrick Caracter had 20 points with 16 rebounds, but Rio Grande Valley dropped a 129-116 decision to the Toros on March 14, the second of two losses this week, which also saw the Vipers slip a spot in the Power Rankings. RGV travels to Bakersfield for a pair of games this weekend.
9th last week
Erie ran its winning streak to five games with a 130-113 victory over Reno on March 9, but the streak was snapped by a 125-86 loss at Sioux Falls on March 13. The BayHawks did manage to move up a spot in the Power Rankings on the strength of the five consecutive wins, as Top Prospect D.J Kennedy scored 23 points in the win over the Bighorns. Erie plays at Fort Wayne and Canton this week.
10th last week
Texas also moved up one spot in the Rankings after a strong 2-1 week, which also featured the acquistion of former NBA player Dan Gadzuric in a deal with Fort Wayne. The Legends topped in-state rivals Austin and Rio Grande Valley before dropping a decision to Idaho. Dominique Johnson had a nice offensive week for Texas scoring a combined 48 points over the course of the three games.
5th last week
Dakota went 0-3 for the week and dropped to 10th place in the Power Rankings, despite picking up Leo Lyons in a three-team trade with Austin and Springfield. Lyons joins fellow Top Prospect Edwin Ubiles as the Wizards attempt to get back on the winning track with a pair of games this weekend in Reno.
12th last week
Tulsa has a light week but made the most of it, defeating Fort Wayne 81-79 and moving up one slot in the Power Rankings. Double-double machine Marcus Lewis poured in 22 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to post his 28th double-double of the season for the 66ers, while teammate Dwight Buycks added 21 points. Tulsa brings a three-game win streak into a two-game series with Springfield this weekend.
11th last week
Reno went 0-2 last week, dropping to 12th place in the Power Rankings, but made a deal off the court which they hope will pay dividends on the court, acquiring NBA veteran Antoine Wright, the 15th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. The Bighorns host Dakota for a pair of games this week.
14th last week
Maine climbed up to 13th place in the Power Rankings this week after posting a solid 2-1 record, including a big 112-101 victory over the defending NBA D-League Champion Iowa Energy. Top Prospects Morris Almond and Kenny Hayes led the way , with Almond scoring 29 points and Hayes posting a scintillating 26-point, 12-rebound and 12-assist triple-double.
13th last week
Idaho, which went 1-2 for the week, dropping a slot in the Power Rankings, snapped a four-game losing streak with a 101-95 win over Texas on March 14. Forward Reginald Larry scored 14 points and grabbed a dozen rebounds for the Stampede, while both Mikki Moore and Tony Bobbitt chipped in with 13 points.
16th last week
Sioux Falls took flight in the Power Rankings this week, moving up a spot after a solid 2-1 week, highlighted by a 97-88 victory over Dakota on March 14. Center Keith Benson scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Skyforce while Marqus Blakely added 21 points and 12 boards. Sioux Falls plays at Iowa on Sunday, March 18.
16th last week
Fort Wayne slipped a spot in the Power Rankings after an 0-2 week, but had some good news off the court as the Detroit Pistons assigned rookie forward Vernon Macklin to the Mad Ants, while the team also acquired guard Anthony Goods in a bid to bolster their lineup.