Ray Parks moves to Westchester Knicks

RayParks, Jr. is taking his talent to the Big Apple.  

The Westchester Knicks grabbed the Fil-Am with the last pick in the 2016 D-League draft on Monday (Manila time).

With the eight pick in the sixth round, the affiliate of the New York Knicks rounded up their five selections with Parks, Jr.

Parks, Jr. spent his rookie season with the Texas Legends, Dallas Mavericks’ affiliate, but went back to the draft pool after he was not re-signed to a new contract.

The 25th overall pick of last year’s draft, Parks, Jr. slowly earned his spot in the regular rotation from being the Legends’ 12th man into the first player off the bench. In 32 games including four starts, he averaged 4.6 points on 43-percent clip, 1.9 rebounds and almost one assist in 13.3 minutes. He made a strong push late in the season, ending his rookie year with back-to-back double digit scoring including a career-high 16-point game against the Oklahoma City Blue.

After the season, he went home and suited up for Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA Olympic Qualifier averaging 2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2 assists in 15 minutes.

With the Knicks, Parks, Jr. will be joining a team which is coming off its first playoff appearance in its three-year franchise history. Westchester finished with a winning record, 28-22, behind former NBA first round pick Jimmer Fredette, who is now playing in the CBA as import for the Shanghai Sharks, NBA veteran Keith Bogans and Giannis Antekounmpo’s brother Thanasis.

The Knicks will open the season at home on Nov. 19 (Nov. 20 Manila time) against Greensboro Swarm, Charlotte Hornets’ new affiliate. – Alder Almo