Coming off a breakout performance against the Houston Rockets, New York Knicks forward Chris Copeland is making plea for more playing time.
But will his calls go unanswered?
Copeland starting for the injured Carmelo Anthony, scored a career-high 29 points on a very efficient 11-of-19 shooting performance Monday night against the Rockets.
He has been opening eyes since Summer League play began, but you have to wonder what the rookie’s role will be on this team in the future?
With Anthony coming back from a sprained ankle, Copeland certainly won’t be in the starting lineup. The return of Marcus Camby on Friday could also cost Copeland minutes as Knicks’ head coach may need to use Camby in the rotation more than before because the Knicks’ defense has not been as strong as of late.
Add to that the fact that Amar’e Stoudemire is set to return in a couple of weeks and there is now a logjam for minutes at the 4.
Copeland’s stat line says he is only averaging 5.3 points per game, but when he has been given more minutes, he has produced very nicely. He’s been a nice spark off the bench who has proven that he can fill it up. In addition, the rookie is shooting an impressive 53.3 percent from the floor.
But scoring hasn’t been the problem for the Knicks and with Stoudemire coming back soon; it should be even less of one.
Right now Copeland doesn’t offer much at the defensive end of the floor, which ultimately could cost him minutes.
I really like the spark that Copeland brings off the bench, but there are only so many minutes to go around and it is likely Copeland won’t get many, if any of them, in the next couple of weeks.
There’s always the chance he could be assigned to the D-League for a stretch just to get some minutes, but that remains to be seen.
It would be nice to see Copeland has a spot in Woodson’s rotation in the future, but that just may not be possible once the Knicks are completely healthy.
Follow Matt Shetler on Twitter for news, reaction and analysis from around the NBA.