ESPN and the TrueHoop Network have begun ranking every player in the NBA; from 500 all the way to No.1 (I wonder who that will be). As they unveil their rankings, I thought it would be nice to see where each New York Knicks player ranks on their list.
Their rankings are based on votes from 104 “experts,” as they rate each player on a 0-to-10 scale, in terms of “the current quality of each player.”
On a bit of a comical note, former New York Knicks center Eddie Curry checked in as the worst player in the NBA at No. 500.
Let’s take a look at the first Knicks’ player on the list in forward James White, who had an overall score of 1.89 in the rankings. For comparison purposes, I’ll note that Xavier Silas checked in just ahead of White and Donald Sloan came in just after.
One of the first moves the Knicks made this offseason was to sign the athletic White, who played the past two seasons in Italy. While there, he became one of the best scorers in Lega Basket Serie A- the highest level of basketball in Italy. White led the league in 2011, averaging 21.0 points per game and finished third last season, averaging 17.7.
White adds some athleticism to the Knicks rotation as he’s known as a high flyer and pretty much just a dunker, but he worked on becoming more of a complete player the past two seasons. He proved he could adjust to two different offensive styles in Italy, but he also averaged about five rebounds, three assists and two steals per game.
He is expected to be a spark off the bench for the Knicks this season, with his athleticism to draw fouls and defensive abilities against multiple positions, but didn’t show many signs of that during Summer League play in Las Vegas.
White has some NBA experience, he was a member of the Spurs and Rockets during the 2006-07 and 2008-09 seasons, respectively, but he only played in a total of 10 games, averaging 5.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.
I don’t expect much out of White off the bench this season as the Knicks are a very deep team even without him, but with a bench that is up there in age, coach Mike Woodson could fall in love with his athleticism. If White could show signs of producing early on, he could turn into a pretty nice find.
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