Ellenson tallied 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals in the Knicks' 108-103 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night. He'd played just four minutes in his first two games with the team.
"This was a lot of fun, knowing how much I've gone through just to get here," Ellenson told reporters Tuesday. "Being at the Garden, growing up watching Melo [Carmelo Anthony] as my favorite player. I just want to keep it going. I had one good game. I'll enjoy it tonight but it's back to work tomorrow."
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The 22-year-old Wisconsin native was a first-round pick of the Detroit Pistons in the 2016 draft. He split time between the Pistons and the Grand Rapids Drive, the team's G League affiliate, over the past two-plus seasons before getting released in early February.
Ellenson averaged 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds while shooting 36.4 percent from the field across 59 appearances for the Pistons.
The Marquette product could struggle to see ample playing time in the Knicks frontcourt during the stretch run of the regular season, though. He'll be competing with Noah Vonleh, Luke Kornet, Lance Thomas and Isaiah Hicks for minutes at the 4.
That said, it's a worthwhile flier for New York following Ellenson's breakout performance.