Brian Kotloff, NBADLeague.com
Once each week, NBADLeague.com will update the Prospect Watch presented by BBVA Compass, our list of the top 30 Prospects in the NBA D-League. Our rankings are a combination of upside and experience, potential and production. Only Call-Up eligible players will be ranked. The rankings are compiled by the editors at NBADLeague.com.
T-WILL CLOSING FAST; VETS JOIN THE FRAY
No prospect has been hotter than Terrence Williams, who's been on a scoring tear since taking over for Lakers Call-Up Manny Harris as the D-Fenders' go-to guy. Still just 26 and equipped with a diverse skill set, Williams is right on Pierre Jackson's heels as the league's top prospect. Meanwhile, big men Tim Ohlbrecht and Melvin Ely look like solid options for teams needing inside scoring, and Tre Kelley has swished and dished his way into the Top 30.
No. 22 DEE BOST -- G -- IDAHO STAMPEDE
With Kevin Murphy going off, Bost is now flanked by two NBA-caliber guards with explosive scoring ability -- and that appears to be just what he needed to take off. The lightened scoring load has allowed Bost to focus on rebounding and distributing, which resulted in back-to-back triple doubles. And he's in turn improved his efficiency, shooting 66% over his last three games and looking very much like a future NBA backup.
No. 11 KEVIN MURPHY -- FEB. 1 VS. LOS ANGELES
Forget Performance of the Week -- Murphy's personal game of HORSE might have been the Performance of the Year. Consider the circumstances: 1) T-Will had set the new season high for points in a game with 50 to down Idaho the night before; 2) The Stampede fell behind by 18 after the first quarter, so every bucket Murphy scored was critical in their comeback win; and 3) He shot an amazing 21/33, breaking the league record for field goals made in a game.
SEEING IS BELIEVING
Before Murphy raised it by a notch, Terrence Williams set the bar high for NBA D-League scorers with his dominant 50-point outing on Friday. It served as a reminder for how talented the former Louisville standout, whose scoring ability may not even be one of his top three skills, truly is. When he's hitting shots from the outside like he was against Idaho (6/13 from three), he looks like a surefire NBA wing.
KNOCKING ON THE DOOR
C.J. LESLIE -- F -- ERIE
Leslie has been trapped in between the two forward positions all season -- too skinny to play the 4, not enough perimeter skills for the 3 -- but there's no question that he's one of the most gifted players in the league. When he's playing well, as he has over his last three games (22.7 ppg, 62% FG, 7.0 rpg), it's usually because he's finishing around the hoop rather than drifting out to the perimeter. If he's truly figured out his role on the BayHawks, he'll rise fast.