Brandon Costner appeared in 43 games (28 starts) towards averages of 14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists on 42.3 percent field goals and 34.2 percent on three-pointers.
Over the last 15 games of the season, Costner posted marks of 17.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals on 48.6 percent field goals and 39.8 percent from beyond the arc. During that stretch, he was recognized as NBA D-League Co-Performer of the Week for games played from March 17 to March 23.
In two postseason games vs. Santa Cruz, he averaged 28.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.5 blocks and 1.0 steals on 50.0 percent field goals, which included a D-Fenders postseason franchise record 39 points in Game 2.
– On how he would describe the year from a personal standpoint:
“For me personally, it was a pretty good season overall. It started off pretty slow still recovering from surgery and trying to get my timing back and trying to get strength back in my legs. But my legs got stronger as the season went on and the last two months or so, I was back playing like myself (of old). My leg got stronger almost every week it seemed like. Over the last month or so, I was able to play relatively pain free as far as moving and doing things I normally do. ”
*Costner broke his shin and had a rod placed and six screws inserted and was out of commission for a year-and-a-half.
– On how he would sum up the season:
“We started off pretty slow, we had a lot of changes with guys trying to get used to and comfortable with. Somewhere around midway or around the NBA D-League Showcase, we kind of figured out how we’re supposed to do things and form an identity as a team and started playing well. We carried that all the way until the end of the season. We were probably playing as good as anybody in the league. Overall, it was a success – outside of the playoffs.”
– On playing in Mike D’Antoni’s system:
“It’s a really diverse offense with a lot of spreading the floor and trying to take advantage of mismatches. It gives guys a lot of freedom. In that respect, it was pretty cool for an offensive player.”
– On his plans for the offseason:
“I’m heading to China on Wednesday to play in a summer league that will last until July. It would be nice to be invited to (training) camp, but that’s a few months down the road. If not, I will probably head back across the water and play overseas. I’m going to fine tune everything and continue to get into better shape.”