Dio checks in on a deep rookie class and how things went in Vegas
July 10, 2019, 11:35 pmRJ BarrettPF, New York Knicks
RJ Barrett played well on Wednesday in a win over the Lakers as he had 21 points and 10 rebounds on 6-of-17 shooting.
Although his efficiency was still well below what the Knicks would like to see, this was a step forward. He should see huge minutes all season long, so it is possible we could see a Trae Young-like season where he warms up after the All-Star break once he is adjusted to NBA action. Fellow rookie Ignas Brazdeikis scored 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting with two steals and four 3-pointers.
July 9, 2019, 10:38 amIgnas BrazdeikisPF, New York Knicks
The Knicks on Monday inked Ignas Brazdeikis to a team-friendly, three-year contract at the rookie minimum, with a third-year team option.
To make it a three-year deal, the Knicks had to use their cap space, another sign of how high they are on their second round pick from this year’s draft. Brazdeikis outperformed RJ Barrett on Sunday showing plenty of confidence and he is shaping to be an interesting prospect for the rebuilding Knicks.
Source: New York Post
July 7, 2019, 11:39 pmIgnas BrazdeikisPF, New York Knicks
Igna Bradzeikis carried the Knicks on Sunday with 30 points and eight rebounds on 11-of-19 shooting in a loss to the Suns.
Brazdeikis had a phenomenal year at Michigan and was drafted at No. 47 in the 2019 draft by the Knicks. He has a roster spot locked down and he is playing for minutes. It will be hard to deny Brazdeikis minutes if he continues to play this well.
June 21, 2019, 12:03 amIgnas BrazdeikisPF, New York Knicks
The Kings traded the No. 47 pick to the Knicks, who selected Michigan forward Ignas Brazdeikis in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Brazdeikis goes to a really bad team but he'll have a hard time cracking the rotation, while having no guarantee that he can stay on the roster. That said, our international hoops expert Dio Nikiforos says 'During his lone year in Ann Arbor Brazdeikis earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and honorable mention All-American votes after averaging 14.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Iggy lined up as a four at Michigan, but will play the wing in the NBA. He is a smart, skilled forward that can shoot and score the basketball and even though he lacks elite physical tools, he could thrive as a role player in the NBA.'
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