Guard | 5-11, 185 | Returning
Showcase Day 1: On Monday, it was all on display. The slingshot first step. The proclivity for penetration. The ability to rain from outside. The willingness to leave some skin behind to track down a loose ball. Through the first half of the D-Fenders' loss to RGV on Monday, Fortson looked like the most NBA-ready player on the floor, including then-assignment Darius Johnson-Odom. But he did look like he lost focus late, getting charred on a few defensive matchups. And he definitely lost his touch late, finishing 8-for-21 from the field. However, his six assists came on just two turnovers, along with seven boards.
Showcase Day 2: In a matchup between our experts' picks for the top two point guards in the NBA D-League, Fortson won. Going for 25 points, 7 boards and 5 assists in 43 minutes -- after playing just a day prior -- he propelled a dinged-up D-Fenders team to the win. And for a player who models his leadership style after Chris Paul, the game was a mini-masterpiece.
Before Showcase: No. 7
Center | 7-0, 253 | Waiver Claim
Showcase Day 1: Out of the 80-plus players in action on Monday, nobody impacted the game like Jordan, who fires up the Prospect Watch as the league's top center. Though he only grabbed six rebounds tonight, he blocked three shots and pried a succession of Armor bigs out of the lane. On the offensive end, he went to the line 12 times -- as defenders had no choice but to hack him -- en route to 22 points.
Showcase Day 3: Jordan slogged through a mid-game lull, but finished, as he tends to do, with one of the game's best lines. Scoring 18 points on 12 shots, he grabbed eight boards -- below his usual average -- and patrolled the middle against quality Erie big men. He gave up athleticism to Henry Sims, but generally forced Erie's Top Prospect big man out of the lane. His best sequence came when, at 1:47 left in the fourth, he recovered a blocked RUssell Walker shot and dropped it in, then slid weakside for a big block with the shot clock expiring. Jordan looked gassed in the third quarter, but found some late spark to help Reno take a tight win at home in front of its home fans.
Before Showcase: No. 10
Forward | 6-3, 215 | Drafted Player
Showcase Day 3: Mack got to Reno just in time, but he show no signs of jet lag. Just days after being waived by Washington, the Butler product showed up all over the place -- scoring 24 points, handing out seven assists and grabbing seven rebounds. He did have to take 19 shots to score 24 and he did have three turnovers, but all in all, he solidified himself as one of the top point guards in the NBA D-League, and one of the most likely to receive a 10-day contract.
Before Showcase: In NBA (with Wizards)
Guard | 6-1, 205 | Affiliate Player
Showcase Day 2: In one of the best one-on-one matchups Showcase had (or has) to offer, Wright didn't have the flash that Fortson did, but he still put together a night that showed off everything that's made him one of the league's elite talents this year -- and certainly one of its top three point guards. Despite a rough night shooting (1-for-6), he still pulled down seven rebounds with nine assists (to three turnovers). Where Fortson sprints, Wright plods. No other point guard looks so completely in control of the game, and of the players who could finish this week at No. 1, Wright's one of 'em.
Showcase Day 4: Wright has a feel for the offense like few guards in this league. He consistently finds the right man and makes the correct read when he gets into the lane. He's also shown an ability to score when in the paint, whether it be by pull-up jumpers or absorbing contact, and that's something that separates him from many other NBA D-League point guards. Wright was also active defensively, accounting for six steals. The rest of his stat line reads 14 points, six rebounds and six assists. One of the week's top performers, he only falls a spot because of Mack's return.
Before Showcase: No. 3
Center | 6-9, 275 | Drafted
Injuries cut short Onuaku's college career, but, at full strength, nobody can bring down boards like the former Syracuse big man. Strong and active, he can finish in the paint and compensates for a slight height disadvantage by using a big frame to clear the lane.
Showcase Update: Onuaku suffered a lower-leg injury last week, so he's been placed on the Inactive List during Showcase. But after the first day, no one played quite well enough to dislodge him from the pedestal -- especially because Onuaku's PER of 27.79 is 28 percent higher than any other Prospect with more than 300 minutes in the NBA D-League this year.
Before Showcase: No. 1
Forward | 6-8, 225 | Returning
Wright can get it done on both ends of the floor. Though he still needs work from 3-point range, his strength and explosiveness combined with a mid-range game make him a threat from 18 feet and in. A hungry rebounder and a sheriff in the paint, Wright can jump out of the gym.
Before Showcase: No. 2
Guard | 6-4, 205 | Drafted
Showcase Day 2: Tuesday was not kind to Leslie. The NBA D-League Performer of the Month was laboring through a rare off night from the field -- after posting a a 52.9-percent mark so far on the year -- before he injured his groin on a missed dunk in the second half and had to be helped off the court. He said that the injury wasn't as serious as he thought, however, and that he might be on the court when the Warriors play on Thursday.
Showcase Day 4: Leslie registered a DNP, with his ankle keeping him out of action on Thursday.
Before Showcase: No. 4
Guard | 6-6, 215 | Returning Player
Showcase Day 3: Kennedy was extremely active in the first half before cooling in the second half, including a crucial turnover late. Even so, Kennedy truly does a little bit of everything for BayHawks. He guards multiple positions, can score in a variety of ways and, at times, orchestrates the offense. While he stuffs the stat sheet -- he had 18 points, five rebounds and five assists tonight -- he also excels at plays that don't show in any box score, like extending plays and being in the right spot defensively.
Showcase Day 4: Kennedy opened his first game at Showcase in a controlled, patient surge. He played virtually the whole thing like that on Thursday, running at the Texas defense and forcing harm all night long. Kennedy needed just 11 shots to get his 20 points, thanks to a 10-for-10 line from the stripe, while also picking up nine rebounds. Always one of the league's top triple-double threats, Kennedy made a mark this week.
Before Showcase: No. 8
Forward | 6-8, 200 | Affiliate
Showcase Day 2: Summers doesn't normally create a ton of his shots, but with the Red Claws shorthanded -- Fab Melo and No. 3 Prospect Chris Wright both sat out with concussions -- he took over the game. Tulsa could have won this one by 20 or more had the former NBA forward not gone for 31 points on 10-for-17 shooting (including a 10-for-11 clip from the line). He'll make a leap in the Prospect Watch accordingly.
Showcase Day 3: Summers, who came into Showcase on a hot streak, capped off an impressive two-game Showcase by scoring a game-high 29 points on 12-for-22 scoring. He can score in a variety of different ways -- mid-range jumpers, 3-point shooting, on the low block -- and it showed on Wednesday. He added eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Before Showcase: No. 22
Forward | 6-8, 240 | Waiver Claim
Showcase Day 3: To paraphrase Herm, Harangody did what we thought he could do. Playing against a bigger mark -- Tim Ohlbrecht in this case (not to mention fellow lane-fillers Terrence Jones, Veron Macklin and Hassan Whiteside) -- he wedged his body into position for rebounds he had no business grabbing, finishing with a game-high 27 points and 18 boards. Offensively, he showed off the same ability to get to the rim (and draw fouls) he had at Notre Dame, in addition to some shot-creation capacity (mostly with well-choreographed pump fakes). He still has, and probably will always have, problems stopping guys in the lane, but the energy and basketball IQ remain untouched.
Showcase Day 4: Just pencil him in for a double-double every time he hits the floor. After a slow start, Harangody finished with a game-high 10 boards and 18 points on 8-for-16 shooting. Taking on Daniel Orton and a number of very big Tulsa bigs, Harangody still found ways to come down with the ball after it went up.
Before Showcase: No. 14
Guard | 6-3, 200 | Drafted
Once near the top of the nation in scoring while at the College of Charleston, Goudelock is now one of the best pure scorers in the NBA D-League. Dubbed "Mini Mamba" by Kobe Bryant himself, Goudelock can stretch the defense and also slash and get into the lane.
Showcase Day 1: Goudelock can score, sure. In droves. And he even did it at a pretty good rate on Monday, going 6-for-10 from the field. But there are a lot of guys in the NBA D-League who can score, and even more in the NBA. He'll need to attack the hoop a little harder (in 42 minutes, he didn't attempt a foul shot) and show a little more on the defensive end to make the leap.
Showcase Day 3: Goudelock showed off a solid runner, but failed to get into a rhythm on Tuesday. The former College of Charleston star went 6-for-19 from the floor, including a 1-for-8 clip from 3-point range. He did finish with 18 points, to go along with four assists and three rebounds, but for a player like Goudelock to keep his reputation as a lethal scorer, he'll need to to put up bigger numbers when he takes that many shots.
Before Showcase: No. 5
Guard | 6-3, 205 | Returning Player
Showcase Day 1: Uzoh can create a shot for himself. He can split a lane down the middle. He can get a defender up in the air. But this year, he just hasn't been able to finish. He suffered through more of the same on Monday, going 5-for-17 from the field in Springfield's loss to Reno. And with the Bighorn defense forcing him to shoot, he only assisted on one bucket and turned the ball over twice. He'll heat up -- and defense remains the core of his game -- but until he does, he's clinging to the ledge of the Top 10.
Showcase Day 3: Uzoh's Achilles' Heel is his shooting and it flared up during showcase. Following a 4-for-11 performance on Wednesday, Uzoh finished Showcase by shooting 9-for-28. His athleticism can carry him into the paint, but he struggles to finish in and around the paint. His defense is still his top skill, but his offensive game needs to catch up.
Before Showcase: No. 6
Center/Forward | 6-11, 255 | Drafted
Showcase Day 1: It was an inopportune time for him to have his worst game of the season, but Ohlbrecht struggled against Los Angeles on Monday. He found himself in foul trouble and finished with only two points and three rebounds in 21 minutes. Expect a much better performance on Wednesday.
Showcase: After his worst performance of the year on Monday, Ohlbrecht bounced back and stayed in attack mode throughout. He asserted himself from the beginning, most notably on the offensive end, and held his own against Fort Wayne's Luke Harangody. The 24-year-old Germany native finished with 22 points and nine rebounds. Incredibily efficient, Ohlbrecht hit eight of his 11 shots from the field and all six of his free throws.
Before Showcase: No. 13
Guard | 6-11, 210 | Waiver Claim
Showcase Day 2: The former NBA big man and 2010-11 NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year started strong and still finished with 11 rebounds (with only six points, however). He still has trouble holding his ground against thicker, stronger opponents -- he gave ground repeatedly to Rick Jackson and Tyler Wilkerson -- but his athleticism and length shone through on both sides of the floor.
Showcase Day 4: Joining forces with Gladness on the inside, Johnson helped to re-route virtually every Canton shot that came from anywhere within eight feet from the basket. The former NBA D-Leagu Defensive Player of the Year swatted three shots and pulled down five rebounds while going for 17 points on 13 shots.
Before Showcase: No. 21
Guard | 7-0, 235 | Waiver Claim
Tall, strong and with a lot of hops for his height, Whiteside won't stay around the NBA D-League for too long. Even in 18 games with the Kings in 2011-12, he pulled down more than a rebound every three minutes. His offense still has some frayed edges, but defensively, the league doesn't have a much more formidable force.
Showcase Day 1: The former Kings big man only played 20 minutes, but he made himself known to pretty much anybody who came into the lane, going for 19 points and 17 boards. The guy can jump. He also looks to have bulked up a little bit, and continually beat his defenders -- including Robert Sacre -- to the ball, earning himself a couple put-backs. His scoring wasn't all garbage buckets, either, with a couple workable post moves thrown in.
Showcase Day 3: After a strong outing in RGV's first game, Whiteside ceded minutes to Tim Ohlbrecht, Vernon Macklin and Houston assignee Terrence Jones down low. The 7-foot center played only six minutes and contributed three points and no rebounds. Consistency is key to Call-Ups, and Whiteside did not show it this week.
Before Showcase: Unranked
Forward | 6-7, 225 | Affiliate Player
Showcase Day 1: James, true to form, missed a bunch of shots (6-for-20 from the field). But, the other side of that coin (as it always is) was that James managed to affect the game in almost every other way. With nine boards, four assists, three steals and two blocks, the former Net -- now fully recovered from an injury that cut short his season last year -- was everywhere.
Showcase Day 3: James moved as well as we've seen him this year, flying up and down the court all day. If any doubts hung around about whether or not he's fully recovered from his injury -- or if he's in NBA-ready shape -- you can check them at the door. In his second straight Top-5 performance, the former Net needed just 13 shots to hit 26 points. Instead of testing out his mid-range game, he gashed the Maine defense and finished with an array of acrobatics near the rim. He also pulled down seven boards, capping off one of the more impressive showings at Showcase.
Before Showcase: No. 26
Guard | 6-4, 205 | Affiliate Player
Showcase Day 1: Roberts, one of the league's most efficient shooters, shined in his Showcase debut on Monday. Jarringly unspectacular -- in a bit of a rarity among elite guards, Roberts tends toward the passes and plays he should make instead of the ones he could -- he had a number of talent evaluators talking about his NBA-style game.
Showcase Day 4: Roberts' supreme athleticism was on display tonight as he had both a monstrous two-handed slam in transition and a huge block of D.J. Kennedy late in the fourth quarter. He struggled from behind the arc where he went 2-for-10, although some of those misses came in desperation time, and he finished with 13 points. On the defensive end, he contributed with four steals and six rebounds.
Before Showcase: On the Cusp
Guard | 6-0, 185 | Drafted
Singletary, without a whole lot of fanfare (mostly because he spent the first part of the year playing with Chris Douglas-Roberts) has turned himself into one of the more reliable point guards in the league. Good for a half-dozen each game, he almost never turns the ball over. Size may hold him back, but his handle and quickness breathe life into his Prospect potential.
Showcase Day 1: Singletary, as he has all season, showed great command of the Texas offense, dishing out 11 assists and committing only one turnover. True to form, he also had 14 points (on 5-for-9 shooting) and grabbed six rebounds. He's quickly emerging as one of the top point guards in the NBA D-League.
Showcase: Singletary looked to score more tonight and his shot didn't fall as much as he'd like, but he was still able to get to the line and be productive from there -- he went 9-for-12 from the charity stripe and finished with 17 points. He had six rebounds and four assists in this physical game, but he also committed five turnovers.
Before Showcase: Unranked
Center | 7-0, 240 | Affiliate Player
The Georgetown product plays with energy and a whole lot of basketball IQ. Today, he could solidify an NBA lane on the defensive end. For a big man, however, he's a little lacking on the rebounding end and could use a few more post moves to round out his offensive game.
Sims has an NBA-ready mid-range game and he showed that off on Wednesday as he scored 16 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Sims even stepped back and hit his only 3-point attempt on the night. Teams would like to see him use his 6-foot-10, 245 pound frame more on the low block and keep his mid-range jumpers as more of a complimentary piece, but he consistently finds a way to produce points. He also had seven rebounds.
Showcase Day 4: Sims missed a bunch of shots on Thursday, going 3-for-12 as he settled for mid-range shots instead of using his size inside. But he also grabbed 10 rebounds, showing a commitment to picking up boards that he doesn't always bring. He also notched four assists.
Before Showcase: No. 11
Forward | 6-8, 200 | Affiliate
Downs is a tough defender who's built a reputation for his lightning-quick hands and active feet. He's spent the season filling up the stat sheet, but still remains prone to turning the ball over a little too much.
Showcase Day 2: Built more like a wing, Downs brought the ball up the floor a great deal for the injury-stricken Red Claws and looked pretty comfortable doing it. Faster than expected with a trusty handle, Downs' shot wasn't falling (and, in truth, he'd break into the Top 10 if it did a little more), but he created looks for himself all day long, often with Jeremy Lamb defending him. Defensively, he got beat badly a couple times by Lamb, but managed to stick with the Lotto pick for a good chunk of the day.
Showcase Day 3: Wednesday suited Downs just fine. In a game that moved at the pace of a streetball game, the Red Claws swingman looked comfortable for nearly all of the 41 minutes he played. Able to show off his controlled quickness (though he did turn the ball over four times), he went for 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting.
Before Showcase: No. 19
Forward | 6-7, 225 | Returning Player
Showcase Day 1: We all know Landry can shoot and that was on full display Monday as he went 7-for-13 from 3-point range and finished with 27 points as he led Reno to a comeback victory over Springfield. He's a bit of a one-trick pony, but tonight, that was enough.
Showcase Day 3: Here's the other side of that one-trick pony stuff. Landry, who competed in the Showcase 3-Point Contest before hitting the floor for Reno on Wednesday night, never caught the same wave of fire he rode on Monday. But he still defended, and still grabbed a couple rebounds. But when his shot's not falling, Landry needs to do a few more things to affect the game. Still, the league doesn't have many -- if any -- players who can hit shots like Reno's gunner can.
Before Showcase: No. 24
Forward | 6-8, 240 | Affiliate Player
Showcase Day 2: It was quiet, but Wilkerson had an efficient performance with 12 points (on 5-for-7 shooting) and eight rebounds. His scoring numbers could have been higher if he didn't miss four of his six free-throw attempts.
Showcase Day 4: Working against Quincy Miller for a good portion of his day, Wilkerson kept pace with the Denver assignment. Playing dual roles of facilitator -- Austin used its high-post system a great deal -- and bruiser, Wilkerson grabbed seven rebounds in a little under 30 minutes, along with 15 points on 11 shots.
Before Showcase: No. 16
Forward | 6-8, 214 | Returning
One of the league's biggest surprises in 2012-13, Flowers has made up for a little bit of a height deficiency by hitting shot after shot from all around the floor -- including 3-point land -- and showing an ability to defend both forward positions. Active on defense and comfortable in the pick-and-roll, Flowers is a bigtime sleeper. He sat out on Monday because of a hyper-extended knee.
Showcase Day 2: Still hobbled by the knee injury that kept him out of Monday's game, Flowers struggled early, coming up short on his jumpers. But he found the stroke as the game went on, and ended up making a couple big buckets late, including one to put the game mostly out of reach with a minute left, when he grabbed an offensive board and dropped in a put-back.
Before Showcase: No. 15
Guard | 6-10, 227 | Waiver Claim
A rugged forward with 23 NBA games on his resume, Macklin immediately became one of the most NBA-ready big men in the league when he signed with Rio Grande Valley in late December. The University of Florida product can score in a few different ways around the rim and is an elite rebounder.
Showcase Day 1: Macklin only got 15 minutes on Monday as L.A. used a primarily smaller lineup to counter RGV's size, but the Florida product still managed eight points and three rebounds. As his minutes increase, his numbers should go up exponentially.
Showcase Day 3: The 6-foot-10 center made his presence felt when he was in the game as RGV had an edge in size in this matchup. Macklin scored eight points (4-for-5 shooting) and grabbed seven rebounds in 20 minutes of action. The former NBA big man also blocked two shots.
Before Showcase: No. 27
Guard | 6-9, 240 | Affiliate Player
At 6-foot-9, the Syracuse product shares the same height as a lot of NBA hopefuls that are currently in the D-League. But at 240 pounds, he knows how to throw his body around. His top skill is rebounding, but he can also finish around the basket with a few different moves.
Showcase Day 2: Despite giving up a few inches to Santa Cruz center Chris Johnson. Jackson was more physical at the point of attack, finishing with 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting and 14 rebounds in 30 minutes. This was only the second time the Syracuse product played 30 minutes or more this season and performances like this could raise some NBA eyebrows.
Showcase Day 4: Jackson, one of the league's leaders in efficiency, didn't waste any time on Thursday, rolling out to nine boards and six points at the half, en route to a 10-10 double-double. He also made a few nifty passes out of the post, holding the ball high, making the right read and showing himself capable of keeping an offense running without a hitch.
Before Showcase: On the Cusp
Guard | 6-0, 185 | Returning
Showcase Day 2: Dentmon got off to a slow start on Tuesday and was never really able to turn it around. He finished with only six points on 2-for-11 shooting and had five turnovers. In his defense, he was a game-high +26 while on the floor.
Showcase Day 4: Still fighting a pulled hamstring, Dentmon once again struggled from the field, going 6-for-16 in Austin's OT win over Iowa on Thursday night. He did hit a couple late shots, though, showing flashes of the Dentmon that diced up the NBA D-League last year. Once fully healthy, we'll get a better look at what he can bring to an NBA team now. At the moment, though, Dentmon's going without that extra burst that usually makes him such a danger.
Before Showcase: No. 20
Forward | 6-10, 220 | Drafted
Showcase Day 2: Johnson, who was traded two weeks ago, looked like he was still getting used to his new Canton team on Tuesday, laboring to get into any sort of rhythm. He did block two shots, but went only 1-for-8 from the field and overall played a step behind the pace. Johnson, the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA D-League Draft, will climb this list at some point. He'll just need to show another level of aggression to do it.
Showcase Day 4: The skills are there. The height, too. And, most of the time, so is the effort. Johnson's struggled to piece everything together at the same time this year, however. But Thursday marked a step forward. Using his body to pry Gladness and Johnson out of the key, Johnson ended with three blocks, three steals, six boards and 10 points (on 5-for-9 shooting) in one of his cleanest games of the year.
Before Showcase: No. 17
Guard | 6-3, 200 | Affiliate Player
Showcase Update: Turns out McNeal just needed some minutes. An elite defender coming out of Marquette, he fumbled his way through the first few games of the 2012-13 season as he got acclimated to his team and then proceeded to watch as then-assignment Kendall Marshall gobbled up his playing time. But in the games heading into Showcase, he started to find some flow, with his assist numbers heading up. Then, over two appearances in Reno, he did nothing but impress. Averaging 22.5 points per game (and shooting a sliver under 50 percent), he also racked up 6.0 assists and picked the Maine offense clean to the tune of five steals on Wednesday. Keep your eyes on him.
Before Showcase: Unranked
Forward | 6-9, 230 | Affiliate
Mays is as raw as the morning, but the Clemson big man has turned himself into one of the league's elite rebounders, good for a big double-double almost every night. He has a lot of trouble finishing outside the lane, though, but often manages to track down his own rebound to keep the possession alive.
Showcase Day 1: Mays was his typical active self by scoring 15 points and pulling down 10 rebounds versus Reno. While he shot 5-for-10 for the floor, which is above his season average, he struggled from the line, shooting 5-for-12 from the charity stripe.
Showcase Day 3: Mays, like his teammate Uzoh, also struggles to shoot a high percentage. On Wednesday, the 6-foor-9 forward connected on only three of his 11 field goals to finish with eight points. He did contribute eight rebounds, and that's his NBA meal ticket, but he lacks overall polish. He also had five turnovers.
Before Showcase: No. 23
Forward | 6-5, 185 | Returning Player
Showcase Update: Call this one an upset. Howard, at 30 years old, had to basically do -- well, exactly what he's done -- to earn a spot in the Top 30. After coming into Showcase as the league's leading scorer and foul-shooter (both in makes and takes), the Mad Ants veteran rolled out one of the best two-day performances of any of the 160-plus players who touched the floor. After going for a near-triple-double in his opener (15 points, 10 boards, 7 assists), he came back on Thursday to score 15 more points on just eight shots (thanks to a 7-for-8 mark from the line). Howard looked to have fallen into the NBA D-League version of the Friend Zone when the year started, but, very rapidly, he's turning into a potential flame for scouts.
Before Showcase: On the Cusp