Knicks second-rounder Ignas Brazdeikis didn't see much time to start the season in the NBA, so it was the best option in the team's eyes to send him down to G League Westchester again to get more playing time.
And, oh, did he make the best of it.
In his second game in the G League, Brazdeikis dropped 36 points on 16-for-28 shooting, including 4-of-9 from three. He also had six boards, one assist, and two steals in a tough 96-94 loss to Grand Rapids.
It's a performance that caught the eyes of many, and though he hasn't seen it yet, Knick head coach David Fizdale is excited to watch.
"I haven't watched it yet, but I can't wait," Fizdale said smiling at practice on Tuesday. "I'm really looking forward to it. I heard he balled. I heard he was killin' [it]."
With all the clogs at each position on the Knicks' roster, the Michigan product hasn't been able to get enough minutes with the NBA squad. He played in just 14 total minutes over four games so far this season, and shot 2-of-7 for six points with one assist and one block.
But he is a player the Knicks traded up in the second round to nab because they believed he could be another draft steal like Mitchell Robinson was a season ago. Brazdeikis is a tenacious player that has said he feels like the best player on the court every time his shoes touch the hardwood.
Fizdale, though, admitted he didn't know anything about Iggy coming out of college. When he got the film in front of him, that quickly changed.
"I commend [GM] Scott [Perry] and the staff. I didn't know anything about Iggy because I watch very little college basketball and they said, 'You know, if we can get this kid right here, we think we got a player,'" Fizdale said. "So I got to the film that night and I immediately fell in love with him. It's very easy to root for Iggy. He knows how to play, he's tough as nails, he's super crafty."
It was a great debut for the 20-year-old, and if results like this continue, it may be hard to keep Brazdeikis down in Westchester.