The Knicks announced their roster for the Las Vegas Summer League on Thursday. The team will be headlined by Tim Hardaway Junior, Shane Larkin, Cole Aldrich, Cleanthony Early, Jeremy Tyler, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, and Shannon Brown. Derek Fisher will coach the team, hopefully with some of his assistant coaching staff in place by then.
The Knicks have finally taken a step to addressing their thin frontcourt. Sources indicated Friday night that the Knicks have given summer league standout Jeremy Tyler an invite to training camp, where he will be afforded a strong opportunity to earn a spot on the NBA roster. Tyler is a freakish athlete who has natural instincts for defense and rebounding. He is incredibly raw on offense, but his athleticism provides hope that he can become a servicable player on that end, as well. The Knicks hope he can emerge as a solid option at center and power forward. Best-case scenario, he becomes a player in the Tyson Chandler mold. Either way, Tyler has value, and let’s hope that the Knicks hit it big on this low-risk, high-reward investment.
Note: Most training camp invites include a non-guaranteed 1 year contract, so if the Knicks decide they want Tyler, they probably have him in their grasp.
Miami crushed the Knicks tonight in Las Vegas, in a game in which only a couple recognizable players saw game time. The starts were obviously missing for Miami, and the Knicks were missing their core, as well Tim Hardaway Jr, who sat out with a bruised wrist. Nothing to worry about, although a 47 point game is always worth a meme and a chuckle. -Tommy
Knicks 1st-round draft pick Tim Hardaway Jr suffered a bruised wrist during today’s summer league game and will not return. He will get x-rays on his wrist. Hardaway Jr. had been playing very well so let’s hope this is not an issue.
Jeremy Tyler was selected to be a member of the Knicks’ summer league squad. He is definitely a guy to watch. He is a freak of nature and had a good amount of buzz when he was in the draft a few years ago. Keep your eyes peeled for Tyler; he could help our frontcourt. -Tommy