The Prospect Watch is NBADLeague.com’s weekly ranking of the Top 25 Prospects — players eligible to be called up to the NBA — in the NBA Development League.
This year’s Prospect Watch comes with a brand-new panel consisting of four experts who have joined NBADLeague.com’s rankings committee (from left to right): Longtime NBA scouting consultant Ryan Blake, NBA.com national writer Scott Howard-Cooper, and former players Kelenna Azubuike and Coleman Collins.
Each Wednesday, the NBADLeague.com editors will tally up their own rankings along with the rankings of the four panelists and publish the results.
Below are this week’s results.
|Prospect Watch Rankings: Week 13 (February 8)|
|1||Vander Blue||Los Angeles D-Fenders||118||3|
|2||Abdel Nader||Maine Red Claws||117||4|
|3||Anthony Brown||Erie BayHawks||111||Inactive|
|4||Keith Benson||Sioux Falls Skyforce||106||5|
|5||Eric Moreland||Canton Charge||100||6|
|6||Quinn Cook||Canton Charge||95||7|
|7||Hollis Thompson||Austin Spurs||86||12|
|8||Jalen Jones||Maine Red Claws||85||8|
|9||Dakari Johnson||Oklahoma City Blue||74||10|
|10||Manny Harris||Texas Legends||69||15|
|11||Elijah Millsap||Northern Arizona Suns||68||11|
|12||Ben Bentil||Fort Wayne Mad Ants||67||—|
|13||Jordan Crawford||Grand Rapids Drive||60||14|
|14||Ryan Kelly||Maine Red Claws||60||22|
|15||Kevin Murphy||Grand Rapids Drive||60||13|
|16||Axel Toupane||Raptors 905||52||16|
|17||Phil Pressey||Santa Cruz Warriors||44||17|
|18||John Holland||Canton Charge||39||20|
|19||Josh Magette||Los Angeles D-Fenders||35||19|
|20||Will Bynum||Windy City Bulls||31||21|
|21||Cory Jefferson||Austin Spurs||24||23|
|22||Shawn Long||Delaware 87ers||22||24|
|23||Ben Gordon||Texas Legends||18||—|
|24||Kalin Lucas||Erie BayHawks||17||—|
|25||Russ Smith||Delaware 87ers||16||18|
Others receiving votes: Branden Dawson (Erie BayHawks) 15, Chris Johnson (RGV Vipers) 14, Patrick Miller (Sioux Falls Skyforce) 14, Alex Poythress (Fort Wayne Mad Ants) 11, Travis Leslie (Fort Wayne Mad Ants) 10, James Webb III (Delaware 87ers) 9, Christopher Evans (Canton Charge) 6, Darius Morris (RGV Vipers) 3, JaKarr Sampson (Iowa Energy) 2, Henry Walker (Sioux Falls Skyforce) 2, Justin Harper (Los Angeles D-Fenders) 1, Brady Heslip (Raptors 905) 1
Each week, the five Prospect Watch panelists submit their personal rankings of the Top 25 prospects in the NBA D-League.
Each ranking is assigned a point value from 1 to 25, with the No. 1 spot being worth 25 points, the No. 2 spot being worth 24 points and so on through the No. 25 spot (1 point).
Point totals for each player are added up, and the players with the 25 highest scores are ranked from highest total to lowest total each week.
Ties are broken by:
1) Which player appeared on more ballots
2) Which player received the highest individual ranking
3) Which player is ranked higher on NBADLeague.com’s ballot