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Idaho's Pierre Jackson and Iowa's Shabazz Muhammad highlight the NBADLeague.com All-Showcase First Team.
NBADLeague.com's All-Showcase Teams
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Jan 10 2014 5:00AM

Five days and 16 games later, the NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung Galaxy is in the books. Which players stole show and left a lasting impression in Reno?

NBADLEAGUE.COM'S ALL-SHOWCASE TEAMS

NBADLeague.com takes a look at the Biggest Risers from Showcase whose future looks a lot brighter than it did five days ago.
Biggest Risers of the 2014 NBA D-League Showcase
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Jan 10 2014 9:00AM

The cream rose to the top in Reno to produce a clear 2014 All-Showcase Team. But the beauty of Showcase can be found in the players who use the event as a springboard to an NBA contract. Which players improved their stock the most by leaving lasting impressions on the NBA decision-makers in attendance? Who seized the moment and rose from obscurity?

Find out here: BIGGEST RISERS OF THE 2014 NBA D-LEAGUE SHOWCASE

NBADLeague.com takes a look at the top three most impactful players from Thursday's games--and Shabazz Muhammad took the PIE.
Three Slices of PIE: Day 5
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Jan 10 2014 10:34AM

Now that the 2014 NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung Galaxy has concluded, here’s a look at who took the PIE on Thursday and overall.

As a refresher, PIE is an estimate of a player's or team's contributions and impact on the game. PIE shows what % of game events did that player or team achieve. (According to NBA.com/dleague/Stats)

Here are the top three PIE performers (10+ minutes played) from Thursday’s NBA D-League Showcase games:

1) SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD -- G – IOWA ENERGY

The Timberwolves assignee absolutely dominated Showcase and provided some BIG highlights. For games played on Thursday, he led in PIE with a rating of 30.5% on top of his 22 points and 11 rebounds in a, 143-132, win over Springfield.

2) MELVIN ELY -- F/C – TEXAS LEGENDS

Melvin Ely helped lead the Legends to a, 113-108, win over Delaware on Thursday with his PIE rating of 22.3%, 32 points and 9 rebounds.

3) SETH CURRY -- G – SANTA CRUZ WARRIORS

In his return to the Warriors, and his Showcase debut, Curry dropped 27 points with 7 rebounds and 8 assists. He earned a PIE rating of 21.6% in Santa Cruz’s win over the Vipers.

Team That Takes Home the PIE: Santa Cruz Warriors

The Warriors had a 127-115-point win over Rio Grande Valley on Thursday and took the PIE with a rating of 61.7%. Iowa was right behind the Warriors with a rating of 58.5%

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Top Rated PIE Performers of Showcase (averages):

Kellen Thornton – Idaho Stampede – 25.7%

Shabazz Muhammad – Iowa Energy – 23.3%

Rudy Gobert – Bakersfield Jam – 23.0%

Darius Johnson-Odom's 41-point outburst propelled him up the list of Showcase's top performers.
Top 10 Performers of Showcase Day 5
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Jan 10 2014 12:14AM

The surprises continued on Thursday as Matt Bouldin, Dennis Horner and Melvin Ely delivered three of the best individual games of Showcase's final slate, but the stars also shined one more time. Who took the cake as the best player on the court on Day 5 in Reno? Find out in the Top 10 Performers Gallery below:

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE GALLERY

See where your favorite player has landed after Showcase.
Jan 9 2014 11:13PM

And just like that -- 16 games over five days -- the 2014 NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung Galaxy is over. While the dust is still settling, let's take a look at how the Prospect Watch looks after Showcase. Check out the rankings here.

IN

Seth Curry
Rank: 6
OUT

Eric Dawson
Rank: 29

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE UPDATED RANKINGS

Iowa's Shabazz Muhammad and Springfield's Darius Johnson-Odom were our Players of the Game.
Jan 9 2014 9:44PM

In the 16th and final game of the NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung Galaxy, defense was optional as Iowa defeated Springfield in a shootout. GAME INFO

Players of the Game: Texas 113, Delaware 108
Iowa: Shabazz Muhammad Springfield: Darius Johnson-Odom
If there was ever any doubt about Muhammad's desire, those concerns were answered in Reno. The Minnesota assignee ran the floor with reckless abandon and he constantly made plays in transition. When he attacked the rim, he drew contact and he ended up taking 11 free throws (making 10) on his way to scoring 22 points on just 11 shots in 23 minutes. He seemed to develop a chemistry with Bulls assignee Marquis Teague and they seemed a step above the rest when working together. With Iowa up 22 four minutes into the second half, the game appeared over … to everyone but DJO. The tenacious guard never stopped attacking, and by the end of the fourth he’d nearly willed his team back into it with 28 second-half points to bring his total to 41 (13/25 FG, 13/15 FT). While he made some nice step-back and dribble moves to create space for jumpers, most of his offense came on brute strength and quickness, as he was unstoppable getting to the rack in one-on-one situations.
Golden State's first-round draft pick says he "loves" playing in front of the Santa Cruz fans.
Jan 9 2014 7:41PM

Warriors first-round pick Nemanja Nedovic showed everyone what he could do in his record-setting NBA D-League debut in November (below). A month and a half later, he sat down with NBADLeague.com to discuss his learning experience with both Golden State and its affiliate in Santa Cruz, his sensation status in Serbia and his "European Derrick Rose" nickname.

Santa Cruz' Seth Curry and Rio Grande Valley's Chris Johnson were our Players of the Game.
Jan 9 2014 6:03PM

In the second to last game of the NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung Galaxy, the Santa Cruz Warriors outplayed the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to finish their Showcase run at 1-1. GAME INFO

Players of the Game: Santa Cruz 127, Rio Grande Valley 115
Santa Cruz: Seth Curry Rio Grande Valley: Chris Johnson
Neither the altitude or a lack of sleep could stop Seth Curry on Thursday. Curry did not join the Warriors in Reno until late Wednesday night after being waived by the Memphis Grizzlies, yet there he was running the show for Santa Cruz against the league's fastest paced team in Rio Grande Valley.In the end, Curry flirted with a triple-double, going off for 27 points, eights assists and seven rebounds in 38 minutes. It was clear, even in just two games here in Reno, that Santa Cruz' offense runs much smoother with Curry. You can accuse the RGV Vipers of being one-dimensional, but not Chris Johnson. While Thursday was another day when the shots came and went in waves as RGV fell behind and came back, Johnson was the one doing the dirty work on both ends of the floor. He finished with 18 points on 6/13 (3/6 from three), 5 rebounds, 5 assists and most tellingly with a team-high plus/minus (+3). The numbers aren’t flashy, but Showcase is about players proving that they can thrive in their roles, and Johnson did just that yet again.

The other "Greek Freak" spoke with NBADLeague.com after a highlight-filled game.
Jan 9 2014 5:21PM

After a quiet first Showcase game, Thanasis Antetokounmpo rebounded with a stellar effort on Thursday, when he scored 17 points, blocked three shots and was simply all over the court on both ends for the Sevens. Watch his highlights below -- including an incredible block on a fastbreak -- and hear him evaluate his game and talk about his close relationship with his younger brother, Giannis, a rookie sensation in Milwaukee.

Texas' Melvin Ely and Delaware's Matt Bouldin were our Players of the Game.
Jan 9 2014 4:01PM

In the first game of the final day of the NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung Galaxy, the Texas Legends fended off a late rally by the Delaware 87ers to end their Showcase campaign with a win. GAME INFO

Players of the Game: Texas 113, Delaware 108
Texas: Melvin Ely Delaware: Matt Bouldin
Bigger and older than anyone else on the court, eight-year NBA vet Melvin Ely did what he thought he should do on Thursday: dominate. The 35-year-old capped a fantastic Showcase by making 13 of his 19 field-goal attempts for 32 points and 9 rebounds, owning the paint in the Legends’ 113-108 win. Afterwards, Ely said he was out to prove that he could still play, not just to the NBA scouts watching but also to his 13-year-old son who questioned whether he still had it. Bouldin had maybe his best game of year for the 87ers and demonstrated the type of skillset that made him the 2007 WCC Player of the Year at Gonzaga. Known for his outside shooting, the 6-foot-5 guard hit three 3-pointers and shot 7-for-13 from the floor to finish with a season-high 23 points. In addition, Bouldin pulled down seven rebounds and five assists. Bouldin, who played 41 minutes on Thursday, has now scored in double figures in his last five games.
NBADLeague.com takes a look at the top three most impactful players from Wednesday's games--and K.C. Rivers took the PIE.
Three Slices of PIE: Day 4
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Jan 9 2014 11:26AM

Day 4 at Showcase gave us a lot of threes and movement in the Prospect Watch, but who took the PIE yesterday?

As a refresher, PIE is an estimate of a player's or team's contributions and impact on the game. PIE shows what % of game events did that player or team achieve. (According to NBA.com/dleague/Stats)

Here are the top three PIE performers (10+ minutes played) from Wednesday's NBA D-League Showcase games:

1) K.C. RIVERS -- G/F – RENO BIGHORNS

The Bighorns absolutely dominated on their homecourt in Wednesday’s 121-79-point Showcase win over Springfield with big help from K.C. Rivers. Rivers had a PIE rating of 27.1% for the day on top of his 27 points that included making seven threes in less than 19 minutes.

2) KEVIN PARROM -- G – RIO GRANDE VALLEY VIPERS

The Vipers had seven players score in double-digits and one of them also led the team in PIE. Kevin Parrom had 11 points and 8 rebounds with a PIE rating of 24.3% to help Rio Grande Valley defeat the Red Claws, 126-106.

3) BRYAN DAVIS -- F – RENO BIGHORNS

And again, there is another player from Reno that makes the top PIE rankings for Wednesday. Forward Bryan Davis had a PIE rating of 21.6%--plus 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

Team That Takes Home the PIE: Reno Bighorns

With the rankings above, there is no surprise here. The Reno Bighorns, in front of their hometown crowd, took home the PIE with a rating of 76.6% in the big win over Springfield. The next highest rating was 60.3% from the Vipers.

The Bighorns' wing erupted in front of NBA scouts and hometown fans.
Jan 9 2014 5:15AM

Showcase is made for players like Reno's own K.C. Rivers to make the leap from unknown to NBA Prospect with one big performance. Rivers enjoyed that moment in the spotlight at his home arena, where he had drained seven threes and scored 25 points by the nine-minute mark of the third quarter. Watch the highlights here:

Check out who is rising and who is falling.
Jan 9 2014 3:33AM

We're 13 games in to the 2014 NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung Galaxy and several Prospects have improved their stock this week. Check out the rankings here.

PROSPECTS IN

Ty Walker
Rank: 28

Justin Brownlee
Rank: 30

PROSPECTS OUT

Jamario Moon
Rank: 26

Mickell Gladness
Rank: 29

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE UPDATED RANKINGS

Reno's KC Rivers and Springfield's Dennis Horner were our Players of the Game.
Jan 9 2014 12:27AM

In the final game of the fourth day of the NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung Galaxy, the Reno Bighorns treated their hometown fans to an easy win over the Springfield Armor. GAME INFO

Players of the Game: Reno 121, Springfield 79
Reno: KC Rivers Springfield: Dennis Horner
Rivers had the type of night NBA Prospects dream of -- he was feeling it from downtown, and it just so happened that an entire section of NBA scouts were in attendance. The 26-year-old Clemson product drilled four threes in the first quarter on his way to seven on the game, as he finished 9/14 from the field for 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Most importantly, he stayed within himself throughout, never forcing a shot to try to impress anyone. Performances like this are the reason Showcase exists, so an NBA hopeful can vault himself onto the radar. Horner, true to form, banged bodies down low and absorbed contact while trying to get shots off in the paint. The NC State product, who famously made it all the way to the NBA after making the NBA D-League from an open tryout, was the lone bright spot for the Armor, finishing with 18 points on 9-for-18 shooting.
Fort Wayne's Ron Howard and Tulsa's Ben Uzoh were our players of the game.
Jan 8 2014 10:04PM

In the third game of the fourth day of the NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung Galaxy, Tulsa made its debut after travel delays forced the 66ers to postpone their first game in Reno, and despite a valiant effort under the circumstance, Fort Wayne was able to take home the win (essentially their third of this Showcase if you count the protested game). GAME INFO

Players of the Game: Fort Wayne 105, Tulsa 97
Fort Wayne: Ron Howard Tulsa: Reggie Williams
When the game was on the line, Ron Howard was on the free-throw line and that's just how Fort Wayne likes it. Howard, who gets to the line as good as anyone in the league, went 11-for-11 from the charity stripe, including four in the final three minutes, and finished with a team-high 21 points on just 10 shots. He also finished with five rebounds and two assists. There’s little left for Uzoh to prove to NBA scouts -- this is his fourth go-round in the NBA D-League and he’s played 60 NBA games -- but in case anyone had doubts, he proved that he can still impact a game on both ends of the floor. The 25-year-old put up a nice line of 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to help Tulsa, minus Top Prospect Grant Jerrett, surprisingly hang with Fort Wayne. But defense is his calling card, so Pistons assignee Peyton Siva’s line (0/5, 4 points) is just as crucial.
Troy Daniels and Chris Wright spoke to NBADLeague.com on Wednesday.
Jan 8 2014 7:13PM

Troy Daniels and Chris Wright, both regulars on the Prospect Watch squared off against each other on Wednesday. Both spoke with NBADLeague.com after the game.

Rio Grande Valley's Robert Covington and Maine's Chris Wright were our Players of the Game.
Jan 8 2014 6:39PM

In the second game of the fourth day of the NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung Galaxy, Rio Grande Valley did what Rio Grande Valley does best -- score. The Vipers hit 18 3-pointers on their way to beating Maine. GAME INFO

Players of the Game: Rio Grande Valley 126, Maine 106
Rio Grande Valley: Robert Covington Maine: Chris Wright
While the Vipers were slow to find their touch, Covington came out of the gates on fire, hitting four of his first five three-point attempts to carry them early. He finished 9/19 overall and 6/10 from deep for 26 points, plus 7 boards. But beyond the box score, it was clear in person that the athletic, 6-8 forward is the key to their unique attack -- a constant threat that defenses have to account for and an ideal pick-and-pop partner. Games like this, his sixth of the season with at least four threes, are exactly what the Rockets are looking for from another of their stretch-4s. An elite athlete, Wright fought his way into the paint at will this afternoon. He was able to finish some tough buckets and also draw contact. In all, Wright went to the line 13 times, making 10. The 6-foot-8 Dayton product also stepped back to hit a 3-pointer which marks a crucial evolution to his game. He's proven that he can rely on his athleticism to succeed near (or above) the rim, but expanding his range could really make him a dynamic scorer. He finished with 25 points on 7-for-13 shooting.
One of the more fun things to watch at Showcase 2014: "Tricky Ricky" in his element with the BayHawks.
Jan 8 2014 5:32PM

Forget what you think you know about Ricky Davis. Everything the man remembered as much for his perceived selfishness as his immense talent did at this NBA D-League Showcase went against the image many NBA fans have of him. He was the consummate team guy, the type of player whose numbers don't totally measure his value, and the captain of the Erie BayHawks ... defense?

That last development came as a surprise even to Davis himself -- who's now full embraced his new "Tricky Ricky" persona at the age of 34 -- after he barked out rotations from the back line, often playing power forward or even center against opponents as big as 6-11, 285-pound former Heat center Dexter Pittman. And the running "Tricky Ricky" dialogue that could be heard from press row was one of Showcase's most entertaining sideshows. A sampling:

"Don't cry, big fella!" -- to Pittman after he was whistled for a foul

"C'mon Trick!" -- to himself after committing another foul

After 6-2 defender Dee Bost called "short" on Davis' jump shot: "You short!"

Erie's Justin Brownlee and Idaho's Pierre Jackson were our Players of the Game.
Jan 8 2014 3:46PM

In the first game of the fourth day of the NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung Galaxy, the Erie BayHawks used a strong fourth quarter to rally past the Idaho Stampede. GAME INFO

Players of the Game: Erie 97, Idaho 90
Erie: Justin Brownlee Idaho: Pierre Jackson
Brownlee is enjoying his time in Reno. After scoring a season-high 35 points on Monday, the St. John's product responded with a near triple-double on Wednesday, going for 13 points (5-for-7 shooting) while dishing out eight assists and pulling down seven boards proving that he's a steady player with a good sense for the game. His passing skills are elite for his size (6-foot-7, 230 pounds) and that could help him fit into an NBA offense with ease. He spent training camp with the Knicks, so he's not that far away from making the leap. If there’s such thing as a quiet 28 points, Pierre Jackson had it on Wednesday in a game that actually lowered his league-leading scoring average. Most of the 5-10 guard’s nine buckets came within the flow of the offense, and he hardly needed his usual flashy set of moves to get them. Yet he still attacked the rim enough to earn 12 free throw attempts (he uncharacteristically missed five of them) and posted 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Jackson leaves Showcase without having a true takeover performance, but also as the guy you can bank on bringing it every night. 
The No. 2 Prospect in the NBA D-League made his bid for the top spot with an eruption in his 2014 Showcase debut.
Jan 7 2014 10:52PM



RELATED: Ebanks' Postgame Interview | Prospect Watch Bio (No. 2)
Check out who is rising and who is falling.
Jan 7 2014 10:39PM

After three days in Reno, Sioux Falls big man Jarvis Varnado has vaulted back into the top five and Canton's Gilbert Brown has entered the rankings for the first time this year. Check out the rankings here.

IN

Gilbert Brown
Rank: 28
OUT

C.J. Leslie
Rank: 30

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE UPDATED RANKINGS

Shabazz Muhammad's electrifying afternoon highlighted the three-game slate in Reno on Tuesday.
Top 10 Performers of Showcase Day 3
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Jan 7 2014 10:19PM

It's not often that a player as talented and well-known as Shabazz Muhammad lands in the NBA D-League, so his 24-point, highlight-filled show on Tuesday was a treat. The extra buzz surrounding his performance lands him the No. 1 spot on our Top Performers list. See who else made the cut:

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Maine's Romero Osby and Austin's Flip Murray were our Players of the Game.
Jan 7 2014 10:02PM

In the third and final game of the third day of the NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung Galaxy, the Maine Red Claws used a balanced attack to defeat the Austin Toros. GAME INFO

Players of the Game: Maine 118, Austin 92
Maine: Romero Osby Austin: Flip Murray
As much as Osby’s stock dropped due to his slow start and shoulder injury, it has risen after three straight 20-point games. The second-round pick from Oklahoma flashed his full offensive arsenal in dropping 21 on 7/14 on Tuesday. He passes the eye test at a stout 6-8, 232 and most impressively made 3 of 5 from three to boost his past three-game total to 10/16. While his lack of a definite position hurts him, he made the case to be a 4 by bodying up Spurs assignee and former NBA D-League No. 1 Prospect Malcolm Thomas. While the NBA D-League is largely a place for younger players to develop, it's also a league where players, from time to time, get to turn back the clock, and that's exactly what Flip Murry did on Tuesday, especially in the first half. The vet of nearly 500 NBA games was aggressive and attacked a paint full of players several years his younger and ended up taking 11 free throws in the first 20 minutes alone, making 10 of them. In the end, Murray finished with a game-high 29 points to go along with five rebounds.
The Minnesota assignee stole the show during Day 3 of the NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung Galaxy.
Muhammad Makes Most of NBA D-League Debut
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Jan 7 2014 7:40PM

In his NBA D-League debut, Minnesota assignee Shabazz Muhammad scored 24 points and had several highlight-worthy finishes. He spoke with NBADLeague.com after the game.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON MUHAMMAD'S GAME

Iowa's Shabazz Muhammad and Bakersfield's James Nunnally were our Players of the Game.
Jan 7 2014 6:05PM

In the second game of the third day of the NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung Galaxy, it was Iowa that was able to prevail in a star-studded shootout with Bakersfield. GAME INFO

Players of the Game: Iowa Energy 133, Bakersfield Jam 121
Iowa: Shabazz Muhammad Bakersfield: James Nunnally
Every once a while a player needs to remind the basketball world -- and himself -- of how good he can be. Muhammad’s timely assignment to the Iowa Energy gave him the chance to do just that. The Timberwolves rookie joined Marquis Teague, Othyus Jeffers and Jarvis Varnado and picked his spots in the flow of the offense to score 12 points in the first half. Then, in the third quarter, he unleashed the star-quality skills that once made him a potential No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. He slashed, slammed and shot his way to 12 more points in less than six minutes, finishing with 24 on 9/13 shooting in 26 minutes. There were six NBA assignments on the court, and several others with NBA experience, but Nunnally still managed to have one of his best all-around games of the year. Known for his shooting -- and he did manage to hit four 3-pointers en route to 19 points on 12 shots -- but what was most telling was that he also finished with nine rebounds and six assists. He's a player that stretches the floor and can fit in any system, but his activity today will certainly help him build on the positive momentum he has built here in Reno. A Call-Up in the near future would not come as a surprise.
Canton's Gilbert Brown Modeling His Game After Coach James Posey
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Jan 7 2014 4:39PM

If Canton Charge wing Gilbert Brown wants to model his game after an NBA player, he doesn’t have to look far -- in fact, he can just look at his own bench, to first-year assistant coach James Posey. Wings that can make threes and play stout defense are more valuable than ever these days, and Posey was one of the best in that role during his playing days (1999-2011). Now, after spending the past two seasons in Puerto Rico and Turkey, Brown is hoping his “three-and-D” skills will be his ticket to the next level.

“When I look at Posey, I try to model some of the things I do after what he did. He was a vital part of two championship teams (2005-06 Heat, 2007-08 Celtics),” the Pittsburgh product said after scoring 24 points on Tuesday.

And how does his coach view the comparison?

“Gilbert’s big and athletic -- more athletic than I ever was,” Posey said. “To go to the next level, it’s about accepting your role and doing it the best you can. He’s a good kid and he works hard, so it’s just a matter of him getting an opportunity.”

Canon's Gilbert Brown and Texas' Devin Ebanks were our Players of the Game.
Jan 7 2014 4:02PM

In the first game of the third day of the NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung Galaxy, the Canton Charge used a dominant first half to surge past the Texas Legends. GAME INFO

Players of the Game: Canton 112, Texas 94
Canton: Gilbert Brown Texas: Devin Ebanks
Brown was already gaining steam heading into Showcase -- busting loose with a 30-point game on Jan. 2 -- and in Reno he’s had the look of an NBA wing. While he projects as a Bruce Bowen or James Posey (his assistant coach with Canton) type three-and-D role player, on Tuesday he was the Charge’s star, with a coolly efficient 24 points on 6/11 from the field, 3/5 from three and 9/10 from the line. That brings him to five straight games in double figures and 12 of his last 18 from deep. It wouldn't have come as a shock to see NBA scouts stopping Ebanks before he took the court for the second half to see if they could sign him. Our No. 2 overall Prospect thrived in the first half, displaying a skillset that makes him an ideal stretch four on the next level. Ebanks went 4-for-5 from downtown and had 22 points...in the first half. Canton keyed on him in the second and half and he finished with only 27 points, but he showed what makes him an elite Prospect who appears read to be called up any day. He also chipped in with six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
After two days in Reno, we have a new No. 1 Prospect.
Jan 7 2014 12:21AM

After two days in Reno we have a new No. 1 overall Prospect. And he's a familiar face. Idaho's Pierre Jackson, after scoring 33 points and handing out eight assists, has vaulted back into the top overall spot. Check out the rankings here.

IN

James Southerland
Rank: 29
OUT

Josh Howard
Rank: 29

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE UPDATED RANKINGS

High-flyer Darren White starred off the bench for Erie, earning a spot on the Top Performers list.
Top 10 Performers of Showcase Day 2
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Jan 7 2014 2:21AM

On another day loaded with NBA assignees, the NBA D-League's No. 1 Prospect Pierre Jackson stole the show, a few veterans turned in standout efforts, and Justin Brownlee and Darren White came out of nowhere to explode for the BayHawks. Here are the top 10 performers of Showcase Day 2:

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Los Angeles' Jamario Moon and Sioux Falls' Justin Hamilton were Players of the Game.
Jan 7 2014 12:28AM

In the final game of the second day of the NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung Galaxy, five L.A. D-Fenders scored in double figures as they rolled past the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Player of the Game: Los Angeles 116, Sioux Falls 109
Los Angeles: Jamario Moon Sioux Falls: Justin Hamilton
L.A. rolled in a lineup stacked with three NBA veterans, and it showed in the way they took care of business and spread the wealth on offense. So while it may not appear so in the box score, Moon jumped out the most, looking very much like the player who was a quality NBA bench option just a few years ago. Even better, he still looked very much like the player who, at a spry 33, participated in the 2008 Dunk Contest. It added up to 14 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Hamilton struggled to find his shot early, but a strong second half salvaged a solid nightcap for the 7-footer. After shooting 4-for-13 in the first half, Hamilton shot 4-for-6 in the second half to finish with 20 points. He also showed off his ability to step back and connect from 3-point range, going 2-for-5 from distance on the night. Coming into this game, Hamilton had missed 25 of his last 31 shots, so this effort might get him on the right track.
Austin's Malcolm Thomas and Erie's Justin Brownlee were the Players of the Game.
Jan 6 2014 9:45PM

In the third game of the second day of the NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung Galaxy, a pair of Spurs assignees helped Austin hold off a determined Erie squad.

Players of the Game: Austin 114, Erie 103
Austin: Malcolm Thomas Erie: Justin Brownlee
He got off to a slow start, but Spurs assignee Malcolm Thomas, who began the season our No. 1 Overall Prospect, helped Austin secure the win down the stretch. In the fourth quarter alone, Thomas had six points, seven rebounds and two assists. In fact, only four of his 20 points and five of his game-high 14 rebounds came in the first half. For the game, he shot 9-for-13 from the floor and also added six assists. Brownlee hadn’t had a game like this since his days in junior college six years ago. The 6-7 combo forward entered Monday averaging 8.6 points per game -- in line with his numbers in two years at St. John’s -- then proceeded to pour in 35 on an efficient 12/20 (4/6 from three, 7/8 from the line). He added 10 rebounds and three assists for good measure. It was the type of eye-opening performance that Showcase is made for, the perfect way to propel himself onto the prospect radar.
Jan 6 2014 8:21PM

Santa Cruz center Dewayne Dedmon is blessed with the rare combination of size and athleticism -- not to mention youth and potential at 24 years old with just six years of organized basketball experience -- so he shouldn't be waiting long for another NBA team to come calling. While he didn't post his usual monster numbers on Monday, he did deliver two jaw-dropping highlights and two money quotes to match. Here's the 7-footer's chase-down block and putback dunk:

And here's him talking about his overall development this season and cracking a smile about those plays -- "I saw he was going up soft so I just cleaned house with that one," he said of the block, and on the dunk: "Nobody boxed me out so that was all mine; I had to eat that one up."

Fort Wayne's Ron Howard and Santa Cruz' Cameron Jones were the Players of the Game.
Jan 6 2014 6:58PM

In the second game of the second day of the NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung Galaxy, Fort Wayne mounted a furious comeback in the second half and erased a 14-point deficit to defeat Santa Cruz.

Player of the Game: Fort Wayne 101, Santa Cruz 97
Fort Wayne: Ron Howard Santa Cruz: Cameron Jones
Three NBA players were on assignment for Fort Wayne, but it was Mr. Mad Ant himself, Ron Howard, that was the best player on the floor for the Mad Ants. Despite taking a spill and missing some of the second half while he got checked out, Howard relentlessly attacked the basket and shot 19 free throws, making 16, on the afternoon. Even more important, all but four of the free throws came in the second half when Fort Wayne was mounting its rally. In all, he finished with a game-high 28 points on just 15 shots. Fittingly, his two free throws with .9 seconds left sealed the victory for Fort Wayne. Jones was his usual steady self, scoring 12 points in the first half to contribute to the Warriors’ surprising 14-point halftime lead and 11 in the second half to keep them in the game. He shot 9 of 19 and more importantly -- considering the NBA decision-makers in attendance -- 3 of 4 from downtown. With Seth Curry gone and Nemanja Nedovic injured, Jones has also gotten the chance to take over as a primary ball-handler, and turned it over just twice on Monday despite the added responsibility.
Jan 6 2014 4:52PM

As a player, James Posey won a championship as the consummate role player for both the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics -- experience he's drawing on as he begins the next chapter of his career as a coach. Here's what he had to say about how he ended up back in his home state of Ohio and his path to achieving his long-term goal of becoming an NBA head coach:

Two of our top forward Prospects faced off on Monday. Hear what they had to say after the game.
Jan 6 2014 4:24PM

2014 Showcase Blog
For a league dedicated to getting its players, coaches and front office personnel to the NBA, there is no more important week than the NBA D- League Showcase presented by Samsung Galaxy. All 17 NBA D-League teams, as well as personnel for all 30 NBA teams, will converge on Reno for 17 games over five days. This blog is your source for all the information from the ground.

Important Links
Game Results | Prospect Watch
Team Capsules | Top Storylines
Intriguing Players | Players on Assignment
Video | Center Court App
NBA D-League 101 | NBA.com/DLeague/Stats







2014 Showcase Schedule
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Delaware 108, Reno 103 (OT)Players of the Game
Bakersfield 120, Sioux Falls, 85Players of the Game
Monday, January 6, 2014
Idaho 93, Canton 88Players of the Game
Fort Wayne 101, Santa Cruz 97Players of the Game
Austin 114, Erie 103Players of the Game
Los Angeles 116, Sioux Falls 109 Players of the Game
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Canton 112, Texas 94Players of the Game
Iowa 133, Bakersfield 121Players of the Game
Maine 118, Austin 92Players of the Game
Los Angeles vs. TulsaPPD
Wednesday, January 8, 2013
Erie 97, Idaho 90Players of the Game
Rio Grande Valley 126, Maine 106Players of the Game
Tulsa 105, Fort Wayne 97Players of the Game
Reno 121, Springfield 79Players of the Game
Thursday, January 9, 2013
Texas 113, Delaware 108Players of the Game
Santa Cruz 127, Rio Grande Valley 115 Players of the Game
Iowa 143, Springfield 132Players of the Game
SCHEDULE | *All times Eastern


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