NBA D-League Player Rankings Week 11
There was quite a lot of movement this week on the D-League player rankings board. Briante Weber (Sioux Falls Skyforce) and Ray McCallum (Grand Rapids Drive) earned 10-day contracts this past weekend, leaving the No. 1 and No. 2 rankings wide open.
Meanwhile, fifth-ranked Xavier Munford (Greensboro Swarm) accepted a buyout of his D-League contract, to sign and play overseas in Spain.
For those unfamiliar with our voting process, here’s how it works. Each of our contributors fills out a ballot ranking the Top-15 prospects in the D-League (with the exception of draft-and-stash players as their rights are held exclusively by an NBA team). A No. 1 ranking earns 15 points, No. 2 receives 14 and so forth. The Top-10 players with the highest cumulative ranking make the cut each week.
To view last week’s rankings, click here.
Players whose rights are held by an NBA team (Abdel Nader, Dakari Johnson, etc;) are not eligible for our player rankings as an NBA team owns their player rights.
Though Weber might have signed with the Golden State Warriors, a familiar Skyforce veteran takes over as this week’s No. 1 prospect.
Keith Benson is one of two players averaging 20-plus points to go with 10-or-more rebounds. He was named to this year’s D-League All-Star game, set to place Saturday Feb. 18 in New Orleans.
Vander Blue (LA D-Fenders) did his part to fill the void by coming in as our No. 2 overall ranked player in the D-League. Blue currently sits as the fifth all-time scorer in D-League history (3,738 career points) and would need just four more points to move into fourth overall.
If Blue keeps his scoring pace up this season, there’s a good chance he could break 4,000 points for his career this season, a mark only held by two other people in D-League history (Ron Howard, Renaldo Major).
The player rankings saw three newcomers this week as Kevin Murphy (Grand Rapids Drive)returned to the Top-10 after dropping out of the rankings last week. Phil Pressey (Santa Cruz Warriors) has seen his play improve over the last few weeks as he looks to facilitate more on the offensive end as opposed to being a scoring-first point guard.
Hollis Thompson (Austin Spurs) makes his debut on the player rankings this season at eighth overall. Thompson was originally acquired by the Windy City Bulls, but was dealt to the Spurs in a trade that sent Jarell Eddie to Chicago’s D-League affiliate.
|1.||Keith Benson||Sioux Falls Skyforce||20.1||10.1||0.7||3.|
|2.||Vander Blue||Los Angeles D-Fenders||24.4||4.8||2.5||4.|
|3.||Elijah Millsap||Northern Arizona Suns||19.1||8.4||4.0||10.|
|4.||Eric Moreland||Canton Charge||13.0||11.7||2.8||9.|
|5.||Quinn Cook||Canton Charge||25.8||4.1||6.2||7.|
|6.||Kevin Murphy||Grand Rapids Drive||21.8||5.8||1.5||Unranked|
|7.||Phil Pressey||Santa Cruz Warriors||19.0||4.7||6.8||Unranked|
|8.||Hollis Thompson||Austin Spurs||17.0||4.2||1.6||Unranked|
|9.||Manny Harris||Texas Legends||27.0||7.2||3.9||8,|
|10.||Jalen Jones||Maine Red Claws||21.5||8.9||2.4||6.|
On the cusp:
Shawn Long (Delaware 87ers)
Ryan Kelly (Maine Red Claws)