While NBA call-ups are awarded on an individual basis, it's worth noting that wins do matter. It's important that the D-League's most talented players develop, grow, and continue to learn from some glaring mistakes as they aim for The Association. There's no doubt about that. Still, it's also interesting to examine the type of impact such prospects have on their respective team's ability to win.
Though the Los Angeles D-Fenders have struggled this season, currently owning a 7-15 record, they have nevertheless been part of some of the more high-scoring games the league has this season.
This past week proved to be no different, as Jabari Brown led the charge for this team, even logging a league-wide season-high 50-point outing in his team's win against the Sioux Falls Skyforce. This was in addition to a 35-point outing (another win) against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
In all, the guard led his team to a 2-1 mark over the past seven days, averaging 32.7 points per game, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals per contest. Brown was assertive (not to much, ever so efficient) as can be, converting on 49% of his shots from the field, including a staggering 52% from deep. For a team currently eight games under .500, winning two out of three is quite the positive development.
For his latest effort and subsequent impact, Brown has earned RidiculousUpside.com's "Top Prospect of the Week" award for the week of January 4th - January 10th.
Confidence is key to Brown's potential success, as his ability to cash in on a bevy of catch and shoot jumpers allows him to pour in the points with ease. He needs to have steady instincts while making savvy decisions on the offensive end of the floor. Needless to say, his bold attitude paid dividends for Los Angeles this past week.
And while he often thrives when pulling up and letting the jumpers fly from all around the perimeter, Brown was aggressive while driving to the hoop this week, too. Shooting 82% from the charity stripe, he reached double-digit free-throw attempts in both of his team's wins.
As the D-Fenders look to resume their ways, they assumedly hope Brown's hot streak continues.