Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. were lone bright spots on a moribund New York Knicks team this season. The lone brights spots are now in the Lone Star State.
New York sent the former Michigan teammates to Dallas as part of a huge trade last week. The Knicks also moved Kritstaps Porzingis and Courtney Lee to Dallas for Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr., two distant first-round picks and the expiring contracts of DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews.
Thank you, New York. To the city, the fans, and the Knicks organization -you gave me an opportunity I’m forever grateful for. Peace and love pic.twitter.com/gafdOQurW2— Trey Burke (@TreyBurke) February 1, 2019
Both average double-digits this season. Hardaway led the Knicks with 19.1 points per game, and scored 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting in a loss to Miami Jan. 27. Four days earlier, he tallied 21 points in a close home loss to the Houston Rockets.
Burke, meanwhile, averages just under 12 points a game and is trending upwards. In a 109-99 loss to Brooklyn on Jan. 25, he racked up 25 points on 19 shots. He also earned 16 points twice in losses to the Mavericks and Heat.
Trevor Woods recapped Laker forward Moe Wagner’s viral and-one against former Michigan State Spartan Draymond Green.
Michigan / Michigan State rivalry in the NBA: Moe Wagner and Draymond Green pic.twitter.com/CYGzWfbxzn— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) February 3, 2019
He scored seven in Los Angeles’ road loss to Golden State, over twice his season average in his rookie season.
Milwaukee forward D.J. Wilson is finding another gear for an excellent Bucks team. He scored a career-high 16 points to help the Bucks top the Raptors 115-102 on the road on Friday.
He added five boards, and connected on 3-of-6 triples. The former first-round draft pick is making over 45 percent of his threes in his second season.
“I’ve got confidence in every three I take,” Wilson told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.. “Whether I miss, make, I think the next one’s going in.
Wilson is averaging 6.2 points per game for the Eastern Conference-leading Bucks, along with 4.6 rebounds. He also chipped in nine points in a 115-105 win at Detroit Jan. 29.
“(He) just adds another dimension to our team,” center Brook Lopez said. “He should have all the confidence in the world – he’s a super-talented player, he can do so much stuff and he’s a problem when he’s out there. I think we’re just going to keep seeing D.J. get better and better each and every game.”
- Portland shipped Nik Stauskas (along with other assets) to Cleveland today in exchange for Rodney Hood. The former Wolverine guard scored 6.1 points a game over 44 appearances this season for the Trailblazers.
- Suns reserve guard Jamal Crawford scored 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting and dished seven assists in Phoenix’s 126-124 loss at San Antonio Jan. 29.
- The Brooklyn Nets expressed “optimism” that guard Caris Levert “can return to the lineup prior to the All-Star break,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
- Duncan Robinson is an offensive force for the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Miami’s G-League affiliate. He averages 20.7 points and is shooting 51.2 percent from the floor, including 48 percent from long range.
He tacked on a pair of 26-point outings to his resume last week in losing efforts.