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NBA D-League Power Rankings: January 18, 2011

by Matthew Brennan, NBA

January 18, 2011: The Power Rankings return after a one week hiatus due to the Showcase, and the Tulsa 66ers are in the top spot on the strength of a ten-game winning streak. Iowa and Reno round out the top three, while Rio Grande Valley could be moving up the standings with a long winning streak of their own.

The 66ers swept New Mexico over the weekend to extend their winning streak to ten games. They return home to face Reno and Texas this week as they look to catch Idaho's NBA D-League record 18-game winning streak from the 2007-08 season. The 66ers have had the first two GATORADE Call-Ups of the season, with Zabian Dowdell joining Phoenix and Larry Owens signing with San Antonio.
The Energy, 5-2 in January, are off for nearly a week until they host Reno for two games on Saturday and Sunday. Guard Chris Lofton has scored over 30 points in three of his last six games, including a 44-point outburst on January 8 against Bakersfield.
The Bighorns have returned to form, winning four straight after a 2-4 stretch to start the new year. They have a tough road trip ahead with visits to Tulsa, Iowa, and Austin over the next week. Warriors guard Jeremy Lin is having a successful stint on assignment, averaging 19.1 points on .524 shooting over eight games.
The BayHawks are 2-2 away from Erie for the Showcase and a trip to New England. They finish up with another game in Springfield before returning home to face Fort Wayne over the weekend. Forward Ivan Johnson has been a tough matchup for defenses lately, averaging 31.3 points over his last three games.
The Vipers are winners of six straight games and welcome Maine to south Texas for two games this week. After that they play 13 of their next 16 games on the road. Jeff Adrien has continued to tear through the paint since joining the Vipers, averaging 20.0 points and 12.2 rebounds while shooting .630 in six games.
The Jam are winners of three of their last four and continue their long road trip with visits to Fort Wayne and Springfield over the next few days. Former NBA D-League All-Star Derrick Byars has joined the team and is averaging 14.2 points after his first five games of the season.
The Flash, 3-4 in January, have been off since Friday and return to action with a three-game homestand. First up on the schedule is Austin followed by Idaho and then another game with the Toros. NBA veteran Ronald Dupree has returned to the team and is off to a fast start, scoring 19.3 points with 8.8 rebounds over his first four games.
The Mad Ants are looking to right the ship after dropping four straight games and six of their last seven contests. They return home to host Bakersfield tonight before finishing the month with five straight road games. Former Tennessee standout forward Wayne Chism has joined the team after the Mad Ants parted ways with first-round draft pick Obi Muonelo. Chism is averaging 7.3 points after his first three games.
The Thunderbirds were swept by Tulsa and have lost six of their last seven games. They finish the month with five straight road games, starting with a trip to Sioux Falls this weekend. Guard Dar Tucker is emerging as one of the league's top scorers, averaging 22.8 points over his last five games.
The Legends dropped two games in Reno and have lost six of eight in the month of January. Forward Joe Alexander's streak of seven straight double-doubles ended with a season-low four rebounds in Sunday's loss to the Bighorns. He still leads the NBA D-League with 10.5 boards per game.
The Toros snapped a six-game losing streak by winning both of their games at the Showcase. Next they head west to take on Idaho and Utah on a three-game trip. Newcomer Aubrey Coleman, a standout in college at Houston, has emerged as the team's new leading scorer with 17.2 points over his first four NBA D-League game.
The Stampede are starting to heat up with a 6-3 record in January. They'll look to win their third straight game when Austin visits on Thursday followed by a road trip to Utah the next night. Former GATORADE Call-Up Jermareo Davidson has been a great pickup, averaging 15.2 points and 9.7 rebounds in his first nine games of the season.
The Red Claws are struggling as of late, compiling a 2-6 record in January. They return to Texas this week for games against the Legends and the Vipers while they try to improve their 2-9 road record. Boston first-round pick Avery Bradley has been assigned to the team and scored 11 points with six assists in his debut against Erie on Saturday.
The Armor are winners of two of their last three and will try to keep the momentum going with five straight home games to end January. The team hosts Erie tonight before Bakersfield visits for two weekend games. Philadelphia forward Craig Brackins has returned on assignment and scored 31 points on 12-18 shooting in Sunday's win over Erie.
The Wizards have lost four of five but can add some victories to the ledger with their next seven games at home. First up is surging Rio Grande Valley for a pair of games this weekend. Former GATORADE Call-Up Mike Hall is starting to show his prior NBA D-League form, averaging 21.0 points and 11.3 rebounds over his last three games.
The Skyforce parted ways with head coach Tony Fritz on Friday night, with assistant and former Dakota head coach Duane Ticknor taking over. Ticknor's debut weekend did not have a good result as the Skyforce were swept by Bakersfield, extending their losing streak to 13 games. The Skyforce host New Mexico this weekend as they try to pick up some victories.