All offseason the New York Knicks were in search of a reserve big man. They brought in a bunch of bodies hoping that one, possibly two, could take advantage of an opportunity to impress the coaching staff and make the team out of camp.
Apparently Ike Diogu didn’t get that memo.
Diogu looked like a decent signing when he got an invite to camp as he is a good athlete that could fill a role off the bench for the Knicks.
But early on this preseason it looks as if Diogu has put himself in a bad spot.
Next to guard Chris Smith, Diogu has been one of the least impressive Knicks players through two games and now looks to be behind the eight ball when it comes to his chances of making the team.
Diogu played just six minutes in the team’s preseason debut against Boston. He scored only two points, didn’t grab a rebound and had a whopping plus-minus of minus-14 in only six minutes of action.
The 30-year old logged seven minutes and went scoreless last night against Toronto. In that span he had an identical plus-minus as he did in the previous game. He missed his only two shots, grabbed one rebound and turned the ball over once.
That’s not the start you are looking for someone fighting to make the roster.
Diogu hasn’t looked good defensively either, but there are plenty of guys wearing a Knicks uniform that haven’t looked good defensively early in camp.
The good news for Diogu is that his competition for the final roster spot- Cole Aldrich and Josh Powell- haven’t done much to take firm control of the lead for the spot.
But Aldrich 6’10″ frame is more intriguing and although he hasn’t seen much time on the floor, his big body and willingness to hustle should give him the advantage. Josh Powell has also been more productive than Diogu in the early going.
When there’s multiple bodies fighting for one spot, someone is always going to be the odd-man out.
Early on that appears to be Diogu.
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