December 7, 2012 in Professional
Our weekly look at how Michigan natives are doing in the NBA D-League this season.
Walker Russell Jr., Fort Wayne Mad Ants
In five games, Russell is averaging 17 points and six assists per game while shooting 45 percent. In short, he’s doing what he’s always done in the D-League — providing dynamic, productive play at the point guard spot. But more importantly, because he managed to stick in the NBA much of last season with the Pistons, he’ll be a call-up possibility for teams who need point guard help in a pinch. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported that Russell was among the names the Lakers considered with all of their point guard injuries this season:
Too late for @lakers to re-sign Derek Fisher now. Free agent PGs?Mike Bibby. Earl Boykins. Walker Russell. Jonny Flynn. Coby Karl.Slim picks
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) December 3, 2012
Chris Douglas-Roberts, Texas Legends
Douglas-Roberts continues to put up monster numbers, so much so that Ryan Ripley of D-League news site Ridiculous Upside says CDR is the best NBA prospect in the league:
Complete domination of the opposition is what makes Chris Douglas-Roberts the number one player in the D-League. He averages 27.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.6 assist, and 2 steals per game. With a PER of 26.93 and a defensive rating of 98.1, he is clearly killing it at both ends of the floor.
Position on NBADL Prospect List – #1
Keith Benson, Erie Bayhawks
Benson continues to split minutes with Henry Sims. His averages — nearly 10 points, 5 rebounds and a block in 20 minutes per game — look solid. He has to significantly get that field goal percentage, which is at 39 percent through three games, up though. Benson is not a low percentage shooter, so he’ll improve that mark.
Brandon Bowdry, Erie Bayhawks
Bowdry has appeared in two games, playing five total minutes, but he’s yet to score a point for Erie this season.
Durrell Summers, Idaho Stampede
Summers, as I mentioned yesterday, has been a great success story so far this season. He’s averaging nearly 21 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals per game. He’s also making 36 percent of his 3-pointers.