The New York Knicks acquired Ignas Brazdeikis at the 2019 NBA Draft. For Brazdeikis to realize his potential, the best bet will be diving in to film study.
The New York Knicks have been one of the better teams in the Association at finding talent after the first round of the NBA Draft. In recent years, New York selected Mitchell Robinson at No. 36 overall and signed Allonzo Trier as an undrafted free agent shortly thereafter.
In 2019, the Knicks maneuvered to bring in former Michigan Wolverines sharpshooter Ignas Brazdeikis in the second round of the NBA Draft.
Brazdeikis has seen limited minutes at Madison Square Garden, but has thrived with the Westchester Knicks. The 21-year-old, who was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2019, has averaged 20.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in 24 appearances with Westchester.
His jump shot hasn’t been falling with the efficiency that most had hoped for, but the flashes of brilliance have been clear to see—and he’s even shot 49.9 percent from the field.
The next step, of course, is proving that he can produce at the highest level.
Brazdeikis has a guaranteed salary of just over $1.5 million for the 2020-21 season, as well as a club option for 2021-22. Given the affordability of his contract and the skill set he offers, it’s fair to believe he’ll be around, barring a trade of some sort.
In order to prove himself indispensable, Ignas Brazdeikis should take this unique time in isolation to study the players who came before him.
Doing so could make him a key piece for the New York Knicks.