On Wednesday, former Mountaineer guard Miles McBride got his first action in the NBA G-League, appearing for the Westchester Knicks as they took on the Long Island Nets.
In McBride’s first game, he posted a stat line of 25 points, nine assists, and five rebounds, while shooting 10-of-24 from the field. McBride, a product of Bob Huggins’s defensive style, added two steals in the effort.
McBride has seen a limited role so far for the Knicks this season, as he has only seen minutes in five games. The Knicks have a load of talent at the guard position, as they are led by veteran and star presences such as Kemba Walker, Derrick Rose, and Evan Fournier. New York also have young talent at the position with Immanuel Quickley providing the team with valuable minutes.
The Knicks selected Miles McBride and former Kansas/Houston guard Quentin Grimes in this year’s NBA Draft, so they have a little more than they need at the position right now.
Sending McBride to the G-League to get valuable reps will be good for the rookie, as it will give him good experience against legitimate competition.
As WVU fans might remember, former Mountaineer star and current Brooklyn Nets guard Jevon Carter has taken the G-League route before. In his rookie season with the Memphis Grizzlies, Carter would play some games with the NBA team, but then he’d get assigned to play some games for the Memphis Hustle. Just about every time Carter got sent down to the G-League, he would put up big numbers, earning himself a good new contract.
Miles McBride may need to have that same mentality across the 2021-2022 season, as he will need to prove himself in the G-League and earn himself some NBA minutes.