Miles McBride was a walking bucket during his two year stint at WVU and he has already started to make his presence felt for the New York Knicks during their first three summer league games. After scoring 9 points in his debut on Sunday followed by 14 points in a win over the Pacers on Monday, McBride exploded in Wednesday's late contest against the
Los Angeles Lakers.
The Cincinnati, Ohio native logged 28 minutes of action coming off the bench as NY's sixth man and dropped 22 points including a perfect 6 of 6 from beyond the arc making him the games second leading scorer. Here's a quick look at McBride's stellar shooting.
The Knicks selected McBride with the 36th overall pick in 2nd round of this summer's NBA Draft and while he was was actually the third player the Knicks selected behind Quentin Grimes (Houston) and Rokas Jokubaitis (FC Barcelona) I do believe McBride will have the biggest impact right away for New York and be the best long term NBA player amongst that trio.
"Deuce" as they called him in his high school days at Archbishop Moeller has always been known for his gritty and in your face defense. He didn't let up on an old Big 12 foe in Oklahoma product Austin Reaves who McBride shutdown holding him to only 2 points.
Somewhere down in Morgantown, Bobby Huggins and Press Virginia fans are grinning from ear to ear saying I told you so. At 6 foot 2 McBride is on the smaller end for current NBA guards but with his ridiculous 6 foot 8 wingspan and his bounce, he can still get up there to block shots as exhibited down below.
The best part about Miles McBride's huge performance was a tweet that circulated postgame that the 20 year old rookie went out to dinner in Vegas while still wearing his game jersey.
Now that's what is all about just like a Friday night at the diner after a big football win for the former standout high school QB.
McBride and the Knicks are back in action Friday night at 8:00 EST on ESPN3 against No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham and the Detroit Pistons.