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NBA D-League Power Rankings: December 15, 2011

December 15, 2011: Welcome to Week Two of the NBA D-League Power Rankings for the 2011-12 campaign, where rapidly changing rosters, due to the impressive number of players invited to NBA Training Camps, resulted in corresponding leaps and dives in the rankings. Look for similar movement -- both in rosters and in the Power Rankings -- over the next few weeks.


TEAM REC. BREAKDOWN
5th last week
5-1
The Armor have battled their way to the top of the Power Rankings on the strength of franchise record four-game winning streak, including three wins in the last week. Lance Hurdle and Jamar Brown are filling up the stat sheet for the New Jersey Nets affiliated squad, which began a seven-game 16-day road trip on Thursday, Dec 15. Springfield is the only team in the league with just one loss.
3rd last week
5-2
Star guard Osiris Eldridge and big man David Palmer sparked the Jam to a pair of victories this week, moving them up one spot in the Rankings. Eldridge exploded for 26 points in a victory over the Legends on Dec 10, while Palmer posted 18 points and 13 boards in the same game. Early season supremacy in the West will be up for grabs this weekend as Bakersfield plays a home-and-home against the L.A. D-Fenders on Friday and Saturday night.
1st last week
7-3
Despite several players moving to NBA Training Camps, the D-Fenders managed to go 1-1 for the week, sparked by Eniel Polynice's first triple-double of the season in a 104-92 win over Texas. Brandon Costner is averaging an impressive 25 points per game for the D-Fenders.
2nd last week
4-2
Omar Reed scored 26 points as the Toros edged the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 106-105 on Saturday night, pushing the Austin squad to a 4-2 record. The Toros have a Lone Star State weekend ahead, as they host the Texas Legends on Friday night and the Vipers on Saturday night before finishing up with another contest with the Legends on Sunday afternoon.
7th last week
5-3
The defending D-League Champion Energy moved up two spots in the rankings this week, thanks to two victories over the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Rookie guard Thomas Baudinet poured in 21 points and fellow D-League newcomer Nick Murphy added 20 in Iowa's 103-89 win on Saturday night. The Energy hit the road for a game at Fort Wayne on Friday night.
4th last week
5-3
The 66ers dropped two spots after splitting a pair of games against the Dakota Wizards this week. Nkem Ojougboh recorded double-doubles in each game, and is averaging 14.5 points and 12 rebounds per game for Tulsa, who hope to get back on the winning track with a pair of home games this weekend vs Reno on Friday and the East-leading Springfield Armor on Saturday night.
6th last week
5-4
Kelvin Lewis knocked down nine three-pointers and poured in a game-high 33 points in over 40 minutes of game action on Saturday night, but the Vipers dropped a thrilling 106-105 decision to the in-state rival Austin Toros. Forward Stanley Asumnu (18 ppg) joins Lewis in the high-powered Rio Grande Valley offense. The Vipers host Austin and Texas on Friday and Saturday night, before traveling to Bakersfield for a pair of games next week.
9th last week
3-3
The Mad Ants evened up their season record at 3-3 with a 94-87 win over Erie on Saturday, sparked by guard Corey Allmond (21 points, seven rebounds) and forward Marvin Phillips (20 points, eight boards). Fort Wayne starts a two-week, four-game homestand on Friday night against the Iowa Stampede.
10th last week
3-3
The Wizards also reached the .500 mark by topping the Tulsa 66ers 93-80 on Sunday, powered by Maurice Baker's 23 points. Curtis Withers chipped in with a double-double for Dakota, scoring 10 points and grabbing a game-high 14 boards. Two straight games at Sioux Falls this weekend is followed by a four-game homestand, culminating with a New Year's Eve tilt against the Skyforce.
12th last week
3-4
Idaho jumped two spots in the Power Rankings after going 2-1 this week, highlighted by an impressive 118-98 victory over the Western Conference-leading Bakersfield Jam last night. Reggie Larry and Cheyne Gadson both poured in 19 points for Idaho in the big win. The Stampede host two straight games against the Canton Charge this weekend, beginning on Friday night.
8th last week
3-4
The Charge have dropped two straight heading into the weekend double-header at Idaho, with both losses coming to clubs near the bottom of the rankings -- Maine and Sioux Falls. Forward Dante Milligan (12.8 ppg and 10.6 rpg) and Travis Frankling (11.7 ppg) will be looking to lead Canton into Idaho this weekend.
14th last week
2-4
The Red Claws posted their second win of the season with a 103-81 victory over the Canton Charge, snapping Canton's three-game winning streak. Leading the way for Maine was Courtney Pigram, who came off the bench to score a game-high 33 points. Former St. John's player Justin Brownlee recorded a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double in the victory for the Red Claws, who host Erie in a pair of games this weekend.
16th last week
2-4
The Bighorns also picked up their second win of the campaign last week, topping the Texas Legends 105-103 on Friday. Swingman Cedric Bozeman led the way for Reno, scoring 24 points, grabbing eight rebouns and dishing out eight assists. Terrance Thomas also had a big night for the Bighorns, with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Reno hits the road this weekend with games at Tulsa (Friday) and Iowa (Saturday).
11th last week
2-6
The BayHawks hope to snap a three-game losing streak when they hit the road for three games starting tonight at the Springfield Armor. Marshall product Tirrell Baines is averaging 15.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for Erie. Guard Kyle Spain, out of San Diego Stae, is averaging 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the BayHawks.
15th last week
2-5
The Skyforce got back on the winning track with a 93-74 home victory over the Canton Charge on Tuesday night. Ryan Anderson scored a team-high 20 points for Sioux Falls, while Anthony Mason Jr, son of former NBA player Anthony Mason, scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds. Billy McShepard added 12 points and 14 boards for the Skyforce, who host the local rival Dakota Wizards in back-to-back games Friday and Saturday night.
13th last week
1-6
The Legends hope to snap a four-game losing streak when they face local rival Austin on Thursday, Dec 15. Former Creighton standout Booker Woodfox leads the current Texas squad in scoring, averaging 17.9 points per game, while guard Vance Cooksey has averaged 13.4 points and over eight assists per game.