Is Henry Ellenson the Knicks savior? Well, not quite. But, the third year player had the game of his NBA career finishing with 13 points, nine rebounds, and five assists in a win over the Orlando Magic. He helped push the late Knicks lead from one to four, and even garnered the legendary “BANG” reaction from home commentator Mike Breen:
— NBA (@NBA) February 27, 2019
During his first two seasons in Detroit, Ellenson rarely saw the floor. Things have surely changed quickly during this short stint with the Knicks. Ellenson, in just his second game as a Knick, is making the most of his 10-day contract. He played a team-high (and career-high) 36 minutes on the night, embodying everything the Knicks have been about this season.
The objective in New York has been to play the young guys and get them in-game experience. In the past, the Knicks haven’t been the best at player development. However, with Coach David Fizdale at the helm, they’re looking to complete the 180-degree turnaround.
Although the Knicks have lost many games this season, there is no doubt the coaching staff and upper management are looking to see which young players can be part of their long term plans. After officially trading Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks have completely washed themselves of any lingering player issues and vow to start fresh. With their “fingers crossed”, all eyes will be on the 2019 NBA Draft and free agency.
Henry Ellenson played one college season for Marquette University and averaged 17 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. He earned All-Big East First Team, Big East All-Freshmen Team and Big East Freshman of the Year honors as a Golden Eagle.