After their 113-111 win over Canton before Christmas, the Grand Rapids Drive have all of next week to prepare for the Erie Bayhawks arrival on Saturday. After a nine-day break between games, the Drive return to the court January 2nd at the DeltaPlex Arena. The Bayhawks, on the other hand, will be playing their fourth game in eight days over the holidays.
Erie, amid a 3-year NBADL partnership affiliation with the Orlando Magic, are led by former Michigan State guard Keith Appling, whose averaging 14.1 points, and Jordan Sibert(13.7 points). Melvin Ejim is in charge of the frontcourt, leading the team in rebounding at 8.7 per game. Last year’s NCAA scoring leader, Eastern Washington’s Tyler Harvey, has shown promise in his rookie year.
The Bayhawks will have to improve their scoring output if they hope to gain ground in the Atlantic Division, they rank at the bottom of the D-League with 92.9 points per game. They also rank near the bottom of the league in FG%(42.8), 3P%(31.6) and rebounds(41.3). They are having 5.6 shots blocked each game, which leads the league. Defensively, they lead the league in steals at 10.8 per game but it comes at a cost of also committing the most personal fouls per game(27.4). Erie’s overall plus/minus rating of -7.3 is worst in the D-League.
After welcoming Magic assignee Devyn Marble for eight games, the Bayhawks hope they can replace his 13.9 points and 6.4 rebounds in the lineup after his return to the NBA roster earlier this week. Filling the void of 32.2 minutes and Marble’s 10.0 PIE will be up to the cast of Nnanna Egwu, Myck Kabongo and Derrick Caracter. It was announced today they have added John Jordan to their roster.
Delaware will play host to the Bayhawks today, before the team returns home to Pennsylvania to host the Texas Legends(Allen Durham/Grace Bible) tomorrow and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on December 30th before heading to Beer City, USA for the January 2nd game. Both teams will travel to Santa Cruz, CA after the game for the 2016 NBA D-League Showcase.