Knicks Battle Drive in Last Game Before Showcase
WESTCHESTER KNICKS (13-5) vs. GRAND RAPIDS DRIVE (6-9)
Saturday, December 15 - Grand Rapids, MI (DeltaPlex Arena)
7:00 PM (ET)
On December 13, The Westchester Knicks (13-5), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, saw everything go their way in a convincing victory over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (6-7), 131-105, Thursday evening at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. They will battle Grand Rapids Drive in final game before the NBA G League Showcase.
John Jenkins ranks fifth in the league with 26.1 ppg (as of 12/13).
Westchester ranks fifth in the G League with a .722 win percentage (as of 12/13).
Westchester has the most wins on the season (13) (as of 12/13).
Westchester is third in the league shooting 48.7-percent from the field (as of 12/13).
Westchester ranks fifth in the league with 47.7 rebounds per game (as of 12/13).
Westchester ranks third in the league shooting 52.5-percent in its last two games (as of 12/13).
Westchester ranks first in the league with a 88.9-percent free-throw percentage in its last two games (as of 12/13).
Westchester is 3-2 in its last five contests.
Westchester is 8-2 in its last 10 contests.
Westchester is 4-2 in the month of December.
Westchester is 7-2 on the road.
No injuries to report.
LAST TIME OUT
On December 13, The Westchester Knicks (13-5), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, saw everything go their way in a convincing victory over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (6-7), 131-105, Thursday evening at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
The Knicks shot an astounding 62-percent from the field, 50-percent from downtown and perfect from the charity stripe. John Jenkins (26), Trevon Bluiett (23), Kadeem Allen (19), Billy Garrett (17), Zak Irvin (12) and Isaiah Hicks (10) all scored in double-figures.
Ike Anigbogu paced the hosts with 20 points leading a class of five in double-figures. Jared Sam hauled a game-high seven boards off the bench.
Westchester's 59 field goals, 70 points generated in the paint and 21 fastbreak points all marked season superlatives. It's nine turnovers tabbed a low for the club this season.
The victory severed the Knicks' only losing skid this season.
KADEEMed FOR GREATNESS
Kadeem Allen has been on the attack as of late finding various ways to impact that game. He has scored on nine baskets in four of Westchester's last five games and averages 8.2 made field goals in the span. He is shooting 57.7-percent (41-for-71) in those five games. Considering those same five games, Allen averages 2.4 free-throw attempts (has only missed one), 2.2 offensive boards, 5.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 19.4 points. He is riding a three-game streak of at least one block.
BOUNCE BACK BILLY
After a lowly performance on 12/5 against South Bay (5 points in 33 minutes), Billy Garrett has averaged 17.7 points in the three games that followed. He is shooting 68.9-percent from the field in the span as well as getting to the line 2.7 times a game, grabs 4.7 rebounds per game, dishes 2.0 assists per game and battles for 1.3 steals per game.
Trevon Bluiett shot 5-for-7 in Westchester's most recent contest. His five makes tied a season-high first established on 12/5 against South Bay. Poor shooting performances fell in between going just 1-for-4 on 12/8 against Oklahoma City and 0-for-5 on 12/11 against Lakeland. Against Fort Wayne, Bluiett draining nine shots total, hauled five boards, had two assists and two steals. Bluiett has scored 20-plus points three times this season and has not played more than 28 minutes in any game this year.
Zak Irvin netted six shots on 85.7-percent shooting for a season-high 12 points against Fort Wayne (12/13). He also collected four boards.
BACK TO NORMAL
John Jenkins scored a team-high 26 points against Fort Wayne on 12/13. He has averaged 18.3 points since his return from Team USA. In his first game back, Jenkins scored just 10 points which marked a season low. Last game, Jenkins shot 63.2-percent from the field, and 50-percent from three. He also dished a near season-high five assists and committed just one turnover in almost 33 minutes played.
HIGH OCTANE OFFENSE
Westchester's 131 points scored against Fort Wayne (12/13) matched its season-high effort against Wisconsin (11/23). The team registered a season-high 59 points on 62.1-percent shooting.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
Westchester's nine turnovers against Fort Wayne (12/13) marks a season-low for the club.
Beginning in the 2017 offseason, NBA rosters expanded from 15 to 17 players with the addition of two spots for players under "Two-Way Contracts."
NBA teams may have up to two players under NBA Two-Way Contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team. Two-Way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players with four or fewer years of NBA service are able to sign Two-Way Contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.
Isaiah Hicks is under Two-Way Contract for Westchester.
On December 13, the New York Knicks announced that the team signed guard Allonzo Trier to an NBA contract. With this signing, Trier becomes the first two-way player to sign a guaranteed NBA contract within the first two months of the season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Trier, undrafted out of Arizona, has appeared in 27 games (three starts) this season, averaging 11.3 points on 47% shooting (39.1% 3PT), 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists over 23.2 minutes. Among rookies, Trier ranks seventh in scoring, third in three-point percentage and ninth in field goal percentage. He is one of four rookies this season averaging at least 11.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and shooting at least 47-percent from the field. On November 27 at Detroit, Trier became the first undrafted Knicks rookie to post at least 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in a game.
LET ME SEE YOU FLEX
The NBA G League's flexible assignment system - which was instituted prior to the 2014-15 season - will continue to enable the independent NBA teams to assign players to the NBA G League for development or rehabilitation from injury. Trevon Bluiett is on flex assignment via the New Orleans Pelicans.
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