Brown played his college ball at Texas but then left for Europe and is currently in the Greek league where he averaged a measly 9.3 ppg. Brown is known for his defensive tenacity but as I’ve said many times, to be good in this league you need production on both ends of the floor. Brown can be a Shumpert type of player if the Knicks develop his three ball even more. He was solid from behind the arc, shooting 35.5% and if the Knicks can get it up 4-5 percentage points, he stands a chance of making the roster as a three point specialist now that Steve Novak was traded. I expect the Knicks coaching staff to play Brown for 10-15 mpg and I think that he will average 9 ppg, 1 apg, and 3 rpg on 35% shooting from the field and 41% shooting from behind the arc.
Terrence Jennings played his college ball at Louisville but didn’t amount to be anything special. He carried that into the D-League too. Jennings isn’t an amazing and it would be a stretch to call him a role player even in the D-League and I don’t see him getting that many minutes. I see Jennings being used in garbage time (4-6 mpg) and averaging 2 ppg, o apg, 1 rpg, on 40% shooting from the field.
Jerome Jordan has a lot to be playing for in this year’s summer league. The ex-Knick has been out of NBA basketball for a while now, and with the Knicks having presented him with this chance to work his way back to New York I see him taking it, which is something that can only benefit the organization. Jordan is a high energy, frontcourt player and can and has played all three positions in the front court. I see the Knicks coaching staff giving him 25-28 mpg and I see Jordan excelling by averaging 12 ppg, 3 apg, 10 rpg, and 2 bpg on 54% shooting from the field.
Justin Brownlee has a similar resumé to Terrence Jennings expect that in Brownlee’s final year of college ball, he did quite well averaging 12.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, and 1.1 spg on 49% shooting from the field and 34% shooting from behind the arc. It only went downhill after that. Brownlee went undrafted and after not being picked up by any teams during the summer league, he went on to play D-League ball and become nothing but a role player. I think that because the Knicks coaching staff has seen something from Brownlee, which he displayed in his final season at St. Johns, and it is something which the Knicks will be looking to recreate. I see the Knicks coaching staff giving him 18-20 mpg; while Brownlee goes on to average 15 ppg, 2 apg, 4 rpg, on 46% shooting from the field and 33% shooting from behind the arc.
Tyler has been in the league for two seasons and has been with the Golden State Warriors in 2011-2012 and then went to the Atlanta Hawks for part of the 2012-2013 season before heading back west to a reunion with Golden State. Tyler has not shown glimpses of what he can do in the league and that is why the Knicks are taking a chance on him. The 22 year old PF should expect to see 11-13 mpg while he should go on to average 4 ppg, 3 apg, and 5 rpg, on 42% shooting from the field.
The final player that was picked for the Knicks summer league roster is the undrafted PF out of Duke, Eloy Vargas. Vargas showed no potential to amount to anything in the NBA after averaging 1.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.6 bpg, 0.1 apg, and 0.1 spg. The Knicks should not look to take a risk by playing him many minutes but playing him for 3-5 mpg during garbage time should be right. I expect him to go on and average 1 ppg, 2 rpg, and shoot 38% from the field.
Knicks’ Summer League Schedule (Times are Pacific Time Zone):
Games at Cox Pavilion: Friday, July 12 vs. New Orleans 1:00 p.m. Sunday, July 14 vs. Washington 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 15 vs. Charlotte 1:00 p.m. July 17-22 Tournament Play TBD
All in all, this is one of best Summer League rosters competing this season, and one of the best ones the Knicks have put out to compete and I fully expect to see a lot of players shine from this group of players.