Hicks wasn't much of an offensive threat during his rookie campaign although he did score in double figures twice. His season high came on the final day of the regular season when he went off for 15 points at Cleveland. The former National Champion at UNC will be looking to secure a new contract when free agency opens this summer.
Hicks had four points (1-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, two assists, and one block in 17 minutes during Tuesday's 97-73 loss to the Magic.
Hicks earned double-digit minutes for the eighth time, albeit in a blowout loss. He had seen just 18 minutes over his last three appearances combined, this after receiving double-digit minutes in each of his five previous appearances. With the Knicks long removed from playoff contention, there could be some chances for Hicks to put together decent stats over the final four tilts.
Neither Hicks nor Damyean Dotson will be available for the NBA club's matchup with the Timberwolves on Friday night, which isn't a major surprise, though Hicks has logged at least 14 minutes in each of the Knicks' last four games. Expect the North Carolina product to rejoin the team sometime over the weekend.
Hicks will remain with the Knicks for Wednesday's game against the Heat and isn't expected to be assigned to the G League's Westchester Knicks at any point over the rest of the season, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.
The G League regular season will come to an end Friday, which also spells an end to the 45-day NBA service-time limit imposed on two-way players like Hicks and teammate Luke Kornet. While Kornet will head back to Westchester on Wednesday, Hicks isn't as close to encroaching on the 45-day limit and thus won't have to jockey back in forth the NBA and the G League for service-time reasons any longer. The North Carolina product has emerged as a staple in head coach Jeff Hornacek's rotation lately as the lottery-bound Knicks use the final handful of contests to evaluate younger players on the roster. Hicks is averaging 6.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game over New York's past four contests.
Hicks finished with 29 points (12-17 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal during Saturday's 124-103 taming of the Herd.
This was Hick's highest scoring game since erupting for 32 points back on Nov. 27, and also added at least one mark in every statistical category. The 6-8 forward out of North Carolina is currently averaging 15.5 points and 8.0 rebounds during his first stint in the G League.
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