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NBA D-League Power Rankings: November 30, 2010

by Matthew Brennan, NBA

November 30, 2010: The second edition of the NBA D-League Power Rankings for the 2010-11 season finds the undefeated Reno Bighorns at the top. The Bighorns, winners of their first four, are the only team that is yet to taste defeat this season. The Iowa Energy drop to number two after spillting a pair of games on the road in Tulsa to find their record at 4-1.

The Bighorns have jumped out to the best start in team history, mostly due to the return of a healthy Patrick Ewing Jr. Ewing is averaging 20.0 points and 9.5 rebounds over his first four games, and will lead the team at home against Idaho on Wednesday before a weekend trip to the Dakota. Sacramento Kings rookie center Hassan Whiteside was assigned to the team and should make his debut on Wednesday.
The Energy suffered their first loss of the season in Tulsa on Saturday, which snapped a four-game winning streak. Othyus Jeffers continued his excellent play, earning Performer of the Week honors after averaging 31.5 points in the series with the 66ers. Iowa returns to action this week with a home-and-home against Sioux Falls followed by another visit from the Dakota Wizards on Sunday. Iowa has already defeated Dakota three times this season.
The Legends swept Idaho for their first two wins of the season, and the roster is getting much stronger with the addition of former lottery pick Joe Alexander and the arrival of former NBA guard Rashad McCants. Alexander is averaging 18.5 points and 14.0 rebounds after his first two games. The Legends open their home schedule tonight against Austin, with Rio Grande Valley and Tulsa visiting later in the week. Mavericks assigned players Dominique Jones and Rodrigue Beaubois are also on assignment, although only Jones is expect to play on Tuesday.
The Toros swept their first two home games over Rio Grande Valley to improve to 3-1 on the season. They tip off a busy week tonight in Texas, the first of three straight road games before returning to Austin to host Utah on Sunday. Returning guard Lewis Clinch is coming off the bench but leads the team with 17.0 points per game.
The BayHawks swept Fort Wayne on the road to improve to 3-1 on the season. Ed Davis has returned to Toronto, but the team still has two players on assignment in Toronto's Solomon Alabi and Cleveland's Christian Eyenga. Both players are among the nine members of the team currently averaging over 9.0 points per game in a very balanced offensive attack. The BayHawks are off until Friday and are booked to head out west to visit New Mexico and Utah to start the month of December.
The Thunderbirds started the home schedule over the weekend and split a series with Utah. Guard Alan Anderson has been the league's top offensive player so far, leading all scorers with 29.3 points per game. The Thunderbirds return to action on Friday when they host Erie for two games.
The 66ers split another series this weekend, this time at home with Iowa. Thunder first-round pick Cole Aldrich was assigned last week and posted 9.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in his first two games. He should be back in action on Thursday when the 66ers host Austin before traveling to Texas on Saturday.
The Armor split a pair of games with Maine over the weekend but the big news came off the court, as the New Jersey Nets assigned 2009 lottery pick Terrence Williams to the team. Williams is expected to make his debut on Thursday when the Armor host Maine for the third straight time.
The Red Claws have been racked with injuries, but a bright spot has been the acquisition of forward DeShawn Sims, who posted 19.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in his first two games with the team. The Red Claws visit the Armor on Thursday before returning home to host Fort Wayne and Springfield again over the weekend.
The Mad Ants had a disappointing week, dropping both of their games at home to conference rival Erie. They will hit the road for the first time this weekend, heading to New England to visit Maine and Springfield. The story thus far in Fort Wayne remains the play of Rod Wilmont, who is one of the league's top scorers with 20.0 points per game.
The Vipers were swept in Austin over the weekend, but help is on the way as 2009-10 GATORADE Call-Ups Antonio Anderson and Garrett Temple are expected back for the Vipers next game, which is on Friday at Texas. The Vipers also picked up rookie forward Stanley Robinson, a second-round NBA Draft pick of the Orlando Magic.
The Flash defeated New Mexico on Saturday for their first win of the season, snapping an 0-3 skid to begin 2010-11. The team returns to action on Friday against Austin, and will have a new face on the roster for their home-opener. Former Idaho center and NBA D-League All-Star Lance Allred will join the team via a trade, with former team mainstays Dontell Jefferson and Carlos Wheeler both heading to Idaho as part of a three-team deal that also involved the Dakota Wizards. NBA veteran Orien Greene is off to a strong start to the season, posting 21.8 points after his first four games.
The Jam were swept in Reno over the weekend to fall to 1-3. Their next six games, all at home, are a vital chance to bounce back with all three of the opponents currently sporting losing records. Once again, Trey Johnson has been the heart and soul of the team with 24.0 points and 4.0 assists to start the season.
The Wizards finally got a victory with Iowa off the slate, winning in Sioux Falls on Saturday to snap a four-game losing streak. They will look to make it two in a row when Reno visits on Friday before four straight games on the road. Former Piston Walter Sharpe will make his debut on Friday after being acquired via trade with Idaho. Sharpe is averaging 19.7 points and 9.7 rebounds so far in 2010-11.
The Skyforce split a pair of games with Dakota, losing their home opener on Saturday. They visit Iowa on Wednesday before playing their next eight games at home. Miami Heat rookie center Dexter Pittman was assigned last week and scored nine points with nine rebounds in his NBA D-League debut.
The Stampede were swept at home by Texas and are the last winless team in the NBA D-League. They play their next four on the road starting with visits to undefeated Reno and Bakersfield this week. The team was part of a three-way trade on Monday that will have former Utah players Dontell Jefferson and Carlos Wheeler on the team for Wednesday's visit to Reno. Former NBA first-round pick Luke Jackson has also returned to Idaho, and he is averaging 10.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 6.5 assists after his first two games.