Josh Newman, SNYNets.com
Having already been sent to the D-League’s Springfield Armor once this season, Nets rookies Tornike Shengelia and Tyshawn Taylor are headed back there, it was announced by the team on Tuesday afternoon.
The rookie duo’s second stint with the Nets’ D-League affiliate comes nearly one month to the day after they were sent to Springfield and flourished in their only appearance for the Armor.
On Dec. 21 in a 127-119 home loss to the Erie BayHawks, a Knicks affiliate, Shengelia, a native of the Republic of Georgia, scored 22 points to go along with 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Taylor, a Jersey City native and former star at St. Anthony High School and Kansas University, scored a game-high 32 points on 13-for-28 shooting. Both players were recalled to Brooklyn the following day.
Since coming back, both have played only sparingly. For the season, Shengelia has appeared in 13 games, averaging 1.4 points, 0.8 steals and 0.7 rebounds per game. Taylor has made 21 appearances, averaging 1.6 points, 0.2 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.
“I’m always open for competition, I’m a competitor,” Taylor told SNY.tv on Dec. 23 when asked if he would welcome another D-League assignment. “I’ll play anywhere, right now especially. Not playing is crazy. I’ll go to a park and play right now if they send me there. That’s no problem, I’ll go down there again and try to win, try to work on my game and get better.”
Both players are expected to be in uniform on Thursday when the Armor are at the Maine Red Claws. Nothing beyond Thursday has been announced, but with the Nets on the road and relatively healthy at the moment, it appears both players may stick around through the weekend when the Armor host the Santa Cruz Warriors on Saturday and the Red Claws on Sunday.
The Nets open a three-game road trip on Wednesday in Minnesota before traveling to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday and the Houston Rockets on Saturday. They are not home again until Monday when they host the Orlando Magic at Barclays Center.
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