Liggins Earns NBADL Performer of the Week Award
Defense is his calling card. However DeAndre Liggins of the Sioux Falls Skyforce has been doing good work in multiple areas of the game.
The NBA Development League named Liggins their Performer of the Week for games played December 21 through 27. During that time Sioux Falls won all three of their games.
After posting a triple-double against Fort Wayne (14 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds) on December 18, he duplicated that feat against the Mad Ants (14 points, 12 assists, 11 rebounds) nine days later.
Liggins is the only NBADL player so far this season to record a triple-double. During the three games last week, Liggins averaged 17.3 points, 9 assists and 8.7 rebounds in victories over Raptors 905, Oklahoma City and Fort Wayne.
The former Kentucky Wildcat is embracing the role of playmaker despite a hiccup or two along the way. “I’m trying to make easy decisions. Sometimes I overdo it and try to make the homerun play. Obviously I’m leading the league in turnovers so I’ve got to do a better job in controlling that. I’m just trying to make my teammates better in every way.”
It’s the second time in his career for Liggins to be named Performer of the Week. The first time was two years ago (December 30, 2013) for the Skyforce.
For the season, Liggins is on the NBADL leader board for steals per game (2nd) and assists per game (2nd). Through 56 games in his Skyforce career Liggins has a total of 144 steals (2.57 per game) which is 11 behind Melvin Newbern for 10th all-time.