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Indiana Pacers assign Rakeem Christmas and Joe Young to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants

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Forward Rakeem Christmas and guard Joe Young have been assigned to the Pacers’ D-League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Additionally, Ben Bentil is returning to Fort Wayne.

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Announced on Tuesday by the Indiana Pacers, Rakeem Christmas and Joe Young have been assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Christmas, who spent most of last season with the Mad Ants, has appeared in only three games for the Pacers in the 2016-17 season while averaging 1.0 points, 1.0 rebounds and 0.3 blocks per game. In his five games with the Mad Ants, Christmas has averaged 13.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.

Young, the Oregon guard drafted along Myles Turner, will be joining the Mad Ants for the first time this season. Young has averaged 2.7 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game in his 20 appearances for the Pacers this season.

In addition to Rakeem Christmas and Joe Young, Ben Bentil will be joining the Mad Ants as well after his stint with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in China.

During his 11 games in China, Bentil averaged 13.7 points and 4.8 rebounds in 20.9 minutes per game.

All three players are expected to participate in the 2017 NBA D-League Showcase in Mississauga, ON this weekend.