D-League All-Star Candidates: Western Division Forwards
by Matthew Brennan, D-League.com
The inaugural D-League All-Star game takes place at NBA Jam Session on Feburary 17, at 2 p.m. PT. Here is a look at some of the top candidates at forward in the Western Division. There are plent of qualified candidates in the West, so selecting just two can be a tough proposition.
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Louis Amundson, Colorado 14ers Amundson is currently the leading shot-blocker in the D-League, sending back 2.4 shots per game. The 6-9 rookie forward from UNLV is a great hustle player who is also very efficient on the offensive end. He is third in the D-League in field-goal percentage, shooting .576 (80-139) from the field with a scoring average of 10.4 points. Amundson has also been a solid rebounder for the 14ers, pulling down 6.7 caroms per game, second on the team and 14th in the D-League.
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Elton Brown, Colorado 14ers: Brown has been a major contributor to Colorado's success after being selected first overall in the 2006 D-League Expansion Draft. The 6-9 forward is ranked among the league leaders in several categories. He is ranked second in rebounding (9.9 rebounds) and tenth in scoring (17.1 points). He has recorded ten double-doubles in 23 games this season.
Corsley Edwards, Anaheim Arsenal: The 6-9 Edwards was the first selection in the 2006 D-League Draft and has been of the league's best frontcourt players this season. Edwards ranks fifth in rebounding with 7.7 rebounds and 19th in scoring with 15.5 points. The Central Connecticut State product ran off a streak of 12 straight games with double-doubles earlier this season.
Jeff Graves, Idaho Stampede: The steady play of Graves is one of the main reasons why Idaho has recovered from a slow start to find themselves in first place in the Western Division. Graves is ranked fourth in the league with 8.6 rebounds per game, and also chips in on the scoreboard with 13.5 points. The former Kansas standout has recorded nine double-doubles this season in 24 games.
Kevinn Pinkney, Bakersfield Jam: Pinkney has been the main offensive option for Bakersfield all season, and he currently averages 18.5 points, sixth in the D-League. The 6-9 Pinkney also leads the Jam with 6.7 rebounds.
Jawad Williams, Anaheim Arsenal: Williams has been the franchise for the Arsenal this season and is one of the D-League's best all-around players. The 6-9 forward from North Carolina ranks fourth in scoring (17.7) and in three-pointers made (42) while starting all 26 games for the Arsenal. Williams is also very durable, ranking second in the league in minutes per game with 39.6.