Watch: Knicks rookie Miles McBride notches 1st G League double-double

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New York Knicks rookie Miles McBride keeps on piling up milestones in his NBA G League assignment.

Barely 24 hours after notching his career-high in scoring, McBride recorded his first double-double in the G League Showcase. The 36th pick of this year’s NBA draft followed up his 31-point, 11-assist effort Thursday night with 23 points and 11 assists.

McBride came through in the clutch as the Westchester Knicks repeated over College Park Skyhawks, 121-117, Friday night at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He sealed the Knicks’ second straight win and fourth in 10 games with a three-pointer and two free throws in the final 80 seconds after the Skyhawks threatened at 116-112.

In a dominant performance against Sharife Cooper and the Skyhawks, McBride came two rebounds shy of a triple-double. Cooper led the Skyhawks with 27 points and five assists but had seven turnovers. McBride only had two errors in 39 minutes.

The Knicks rookie out of West Virginia had six assists in the third quarter alone to help the Knicks get a 96-90 cushion. McBride showed his full offensive arsenal, hitting 8 of 15 shots and 3 of 7 from downtown.

Luka Samanic also had a monster double-double with a new career-high 36 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out in the final minute. Samanic, the Knicks’ two-way player, was an unstoppable force making 15 of 26 shots, including a highlight dunk early in the game.

It was Samanic’s fourth double-double in seven games. Brandon Goodwin added 18 points and seven assists.

Westchester Knicks will have more than one week of rest before taking on playoff-bound Delaware Blue Coats (6-1) on Dec. 12 on the road. It is unclear if McBride will see action as the New York Knicks will host defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks on the same day.

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New format awaits Westchester Knicks in G League

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Jericho Sims, the New York Knicks‘ 58th pick in the NBA Draft, will have more games to develop with the Westchester Knicks in the reformatted G League season.

The new G League format will feature two tournaments within the season.  On top of the 36-game regular season, a 14-game expanded Showcase Cup will bring the total games to 50 for each team.

The Showcase Cup tips off on Nov. 5 and will conclude at the annual NBA G League Winter Showcase from Dec. 19-22. Meanwhile, the regular season begins on Dec. 27.

The G League Ignite is the pathway program of the NBA for the top high school prospects who didn’t go the college route.

In the Showcase Cup, the 29 regular teams and the G League Ignite will be divided into four regional pods where they will play 12 games against each other in NBA G League markets.

The teams with the best winning percentage in each regional pod and the next top four teams across the league will advance to the single-elimination NBA G League Winter Showcase.

Team records will reset in the 36-game regular season as the NBA G League Ignite and expansion team Capitanes de la Ciudad de MĂ©xico will only play in the Showcase Cup. The top six teams in each conference will qualify for the NBA G League playoffs.

The Knicks will open their Showcase Cup schedule against Capital City Go-Go in back-to-back road games on Nov. 5 and 6.

Their regular season tips off against the Lakeland Magic in similar back-to-back road games on Dec. 28 and 30.

Sims, who signed a two-way contract with the Knicks, averaged 8.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, one assist, and one block in the NBA Summer League. He shot a staggering 81 percent from the field. As a two-way player, Sims is eligible to join the Knicks’ active roster up to 50 games in the regular season.

Joining Sims in the Knicks’ G League team is former UCLA point guard Jaylen Hands, acquired from the Long Island Nets on Monday. The Knicks sent the returning rights of Bryce Brown to the Nets in exchange for Hands, the 56th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Hands played overseas last season, averaging 8.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.5 blocks in 12 games for the FMP of the ABA League First Division and Basketball League of Serbia.

MJ Walker and Aamir Simms, who played for the Knicks Summer League team in Las Vegas, will likely join Sims and Hands in the G League. The Knicks signed both Walker and Simms to an Exhibit 10 deal last month.

Walker averaged 4.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in three games with the Knicks’ Summer League team. On the other hand, Simms posted 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in four games in Las Vegas.

The rest of the Westchester Knicks roster is expected to be announced in the next coming days.

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Jared Harper named to All-NBA G League First team but still long shot to crack Knicks rotation

New York Knicks’ two-way player Jared Harper was named to the 2021 All-NBA G League First Team on Tuesday.

Harper joined NBA G League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year Paul Reed of the Delaware Blue Coats, Oklahoma City Blue center Moses Brown, Lakeland Magic forward Mamadi Diakite, and Rio Grande Valley Vipers guard Kevin Porter Jr. in the selection.

Brown and Porter Jr. parlayed their outstanding G League performance to a significant role with their respective NBA mother clubs Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets.

On the other hand, the 5-foot-10 Harper’s chances of cracking the Knicks’ rotation is slim to none despite a stellar G League campaign.

Harper led the Westchester Knicks, New York’s affiliate team, to a 7-8 record in the G League bubble while leading the team in scoring, assists, and minutes. He made history by becoming Westchester’s first-ever recipient of the award, the highest nod a player has received in franchise history.

Harper finished fourth in the league in scoring with 21.3 points per game on 47.3 percent shooting. He had a pair of 30-point performances, including a career-high 35 points in the Knicks’ season finale win against Erie Bayhawks.

Harper also ended up as the second-best passer in the G League this season with 6.9 assists per game. He eclipsed the 10-assist mark four times this season, topped by a 13-assist showing against Fort Wayne, which tied his career-high.

The former Auburn star who went undrafted in 2019 also showed his impeccable marksmanship averaging 2.4 three-pointers made per game (third-best on the team) on a 40.3-percent clip.

Harper has appeared in garbage time in two New York Knicks games this season, totaling five minutes and two points.

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