The Knicks are getting Miles McBride and Jericho Sims some game reps as the two wait for more chances to contribute.
The young duo, both in their second year with the team, were assigned to the Knicks’ G-League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks, for its game against the College Park Skyhawks on Thursday night. The Knicks didn’t practice on Thursday after playing three games in four nights.
The active 6-foot-9 Sims has performed well for the Knicks when given an opportunity, averaging 4.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and one block in 13.9 minutes, but he hasn’t seen rotational minutes in the last three contests. He was instrumental in the Knicks’ two best wins of the year, on the road against the Nuggets and Jazz, and played well recently in the narrow loss at home to the Trail Blazers.
At the moment, Sims is the odd man out in the team’s center rotation, as Mitchell Robinson and Isaiah Hartenstein receive the bulk of the minutes. McBride received a few limited chances to play while Derrick Rose and Cam Reddish were out, but he has returned to his role on the bench since the duo returned.
It was a busy and challenging month of November for the Knicks. It included four back-to-backs and 11 games against teams above the .500 mark. They went 7-9. December figures to be easier. Just two back-to-backs, which are both at home, and of the Knicks’ 15 games, only five are against teams with winning records at the moment.
The Knicks’ four home wins in 10 games are tied for the second-fewest in the Eastern Conference. Only the Pistons and the Hornets have less. They each have three. Their six road victories (in 12 opportunities), though, are second in the conference, behind only the Celtics’ seven.