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 came 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 tallied up their own rankings along with the rankings of the four panelists and published the results.
Below are this week’s results from the final poll of the 2016-17 season.
|Prospect Watch Rankings: Week 21 (April 4)|
|1||Pierre Jackson||Texas Legends||123||1|
|2||Abdel Nader||Maine Red Claws||111||3|
|3||Ray McCallum||Grand Rapids Drive||107||5|
|4||Vander Blue||Los Angeles D-Fenders||106||2|
|5||Eric Moreland||Canton Charge||102||4|
|6||Lorenzo Brown||Grand Rapids Drive||97||6|
|7||Jabari Brown||Santa Cruz Warriors||89||7|
|8||John Holland||Canton Charge||78||14|
|9||Keith Benson||Sioux Falls Skyforce||78||9|
|10||Jalen Jones||Maine Red Claws||76||9|
|11||Dakari Johnson||Oklahoma City Blue||71||10|
|12||Elijah Millsap||Northern Arizona Suns||60||13|
|13||Guerschon Yabusele||Maine Red Claws||54||Inactive|
|14||Kendall Marshall||Reno Bighorns||50||16|
|15||Hollis Thompson||Austin Spurs||44||11|
|16||Jameel Warney||Texas Legends||42||12|
|17||Axel Toupane||Raptors 905||42||19|
|18||Phil Pressey||Santa Cruz Warriors||39||18|
|19||Josh Magette||Los Angeles D-Fenders||30||20|
|20||Ben Bentil||Fort Wayne Mad Ants||29||15|
|21||Tyler Hansbrough||Fort Wayne Mad Ants||25||22|
|22||Jaron Johnson||RGV Vipers||25||17|
|23||Isaiah Cousins||Reno Bighorns||21||—|
|24||Kevin Murphy||Grand Rapids Drive||21||—|
|25||Cliff Alexander||Long Island Nets||18||24|
Others receiving votes: Kalin Lucas (Erie BayHawks) 16, Alex Caruso (Oklahoma City Blue) 16, Daniel Hamilton (Oklahoma City Blue) 12, Russ Smith (Delaware 87ers) 11, Ben Gordon (Texas Legends) 7, Xavier Silas (Northern Arizona Suns) 5, Greg Whittington (Sioux Falls Skyforce) 5, Jonathan Holmes (Canton Charge) 4, Trey McKinney-Jones (Fort Wayne Mad Ants) 4, Justin Harper (Los Angeles D-Fenders) 2, Darius Morris (RGV Vipers) 2, JaKarr Sampson (Iowa Energy) 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