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Westchester Gets Ready for Three-Game Road Swing

January 10, 2019 - NBA G League (G League) - Westchester Knicks News Release

WESTCHESTER KNICKS (16-9) vs. RIO GRANDE VALLEY VIPERS (14-9)

Friday, January 11 - Edinburg, TX (Bert Ogden Arena)

8:00 PM (ET)

On January 6, the Westchester Knicks (16-9), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, forced overtime but was unable to do anything more as the team fell to the Capital City Go-Go (11-9), 90-89, Sunday afternoon at the Westchester County Center. The Knicks open a three-game road swing beginning at Rio Grande Valley Friday.

QUICK HITS

John Jenkins is the Knicks leading scorer (25.3 ppg).

John Jenkins is slotted sixth in the G League with 25.3 ppg (as of 1/7).

Isaiah Hicks is the Knicks leading rebounder (7.8 rpg).

Kadeem Allen leads Westchester is assists (5.8 apg).

Kadeem Allen is slotted 21st in the G League with 5.8 apg (as of 1/7).

Kadeem Allen leads Westchester in steals (1.6 spg).

Isaiah Hicks leads the Knicks in blocks (1.8 bpg).

Westchester is third in the G League with a 47.4 field goal percentage (as of 1/7).

Westchester is sixth in the G League with 6.2 bpg (as of 1/7).

Westchester is third in the G League with 37.2 defensive rebounds per game (as of 1/7).

Westchester is 2-3 in its last five contests.

Westchester is 4-6 in its last 10 contests.

Westchester is 7-6 at home.

Westchester is 9-3 on the road.

Westchester is 2-1 in overtime.

Westchester went 9-3 in November.

Westchester went 6-4 in December.

Westchester's longest win streak this season was seven games, which set a franchise record.

Westchester's longest road win streak was five games.

Westchester's longest home win streak was five games.

Westchester's longest road losing skid was one game.

Westchester's longest home losing skid was two games.

INJURY REPORT

TBA.

LAST TIME OUT

On January 6, The Westchester Knicks (16-9), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, forced overtime but was unable to do anything more as the team fell to the Capital City Go-Go (11-9), 90-89, Sunday afternoon at the Westchester County Center.

Kadeem Allen banked in a three from the top of the key with just a second remaining in regulation to knot the score at 89 apiece following a closely contested battle. The Knicks led by as many as eight while the Go-Go's largest command stood at six.

In the extra session, Westchester and Capital City had three and two empty possessions, respectively. On the game's final sequence, Capital City's Chris Chiozza was fouled and gifted two free-throws. He converted one but with under a second remaining, left no practical chance for the hosts and the final was settled.

John Jenkins paced Westchester with his fourth consecutive game in the 20-point column, ending with 22. He also led the team with seven assists for a second straight time and sank three triples.

Stephen Zimmerman finished with his second straight double-double made up of 17 points and 12 rebounds including eight on the offensive glass, marking the most by any Knick this season. Allen contributed 15 points, five dimes and seven rebounds while Zak Irvin pocketed another double-double of 10 points and 10 boards.

For Capital City, Jordan McCrae gave 26 points on 33.3-percent shooting. Chiozza added 12 points and a team-high seven assists. Devin Robinson's double-double stemmed from 23 points and 10 rebounds.

The Knicks gave up 24 points on 23 turnovers but won the second-chance points battle 17-5. Capital City even this season's series, 1-1.

PROLIFIC SCORERS

Billy Garrett (third), Isaiah Hicks (fourth) and John Jenkins (sixth) are among the top-20 scorers in Westchester Knicks franchise history. Thanasis Antetokounmpo is the program's all-time leading scorer.

FORTY FORTY CLUB

John Jenkins scored 40 points against Grand Rapids (12/15) which tabbed the second time this season he scored that much. He tallied 41 points against Lakeland (11/10).

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

John Jenkins finished with nine points against Austin (12/21) which marked the first and only time this season Jenkins was unable to score in double figures. He shot 25-percent which also marked a low in almost 37 minutes out on the floor.

JOHNNY CASH

John Jenkins is averaging 22.3 points per game in the Knicks last four. He hit five triples against Fort Wayne (1/2) and has netted five or more triples five times this season. He's averaging 5.3 assists in the Knicks last six.

WINS AND LOSSES

In wins, Westchester is averaging 111.3 points per game and limiting its opponents to just 98.7 points. In losses, the Knicks are averaging 97.7 points while allowing its opponents to score 106.3 points.

JJ IN WINS AND LOSSES

John Jenkins is averaging 28.6 points on 51.1-percent shooting in wins and 21.1 points on 43-percent shooting in losses. In victories, Jenkins is shooting 45.1-percent from three making 2.3 of them a game. In setbacks, Jenkins is shooting 39.6-percent from three also making 2.6 of them a game.

BILLY IN WINS AND LOSSES

Billy Garrett is averaging 14.6 points on 52.8-percent shooting as the team's third-leading scorer in wins. In losses, Garrett is averaging 10.2 points on 44.9-percent shooting as the team's fourth-leading scorer. Garrett is dishing 2.2 assists per loss and 3.6 assists per win.

KADEEM IN WINS AND LOSSES

Kadeem Allen is dishing 5.8 assists per win and 5.9 assists per loss.

ZAK IN WINS AND LOSSES

Zak Irvin in wins is scoring 11.5 points on 61.1-percent shooting. In losses, Irvin is scoring 7.8 points on 67.7-percent shooting.

START IT OFF

When Westchester is ahead by the second quarter's start, the team is 13-6 (7-1 on the road). When Westchester is ahead by the third quarter's start, the team is 14-4 (8-1 on the road). When Westchester is ahead by the fourth quarter's start, the team is 12-2 (7-0 on the road).

SERVING RESERVES

The Westchester bench generated 53 of the team's 119 total points against Grand Rapids Drive (12/15). A game before that, against Fort Wayne (12/13), the Knicks' bench totaled a season-high 62 points while the team scored 131 as a whole. In the last seven games, the Knicks bench is accounting for 40.3-percent of the team's offense 302 of 750 total points).

POINT BLANK RANGE

The Knicks scored 70 points in the paint against Fort Wayne (12/13) which marked a season-high by the team. That accounted for 53.4-percent of the team's offensive output.

WELCOME JAMEEL WARNEY

On January 8, the Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, have traded Xavier Rathan-Mayes to the Texas Legends in exchange for Jameel Warney, pending successful completion of physicals by both players, as announced by the team Tuesday afternoon.

Jameel Warney, 6'7 259, comes to Westchester after appearing in 22 games this season for the Texas Legends, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. He is averaging 13.7 on 43-percent shooting (seventh-best on the team) and 6.8 rebounds (third-best on the team).

Warney scored 2,132 points during his four years at Stony Brook before going undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft. The New Brunswick, NJ native signed two contracts with the Dallas Mavericks from 2016-2017 and signed a 10-day contract with the club in March 2018. Amid those deals, Warney also spent time with their G League affiliate.

Rathan-Mayes, 6'4 208, was most recently with the AEK Athens of the Greek Basket League from late July to late December.

With the Dub Knicks, the Canadian averaged 16.7 points in 43 games on 43-percent shooting (third-best on the team). He shot 33.8-percent from distance, collected 6.4 rebounds per game (third-best on the team) and dished 7.2 assists per game (309 total assists slotted first on the team).

FREE BASKETBALL

Westchester is 2-1 in overtime games having. Grand Rapids (12/15) and Delaware (12/3) both endured losses to the Knicks. Capital City (1/6) came out on top by one.

SHOOT LIGHTS OUT

When Westchester shoots 50-percent or better from the field, the team is an undefeated 7-0.

THAT WAS CLOSE

Before Capital City (1/6), Westchester was 5-0 in games settled by three points or less. The Knicks' 11-point loss to Austin (12/21) marked just the second time the team lost by 11 or more points. The one-point loss to Capital City (1/6) marked the first setback, 90-89, settled by a margin smaller than three.

NO OFFENSE BUT

Stephen Zimmerman's eight offensive rebounds against Capital City (1/6) tabbed a high by any Knicks player this season.

ITS MORE THAN DEFENSE

Austin (12/21) scored 99 points which marked the first time a Knicks opponent scored fewer than 100 points and still pulled out the victory. Previously, Westchester was 8-0 when an opponent failed to clear the 100-point mark. Capital City (1/6) scored just 90 in four periods and one overtime to tab the victory over the Knicks.

ZIMMERMAN ON THE COME UP

Stephen Zimmerman is averaging 5.1 made field goals in his last seven games and is shooting 56.3-percent. He is also grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game, scored in double-figures in all but one game in that span and is averaging 12.7 points per game.

GOTTA KEEP THAT SAME ENERGY

Westchester scored 70 points through the first half against Iowa (12/19) which marked the most points in the window all season. However, the team scored just 36 points in the second half which marked the second-lowest this season.

Westchester is averaging 57.5 first half points in its last six and 41.3 second half points in the span. Its opponents are averaging 49.3 first half points and 52.2 second half points.

AT THE LINE

In losses, Westchester is 117-of-159 while its opponents are 165-of-219 from the free-throw line. In wins, the Knicks are 298-of-390 while their opponents are 294-of-398.

WE NEED THE OLD ZAK BACK

Before 12/27, Zak Irvin was averaging 10.2 ppg over the course of a five-game span and nearly doubled his minutes from his first game back. He shot 67.6-percent from the field which was the best clip on the team. With 144:38 minutes logged in the span, he only committed four turnovers. However, from 12/27-1/2, he was averaging just 4.0 points per game on three total made field goals but averaged 8.0 rebounds.

...HE LISTENED, AND THEN SOME

Zak Irvin exploded for a career-high 22 points on an astounding 78.6-percent without a triple. He also came down with 10 boards and missed just three opportunities from the field. His four offensive rebounds tied a season-high.

WE SEE YOU GG

Gyorgy Goloman connected on three triples against Fort Wayne (1/2) which marked a career-high. His seven boards also tabbed a career best. He played exactly 27 minutes against the Mad Ants which marked the most points he's played in one game so far this season. He was also averaging 5.0 blocks per game from 12/27-1/2. Goloman is averaging 12 points on 50-percent shooting in the Knicks' last two.

SEEING DOUBLE-DOUBLE

Zak Irvin has put up two consecutive double-doubles, three total for the season. Against the Raptors (1/4), he netted a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds. Versus Capital City, Irvin scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He has scored in double-figures five times this season. He has collected 10 or more rebounds four times this season.

WE KNOW HE CAN SHOOT THE BALL

Billy Garrett knocked down five field goals against Capital City (12/27) which marked the most since he drained seven versus Fort Wayne (12/13).

Between 12/15-1/2, he averaged 12.2 ppg, and shot 41.7-percent (20-of-48) even though he was shooting 51.5-percent on the season before January 4. Garrett has shot better than 50-percent 12 times which included a five-game stretch (11/23-12/3) where he shot 44-of-70 (62.9-percent).

Garrett finished with just two points against Capital City (1/6) and six against the Raptors (1/4). Despite not scoring as much, Garrett is still averaging 4.0 assists in his last three games.

DEEM WITH THE DIME

From 12/19-12/27, Kadeem Allen was averaging 8.0 assists per game before missing his first game of the season.

GETTING A RHYTHM

After missing his first game of the season against Fort Wayne (1/2) due to a right groin strain, Kadeem Allen disrupted his 10-game streak of scoring in double figures ending with just nine against Raptors (1/4). Allen picked up three fouls in the first quarter and four in the first half limiting him to just 3:49 minutes in the first quarter and 10 seconds in the second quarter. In under 19 minutes played for the game, Allen dished four assists, his lowest since Lakeland (12/11) when he distributed just one.

Against Capital City (1/6), Allen scored 15 points on 41.2-percent shooting, knocked in the triple that forced overtime, his lone three-pointer, gathered seven rebounds, dished five assists and came up with three steals-stats aligned to what he produces regularly.

SHOW EM SOMETHING SEKOU

Before Capital City (1/6), Sekou Wiggs was averaging 19.0 points, 6.0 trips to the free-throw line, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 4.5 assists in two games. He scored 20 points against Fort Wayne (1/2) which tabbed a new career-high. He's played 16 or more minutes in Westchester's last three games.

YOUR TIME TO SHINE

Devon Baulkman played almost 26 minutes against Fort Wayne (1/2), in part to Kadeem Allen being sidelined to nurse aa right groin strain. This game snowballed a three-game streak of collecting 20 or more minutes and scoring eight or more points. In the span, Baulkman is averaging 9.0 ppg, the most in a three-game span this season, on 39.3-percent shooting. He is also averaging 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals in the window.

SHOWCASE LEADERS

John Jenkins led the team in Vegas with 19.5 ppg on 45.2-percent shooting. Jenkins shot 40-percent from three as one of only five Knicks to connect from long range. His 5.5 apg ranked second on the team.

Stephen Zimmerman was the team's leading rebounder with 9.5 rpg during the Showcase, including six total on the offensive glass. Zimmerman earned one start and tied for third with 13.5 ppg.

Kadeem Allen led the Knicks in assists with 8.0 apg.

TREVON BLUIETT WITH WESTCHESTER

On December 28, 2018, the New Orleans Pelicans announced that the team transferred Two-Way player Trevon Bluiett from the Westchester Knicks

Bluiett has been with Westchester since the start of the 2018-19 NBA G League season and has appeared in all but five games due to a back injury at the top of the season.

In 17 games, the guard averaged 11.5 ppg on 40.2-percent shooting. The long-range sniper netted 32 triples on the season, the second-most on the team, on a 33.3-percent clip. He has missed just two tries at the charity stripe for a second-leading 93.1-percent showing.

Bluiett's numbers also included 4.1 rpg, 1.6 apg and 0.7 spg with Westchester.

THE COACH'S CHALLENGE

The coach's challenge was revised so that teams receive only one challenge per game, to be used at any point during regulation or overtime periods. Only fouls called, goaltending/basket interference and out-of-bounds calls may be challenged.

10-DAY CONTRACTS

Each season, from early January to early April, NBA teams can sign free agents to 10-day contracts. A player can be signed to a maximum of two consecutive 10-day contracts before a team must either sign him for the remainder of the season or release him. January 5 marked the first day 10-day contracts could be signed this season.

TWO-WAY PLAYERS

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 via the New York Knicks.

SUCCESS STORY

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.


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