Five D-League Prospects Who Improved Their Stock In January

By Jack Maloney | February 1, 2017

January –and the NBA D-League Showcase — has come and gone, so now it’s time to take a look at five prospects who improved their chances of a Call-Up with strong performances.¬†Click here to view the latest NBADLeague.com Top 25 Prospect Watch.

Abdel Nader, Maine Red Claws – No. 4 on Prospect Watch

During the Showcase a few weeks ago, Abdel Nader made a name for himself by drilling a game-winning triple with just over 20 seconds to go in Maine’s first game against Canton. His play in Mississauga, though, was just a continuation of a month-long trend in which Nader has been nearly unstoppable. While shooting 54.3 percent and 44 percent from behind the arc, Nader put up 24.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 1.1 blocks per night in January, which vaulted up to No. 4 in the Prospect Watch.

(Nader’s draft rights are owned by the Celtics, so he can only be called up to Boston.)

Eric Moreland, Canton Charge – No. 12 on Prospect Watch

The 6-10 big man out of Oregon State is up to No. 12 in the latest Prospect Watch, thanks to his impressively consistent play. Throughout January, Moreland averaged 14.0 points on 60 percent shooting, 11.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists a night. His play helped the Canton Charge go 7-3 in the month, despite playing seven of their 10 games on the road.

Axel Toupane, Raptors 905 – No. 17 on Prospect Watch

The 2015-16 Most Improved Player has continued his strong play this season, especially in January. The 6-7 swingman is putting up 17.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1.4 steals a night while knocking down 43.5 percent of his three-point attempts. The strong play from Toupane has helped the Raptors to nine-game winning streak and the best record in the East at 21-7.

Josh Magette, Los Angeles D-Fenders – No. 20 on Prospect Watch

Standing 6-1 and weighing in at 160 pounds, and having played his collegiate ball at Alabama-Huntsville, Josh Magette is perhaps the least imposing player in the D-League. But as opponents across the league have found out, the dude can ball. Over nine games in January, Magette has been averaging 15.9 points, 11 assists, and 2.1 steals a night, while also shooting 39 percent from downtown. The league leader in assists, Magette is now seventh all-time in D-League history with 1,040 dimes.

Shawn Long, Delaware 87ers – No. 25 on Prospect Watch

The Delaware 87ers big man has been an absolute machine in January, averaging 22.4 points and 12.9 rebounds a night over 10 games. His play this month was highlighted by two of his best performances of the season. First, he dropped 45 points and grabbed 14 rebounds on January 6; a few days ago, on January 25, he added a 33 point, 13-rebound performance.

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