It’s that time of year again- the offseason. And with every offseason comes a chance to look at some younger players who have a shot at making an NBA roster. Yes, the Summer League. This is an article, which will project the stats of each player on the Knicks’ summer league roster.
Shumpert is going to be the marquee man in this year’s summer league team. He’s the best player competing in the Summer League this year but I do not expect him to take home the MVP crown mainly because I feel that the Knicks coaching staff will want to limit his playing time as it may lead to injury and it’s just not worth the risk.
To me, I feel that the Knicks are doing this so that Shumpert gets to work on developing his game even more so that he is ready for his first ever full season in the NBA next year. A full 82 game schedule is grueling and Shumpert will need to be performing at his very best night in and night out, and will have competition that could take his place if he falls in J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. I project Shumpert to be playing around 15-18 minutes a game and probably average 10 ppg, 3 apg, and 4 rpg while shooting 48% from the field and 44% from behind the arc.
The whole point of the summer league is to look for fresh talent that can take the NBA by storm and to me; Toure Murray looks like a boom or bust player. Let’s hope it’s the former.
Murray played his college ball at Wichita St. but ever since his days there, he has been succumbed to playing D-League ball, where he has shined. Murray has proven that he is an elite point guard in the D-League but can he make the jump? I feel that the Knicks coaching staff have spotted his potential and that is why, I expect him to play 22-25 minutes a game and average around 15 ppg, 6 apg, and 2 rpg while shooting 43% from the field and 32% from behind the arc.
Another interesting prospect on the list is Tony Mitchell. Mitchell played his college ball at Alabama but then was kicked off the team. He proceeded to be part of the D-League and eventually the MVP of the D-League. This kid also won the Sprite Dunk Factory D-League Dunk Competition. Mitchell is capable of being big in this league because of his high energy play, great shooting stroke, and athleticism. I project that Mitchell will play 30-32 minutes a game and average 18 ppg, 2 apg, 7 rpg, on 52% shooting from the field, and 35% shooting from behind the arc.