Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King announced this morning that the team’s two seldom-used rookies, Tyshawn Taylor and Tornike Shengelia are headed to the Springfield Armor of the D-League.
This is just the third time this season that the Nets have assigned Taylor to the Armor. He has played a total of four games, putting up special numbers; 26.5 PPG, 7.5 AST, 4.3 REB, shooting 45.7% FG, 38.5% from three, and 73.9% from the free throw line. He has averaged 41 minutes in those four games. In Brooklyn, Taylor has averaged just over five minutes per game while only playing in 32 of the Nets’ 65 games this season.
This is Shengelia’s fourth stint with the Armor. In six Springfield games, Shengelia too has put up gaudy numbers; 26.8 PPG, 9.2 REB, 5.0 AST, shooting 57.7% FG, 41.4% from three and 69.8% FT. He has averaged 37.8 MPG with the Armor. With the Nets, Shengelia has yet to crack the rotation this season. The 21-year old Georgian rookie has averaged just under four minutes per contest with the Nets with his season high in minutes coming in a blowout loss to the Miami Heat in just the Nets’ third game of the season, back on November 7th.
The Armor play tonight vs. Fort Wayne at 7:00pm while the Nets play their next game Sunday at home vs. the Atlanta Hawks. It is unknown how long the two neophytes will stay in the Developmental League.