Archive for December 31, 2016

Playing along side dominant scorers Manny Harris and the recently departed Pierre Jackson, Kyle Collinsworth is far for the first option for the D-League’s Texas Legends.

It also means Collinsworth doesn’t have the ball in his hands nearly as much when he was a triple-double machine for the BYU Cougars.

While his shot attempts and assist totals have reflected his opportunities on such a deep team, he has started to make strides on the offensive end of the floor.

His growth was evident in a Legends’ 112-104 loss to the Reno Big Horns when he finished with a career-high 14 points on 6 for 9 shooting from the floor. He added nine rebounds and five assists while tying his career-high with four steals while playing 31 minutes.

A huge part of his growth has come from an improved touch from beyond the arc where he has connected on four of his last six attempts after making one of his first 14. That has pushed his 3-point percentage on the season from 7.1 percent up to 25.

He showed off that stroke in the loss to the Bighorns as he connected on 2 for 4 from deep, including a corner three in the third quarter that cut the deficit to eight. A key to the wide open look was that he didn’t hesitate to let the shot fly.

He added his second 3-pointer of the night late in the fourth after a little fake created extra space before he squared up and hit nothing but net from the right wing.

His solid night pushed his averages to 6.6 points on 44.5 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 7.5 rebounds (3.2 on the offensive end), 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals in 27.6 minutes a game.

Those numbers place him eighth in the league in offensive rebounds, 12th in steals, 29th in rebounds, and 31st in assists.

Up next for Collinsworth and the Legends is a week off before they have back-to-back games with the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

 

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