In their inaugural D-League campaign last year, the Westchester Knicks earned just ten victories. This season, they're already off to an impressive 4-0 start.
And while he was injured later in the week, DaJuan Summers was largely in part to thank for his efforts in three out of the four victories.
Fresh off a training camp stint with the affiliated New York Knicks, the forward averaged 25.3 points and 10.3 rebounds. As a result, he's been named the NBA D-League's first "Performer of the Week" for the the 2015-16 campaign. From the Westchester Knicks:
In three games, Summers (6-8, 240) led the Westchester Knicks to a 3-0 start before being injured on Friday, Nov. 20 in the final two minutes of the team's win against the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Prior to the injury, Summers was averaging 25.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game.
In his first game with Westchester, Summers scored a team-high 28 points, also grabbing nine rebounds in a 105-103 win over the Maine Red Claws. Summers followed his opening night performance with two straight double-doubles, collecting 30 points and 11 rebounds in the 83-79 win over the Erie BayHawks, and 18 points and 11 rebounds, along with four steals, in the 107-94 win over Sioux Falls.
Summers struggled in camp with New York, but perhaps much of that was due to a lack of opportunity. In any event, Summers netted some extra cash as a result of his participation, and thus, has since returned to the minor league (as opposed to heading overseas) after being waived. As a veteran of parts of four NBA seasons from 2009-13, the 27 year old boasts the type of experience than players hitting the D-League hardwood alongside him only crave.
The older he gets, the arguably more limited his window for opportunity becomes. That said, he's athletically in his prime and has the exposure and knowledge necessary to capitalize. He'll absolutely continue to have the minutes come his way, should he keep this up after returning from injury. It'll be interesting to see if he does just that.
***RidiculousUpside.com will present its first "Prospect of the Week" award of the season on Monday, November 30th.***