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As you might have noticed, the talk of Internet Town today is Jameer Nelson's shoulder injury and what moves (if any) the Magic should try and do to remain a championship contender.

(Apparently, 48 minutes of 36-year-old Anthony Johnson runnin' the show scares some people. Ha! Remember the titan!)

Possible point guard back-ups and/or replacements being thrown around include, in no particular order: Stephon Marbury, Jamaal Tinsley, Carlos Arroyo, Sergio Rodriguez, Ramon Sessions, Earl Watson, Chucky Atkins, Kyle Lowry, Earl Boykins, Jannero Pargo and that stocky guy in the Pacers jersey who never shares the rock down at the Y.

But what about the D-League? Are there not any playmakers kicking around Boise or Anaheim that could help Johnson, Hedo Turkoglu and Courtney Lee shore up that Magic one-spot?

Well, that's the exact question I threw at Scott from Ridiculous Upside last night and he delivered in spades, profiling six or seven promising D-League options for Magic GM Otis Smith to chew on.

RU's No. 1 choice: D-League All-Star Maurice Baker of the Dakota Wizards ...

He's a heady veteran whose won championships, can run the pick and roll, and knows what he's doing out on the court. Mo has the intangibles, he's been called-up a couple of times before, and he's the best in the D-League at getting to the basket and creating for his teammates. Last night, he had an off-night, making just four of his 12 shot attempts, but made up for it with eight assists and 12 rebounds, including two big offensive boards toward the end of the fourth quarter to keep a big possession alive. This season, Baker is averaging 17 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.

Check out Ridiculous Upside for the complete list.

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