Cyclones in the NBA: Diante Garrett returns to Iowa Energy


Former Iowa State men’s basketball guard Diante Garrett will be heading back to the NBA D-League team, the Iowa Energy, this season.

The Energy broke the news on Tuesday night over Twitter.

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This is the second stint for Garrett with the Iowa Energy. Last year, he was acquired by them in a trade from the Tulsa 76ers on November 1st. 12 days later, still in training camp, the Utah Jazz called him up and spent nearly a whole NBA regular season with them. He was the first call-up from the D-League to the NBA in the 2013-14 season.

Garrett played in three preseason games for the Portland Trail Blazers this season. He played a little over 16 minutes and went 2 of 3 from the field, 1 of 2 from downtown, and also recorded two assists and two rebounds. However, he obviously didn’t make the cut.

In a better sample size, Iowa State’s former shooting guard averaged 14.8 minutes, 3.5 points, 1.7 assists, and 1.4 rebounds per game with the Jazz last year. He shot 38.1 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from 3-point range (36 of 96).  He appeared in a total of 71 games, but didn’t start in any.

Garrett hasn’t recorded any stats with the Energy obviously, and has only played two games at the D-League level with the Bakersfield Jam when he was with the Phoenix Suns.

No offense to the Iowa Energy, but hopefully this is another short stint with the D-League. Hopefully Garrett will be back with an NBA squad soon.