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NBA D-League Power Rankings: November 23, 2010

by Matthew Brennan, NBA D-League.com

November 23, 2010: Here is the first regular season edition of the Power Rankings, covering the first fews day of games on the 2010-11 schedule. The Iowa Energy take the first spot after winning all three of their games, while Reno takes second place. The Energy and the Bighorns are the only teams in the league that have played more than one game and remained undefeated. Rio Grande Valley, Fort Wayne and New Mexico are all 1-0 at the time this was published.


TEAM REC. BREAKDOWN
3-0
The Energy were expected to be one of the top teams in the NBA D-League and they've stormed out of the gate with three straight wins over rival Dakota. Center Courtney Sims is off to a hot start with 24.7 points and 10.0 rebounds over his first three games, while Curtis Stinson leads the league with 9.7 assists. The Energy will be challenged to stay undefeated when they visit a strong Tulsa team for two games over the weekend.
2-0
The Bighorns are off to a good start with an opening weekend sweep of Utah. The selection of Nick Fazekas with the first overall pick looks to be paying off with 20.0 points and 11.0 rebounds over his first two games, while a healthy Patrick Ewing Jr. is posting 21.5 points and 9.0 rebounds. The Bighorns stay at home this weekend with the Bakersfield Jam coming to town for two games.
1-0
The Thunderbirds enjoyed a great start to the season with a 21-point win on the road against Idaho. Alan Anderson should be one of the top scorers in the NBA D-League this year and he led the way with 34 points, while forward Anthony Richardson pulled down 15 rebounds. New Mexico will be at their new home in Rio Rancho for the next four games, starting with two visits from Utah this weekend.
1-0
The Vipers pulled out a victory in their opening game of the season, defeating Texas on VERSUS behind a huge game from draft-pick Richard Roby, who scored 31 points. The roster also got stronger yesterday with the return of 2009-10 standout guard Antonio Anderson. Anderson will join the team for two games on the road in Austin this weekend. Rockets assigned player Patrick Patterson will look to bounce back from scoring just seven points on 2-6 shooting in his debut last Thursday.
1-0
The Mad Ants recovered from a very slow start to defeat Sioux Falls in their home opener on Sunday. They host the Skyforce again on Tuesday before Erie visits over the holiday weekend. Joey Meyer's team is looking for some help in the middle with NBA veteran Chris Hunter currently sidelined by injury. Hunter has earned GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA in each of the past two seasons.
1-1
The Toros drew a tough road trip to start the season, but managed to split the weekend series in Maine. Things don't get any easier with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers heading to Austin for two games this weekend. 6-11 Marcus Cousin looks to be a find after playing in Spurs training camp this fall. The former University of Houston player posted 20.0 points and 12.0 rebounds against the Red Claws.
1-1
The 66ers started the new year with a split of games in Bakersfield. 6-11 Marcus Lewis, a reserve last season, is off to a hot start with 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in his first two games to start the 10-11 campaign. Tulsa returns home this weekend but will have a challenge on their hands with the undefeated Iowa Energy visiting.
1-1
The Armor began the season with a thud, but bounced back from a 38-point loss in Erie to defeat the BayHawks on Saturday for the first road win in team history. First-rounder Scottie Reynolds looks to be one of the league's top guards after averaging 21.0 points on .533 shooting over his first two games. The Armor play their next four games at home, starting with two contests against Maine this weekend.
1-1
The Jam edged Tulsa for an opening-night win, but then were beaten by 15 in the second game. They head to 2-0 Reno for two road games over the weekend. The backcourt of Trey Johnson and Jeremy Wise looks like one of the NBA D-League's most explosive, with Johnson averaging 22.5 points and Wise posting 19.5 points after two games.
1-1
The BayHawks dominated on opening night, but then lost to the same Armor team that they beat by 38 the night before. They visit Fort Wayne for two games over the weekend and will have another NBA player in tow in the form of Toronto first-round pick Ed Davis. Fellow Raptors rookie Solomon Alabi is a presence in the paint, blocking 4.5 shots and pulling down 7.5 rebounds over his first two games on assignment.
1-1
The Maine split a pair of home games with Austin to open the season, but they've been hit by the injury bug with NBA veterans Stephane Lasme and Mario West sidelined. Lasme is out indefinitely with a fractured foot, while a hamstring issue limited West over the weekend's game. On the other hand, last year's first-round pick Paul Harris is healthy after missing last season and is one of the league's top rebounders with 12.0 over his first two games. The Red Claws visit Springfield this weekend for their first two of ten meetings with the Armor this season.
0-1
The Legends dropped their first game of the season in Rio Grande Valley, and will look for their first win in team history when they visit Idaho this weekend for two games. NBA veteran Antonio Daniels enjoyed a solid Legends debut with 19 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists on Thursday against the Vipers.
0-1
The Skyforce dropped a tough game in Fort Wayne on Sunday, but they did re-acquire forward Raymond Sykes from last year's team. Sykes should be able to pick up some of the rebounding and shot-blocking duties in the paint with first-round pick Cheikh Samb's status still up in the air due to visa issues. Sioux Falls will play a home-and-home with rival Dakota this weekend after facing the Mad Ants on Tuesday night.
0-1
The Stampede did not get off to a good start, losing their opening game by 21 points at home to the Thunderbirds. Randy Livingston's club will look to bounce back when the Texas Legends visit for two games over the holiday weekend. Former Pistons forward Walter Sharpe was a bright spot in Saturday's loss, scoring 19 points and adding eight rebounds in his Idaho debut.
0-2
The Flash had a disappointing start to the new season, dropping both of their games in Reno. They visit New Mexico for two games this weekend in search of their first victory of the season. Veteran guard Kevin Kruger is off to a hot start, scoring 21.5 points per game along with 6.0 assists. Kruger and fellow veteran Andre Ingram each hit six three-pointers in the two games against Reno.
0-3
The Wizards drew a loaded Energy team to start the season and were not able to pick up a win in the three meetings. They'll move on to face Sioux Falls twice over the weekend, once in Sioux Falls and once in Bismarck. The bright spot so far this season has been the play of veteran Renaldo Major. Major is averaging 24.7 points on .523 shooting to start the season, his fourth with the Wizards in the NBA D-League.