Brian Kotloff, NBADLeague.com
Once each week, NBADLeague.com will update the Prospect Watch, 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.
LATE-JANUARY ARRIVALS SHAKE UP RANKINGS
It takes an intriguing combination of NBA experience and potential for a player to crack the Prospect Watch the instant he steps foot in the league, and new Top 11 players Shawne Williams, Daniel Orton and Fab Melo fall under that category. Williams and Orton arrive fresh out of the NBA -- each even started games for the Lakers and Sixers, respectively -- while 2012 first-rounder Melo remains a high-upside rim protector as he works his way back with Texas.
No. 24 JOSH HOWARD -- F -- AUSTIN TOROS
After injuries temporarily derailed Howard's comeback attempt, he's gotten back on track and begun to rediscover his old mid-range stroke for the Toros. The 10-year NBA vet's averages over his last four games -- 22.0 points, 7.3, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks -- look like vintage Josh Howard numbers, and the professional way he's handled the experience makes him a reliable candidate for a quick-fix Call-Up.
No. 1 PIERRE JACKSON -- JAN. 25 VS. TULSA
We may as well copy and paste P-Jax's name in here every week the way he keeps delivering knockout blows to the 29 players below him. This time it's a 46-point performance against the 66ers that earns him this spot, after a night where he grinded out his sixth 40-point game of the season even though he couldn't buy a bucket from outside of five feet (4/17 shooting). At 5-10, he still made 10 of 13 shots at the rim and got to the line for 22 free throws.
SEEING IS BELIEVING
Sevens rookie Rodney Williams has long been known for his ability to jump out of the gym. Even though he fell short of lottery-pick expectations at Minnesota, his athleticism has remained elite even by NBA standards. While also playing his way back onto Prospect Watch, Williams threw down a "Dunk of the Year" candidate during Monday's matinee blowout of the Toros. Watch him get up:
KNOCKING ON THE DOOR
E.J. SINGLER -- F -- IDAHO
Singler didn't knock on the door as much as he shot his way through it. After a four-game stretch in which he averaged 22.8 points, 8.3 boards and 4.8 threes, Kyle's little brother is now leading the league in three-point percentage (51.4%), true shooting percentage (68.1%) and net rating (16.8). With more than a month's worth of experience at NBA training camp with the Blazers under his belt, he's emerged as one of the top options for a team in need of a shooter.