What's the next stop for Patrick Ewing Jr.? - Lennart Preiss
Patrick Ewing Jr. recently broke his contract with the German team Telekom Baskets Bonn. After posting solid numbers in the NBA D-League last season, Ewing Jr. should consider a return to the NBADL to help his chances at another shot in the Association.
Patrick Ewing Jr. and Telekom Baskets Bonn have decided to part ways.
The former Georgetown Hoya, and son of New York Knicks' legend Patrick Ewing, headed overseas to Germany after playing in the NBA D-League last season. Ewing Jr. averaged 11.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in Bundesliga, and his totals in Eurochallenge were 7.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.7 assists.
Ewing Jr.'s future plans have not yet been revealed, but the D-League would once again be a fitting destination for the 28-year-old forward, who still wishes to play in the NBA, according to his father. Ewing Jr.'s career averages in the NBA D-League are not staggering, but certainly respectable. In 109 total games, the forward averaged 15.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.4 steals.
Last season, Ewing Jr. played for Sioux Falls before being traded to the Iowa Energy. He averaged 8.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 23.7 minutes per game during the 2011-2012 season. The forward had two 20-plus point games as a member of the Skyforce last January, and three games in which he grabbed 10 total rebounds.
Ewing Jr. has been an efficient player during his NBA D-League career, but if he would like a shot with an NBA team, he would surely have to increase upon his career totals.
With the NBA D-League Showcase around the corner, and NBA teams dishing out Call-Ups recently, a solid performance upon a return to the D-League could be Ewing Jr.'s best chance at getting another shot in the Association. Ewing Jr. has previously been a member of the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, and New Orleans Hornets.
The famed descendant of one of the NBA's best centers, Ewing Jr.'s last work in the NBA was parlaying a 10-day contract into an extension during the end of the 2010-2011 season with New Orleans. Trades and injury issues were some of the reasons that Ewing Jr. struggled to stick in The Association prior to his break with the Hornets, however.
Being the son of such a historic and well-known player as his father, Ewing Jr. has surely dealt with his fair share of expectations and even criticism for perhaps underachieving. Yet, Ewing Jr.'s NBA window still remains open a bit if he can piece together a solid showing back in the D-League. If his desire is to play in the NBA again, there is no better avenue for him than the NBA D-League.