The start of every week brings something new to look forward to in the world of Westchester Knicks basketball. Here are five things to know about your #DubKnicks for the week of February 13, 2017.
- Farewell to a W-Knicks Icon: Over the weekend, Westchester announced that it had traded guard Jordon Crawford to the Canton Charge in exchange for Canton’s second round pick in the 2017 NBA D-League Draft. Originally selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NBA D-League Draft, Crawford appeared in 78 games over two seasons with the Knicks, maintaining a career average of 9.5 points, 2.6 assists, and 1.7 rebounds per game. During those two seasons, Jordon Crawford commanded the respect and admiration of Westchester’s fan base with his heart and hustle. After the news broke, Crawford delivered an emotional farewell message over social media to express his gratitude to the fans and organization that had meant everything to him.
— Westchester Knicks (@wcknicks) February 12, 2017
- Weekend Recap: After a difficult start to the weekend, the Knicks were able to get back to its winning ways. On Friday, Westchester fell to the Maine Red Claws by a score of 99-85. That was the Knicks’ fifth straight loss and amped up the pressure for Saturday’s game against the Northern Arizona Suns. Westchester traded leads with the Suns well into the third quarter, but was able to pull away late, winning 114-103. After the two-game home stand, the Knicks’ overall record moved to 14-19. Westchester currently sits in third place of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference and remains seven games out of first place.
- A New Star: John Jenkins led Westchester in scoring during his first three appearances with the team. During that shining stretch, Jenkins averaged 22.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. He also shot 52.9 percent from the three-point line during that span. Jenkins’ consistent production made all the difference for the Knicks this weekend and he looks to be a tremendous asset moving forward.
- Assignee Action: While on assignment from the New York Knicks, Marshall Plumlee and Maurice Ndour came up huge for Westchester against Northern Arizona. Plumlee rocked the County Center with a thunderous dunk, the throwdown part of a signature performance in which Plumlee scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Maurice Ndour also tossed in some magic, helping the Knicks to a win as he added in 15 points and collected six rebounds.
- A Midweek Matchup: Westchester hits the road for its lone game of action this week. On Tuesday, the Knicks will face the Raptors 905 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The Raptors hold the best record in the Eastern Conference at 24-9. Westchester is 1-2 when facing the Raptors 905 this season.