24-year old point guard Courtney Fortson (180-PG-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Los Angeles D. and receives a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28. He got a double-double of 23 points and 12 assists, while his team was edged out by Ft.Wayne MA (#5, 11-10) 104-102. Los Angeles D. maintains the 7th position in D-League league. Los Angeles D. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 11th lost game this season out of 17 games. Fortson turned to be Los Angeles D.'s top player in his first season with the team. The University of Arkansas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Fortson is in league's top in points (6th best: 19.9ppg), assists (4th best: 6.1apg) and averages solid 43.8% from behind 3-point line.
Second best performed player last round was Demetris Nichols (205-F-84) of Sioux Falls S.. He is a forward in his first season at Sioux Falls S.. In the last game Nichols recorded impressive 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead Sioux Falls S. to another comfortable win 99-83 over the higher-ranked Santa Cruz W. (#3, 12-7) being unquestionably team leader. Sioux Falls S.'s 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Nichols is a newcomer at Sioux Falls S. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to forward Justin Holiday (198-F-89) of Idaho S. (#8). Holiday scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Idaho S., leading his team to a 91-84 win against the higher-ranked Erie Bay H. (#4, 11-8). Idaho S. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 6-16 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Holiday he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Holiday has a very solid season. In 21 games in D-L he scored 13.1ppg. He also has 5.0rpg, 1.6bpg and and 3PT: 41.7%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Terrence Jones (205-F-92) of Rio Grande VV - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Tony Mitchell (198-F-92) of Ft.Wayne MA - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Terrel Harris (196-G-87) of Rio Grande VV - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Ronald DuPree (199-F/G-81) of Los Angeles D. - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists 8. D.J. Kennedy (198-G/F-89) of Erie Bay H. - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Mike Davis (205-F-88) of Sioux Falls S. - 8 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
D-Fenders Finalize Staff for 10th Season - 19 hours ago
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The Los Angeles D-Fenders have finalized the team's staff for the 2016-17 season by welcoming five members to the franchise, it was announced today by General Manager Nick Mazzella. The move comes after four staffers received promotions to the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason. Isaiah Fox will join Paul Woolpert and Brian Walsh as assistant coaches on the Los Angeles bench. Meanwhile, Heather Mau has been named head athletic trainer, and she will be joined by Misha Cavaye who will overs... [read more]
The Los Angeles D-Fenders have finalized the team's staff for the 2016-17 season by welcoming five members to the franchise, it was announced today by General Manager Nick Mazzella. The move comes after four staffers received promotions to the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason. Isaiah Fox will join Paul Woolpert and Brian Walsh as assistant coaches on the Los Angeles bench. Meanwhile, Heather Mau has been named head athletic trainer, and she will be joined by Misha Cavaye who will oversee strength and conditioning, massage therapy and team equipment. Lastly, Adam Cave will take over as the team's primary video coordinator and Nick Lagios returns as a basketball operations assistant. Walsh and Woolpert return for their second season on the D-fenders bench after guiding Los Angeles to a Western Conference championship in 2016. Walsh's experiences have taken him around the world as he's coached internationally in Venezuela, Belarus, China and Vietnam, in addition to the NBA D-League. Meanwhile, Woolpert adds 30 years of coaching experience in the NBA D-League, Continental Basketball Association and National Basketball League in Australia, winning three CBA championships as a head coach. A former McDonald's All-America nominee, the 6-foot-9 Fox lettered for the University of Arizona basketball team from 2002-06. At the conclusion of his collegiate career, Fox was drafted by the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League in 2008 before gaining international experience in Australia, Mexico and Japan. Specializing in player development, he has mentored athletes at various levels and joins the team after most recently instructing student-athletes at Monrovia High School in nearby Monrovia, California. Mau takes over the athletic training duties in the place of D-Fenders team veteran Nina Hsieh, who was promoted to the Lakers staff in July. In her role, Mau will be in charge of monitoring the health of the team and is responsible for injury prevention and treatment of all players. She most recently worked at Cal State Northridge, where she provided services for up to five varsity sports. A graduate of Adelphi University, Mau holds a B.S. in Exercise Science and a Masters in Athletic Training from California Baptist University. Cavaye will work closely with Mau in his role as strength and conditioning coach, massage therapist and equipment manager. The London, England, native has an extensive history with the Los Angeles Lakers organization, having served as an assistant equipment manager with the team since 2011. Since 2014, Cavaye has been a performance coach with Velocity Sport Performance and a posture therapist for Myodetox, specializing at in-home pain treatment, rehabilitation and other manual therapies. He is a graduate of Cal State Northridge and Concordia University. Cave joins the team after spending the last year as a student assistant coach and video coordinator for the Pomona-Pitzer men's basketball team. Additionally, the Pitzer College graduate spent two seasons as a data analytics intern for the Los Angeles Clippers and interned in the communications department for the Los Angeles Sparks. He replaces Will Scott, who now functions as a video coordinator on the Lakers staff after five seasons with the D-Fenders. Lagios returns to Los Angeles after a brief stint with the team in 2016. The University of Colorado graduate will once again serve as a basketball operations assistant, providing video analysis, statistical breakdowns and other assistance to the GM and coaching staff. Lagios was most recently a team assistant with the Australian National Basketball Team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and he has prior experience in assisting the Stanford men's basketball team. The D-Fenders will return for their 10th season when the team hosts the Iowa Energy at 7:30 p.m. PT on Friday, Nov. 11, from the Toyota Sports Center. Winners of two conference championships, Los Angeles will look to capture its first NBA D-League title in 2016-17. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Well-traveled Vander Blue (6'5''-SG-92, college: Marquette) has signed a contract with the D-League and is likely to play with the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Blue played with the Guangxi Rhinos of China last season. He went undrafted by the NBA in 2013 but did spent some time with the Boston Celtics. Blue has also served numerous stints in the D-League with the Delaware 87ers, Maine Red Claws, and D-Fenders. His pro career began in Israel with Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion. [read more]
Former NBA swingman Carrick Felix (6'6''-G/F-90, college: Arizona St.) will return to the D-League after signing a contract for the 2016-17 season. Felix's rights are held by the Long Island Nets. Felix was a second-round NBA draft pick in 2013 and has spent time with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs traded him to the Utah Jazz in the summer of 2014. He was waived by the Jazz prior to the season. He has also played for the Canton Charge and Santa Cruz Warriors. The Warriors waived him a... [read more]
Felix was a second-round NBA draft pick in 2013 and has spent time with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs traded him to the Utah Jazz in the summer of 2014. He was waived by the Jazz prior to the season. He has also played for the Canton Charge and Santa Cruz Warriors. The Warriors waived him after one month after Felix suffered a serious knee injury.
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