The Knicks will play in the Orlando Summer League. Here’s what you need to know:
Orlando Summer League: July 1-5, 6th “Championship Day”
Utah Summer League: July 3, 5-6
Las Vegas Summer League: July 7-11, playoffs July 12-17
Orlando Summer League: Amway Center practice court
Utah Summer League: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Las Vegas Summer League: Thomas & Mack Center, Cox Pavilion
How to Watch:
All games will be broadcasted live on NBATV or on the ESPN networks. The Utah and Las Vegas Summer Leagues are open to the public, while the Orlando league will not be.
And now for the team’s preview:
All expected players as of June 30th
Players expected to compete: Damyean Dotson, Ognen Jaramaz, Maurice N’Dour, Frank Ntilkina, Marshall Plumlee, Chasson Randle, Jamel Artis, Nigel Hayes, Canyon Barry, Luke Kornet, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Dominique Jones, Louis Labeyrie
New York’s squad doesn’t feature many big names. New York is in a rebuilding stage right now, and all of the players on the summer team could be fighting for a spot on the NBA team, at the very least with the Westchester Knicks of the G-League.
Chasson Randle was given an opportunity last year to take the Knicks’ starting point guard. He will know likely be stuck behind Frank Ntilikina. A strong summer can reassure the Knicks of Randle’s abilities.
Former Wisconsin power forward Nigel Hayes was one of the most disappointing players in all of college basketball. Hayes was named preseason Big Ten Player of the Year, but his shooting stroke disappeared and he struggled with a low motor. Now that Hayes will be playing for a paycheck, Hayes could potentially put more effort into his game and use his talent to the best of his ability.
Second rounders Damyean Dotson and Ognen Jaramaz will get their first NBA experience. With his entry into summer league, Jaramaz likely won’t be a draft-and-stash.
Last year’s Knicks Maurice N’Dour and Marshall Plumlee certainly do not have safe roster spots for next year. A strong summer will help N’Dour and Plumlee stay in New York.
Luke Kornet is relatively young for a four year college player, and his size (7’1″) could make him an interesting NBA prospect. Jamel Artis and Xavier Rathan-Mayes are trying to prove that their college success can translate to NBA success.
Player to Watch: Frank Ntilikina
The 8th overall pick is only 18 years old, and his potential to be a 3-and-D point guard is through the roof. Ntilikina played little minutes overseas with Strasbourg, so his small sample size raises question marks about his ability.
Ntilikina can erase those question marks by giving a strong performance against other NBA prospects this summer.