Former Skyforce Guard Now Permanently New Orleans Pelicans Property
In a season where a two-time G League Defensive Player of the Year could have been in a Sioux Falls Skyforce uniform, DeAndre Liggins has earned a guaranteed deal with a playoff contender in the NBA.
Initially, Liggins who was a main reason that the Skyforce won a championship in 2016 was signed by the Miami Heat in training camp with the goal of sending him to their G League affiliate. The relationship never got that far because the Milwaukee Bucks claimed the former Kentucky star off waivers to add to their stable.
After 31 games and one start, Milwaukee parted ways with Liggins and New Orleans came calling and offered a couple 10-day runs. While with the Bucks, Liggins averaged 15 minutes and just 1.8 points per contest.
His production over four games with the Pelicans showed that he maximized his action on the court. In just shy of 13 minutes per contest, Liggins is up to 4 points per game and hit 7 of 9 shots in those four contests.
As it currently stands, Liggins switches from one playoff contender for another though his former team is in a slightly better situation heading into the All-Star Break. Milwaukee is currently the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference while New Orleans seventh in the West and 1.5 games in front of Clippers who are the ninth team in the standings.
Without DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) and the addition of Nikola Mirotic to add to the presence of Anthony Davis, Liggins will try to add depth to a club desperately trying to navigate the Western Conference gauntlet.