The New York Knicks have come to terms on a one-year, partially guaranteed contract with Jon Shurna. Shurna went undrafted out of Northwestern University, and then struggled with the Atlanta Hawks in summer league play.
He played 37.3 minutes a game last year, averaging 20 points, while shooting 46.3 from the field and 44% from deep, and 5.4 rebounds. Shurna stands at 6’10″ and weighs a little more than 200 pounds, all while having a consistent jumper from beyond the arc. Sounds like anyone we know? Well, DraftExpress gives him a best-case comparison to Steve Novak…
Essentially, this signing boils down to bringing in another player to compete for a roster spot, which I’m all for. As it stands, Shurna will likely be competing with Chris Copeland and Chris Smith for two roster spots. Shurna has a successful collegiate career, but the NBA is very different. Like I said earlier, he struggled in summer league, but he did have an impressive workout with the Milwaukee Bucks. He made 36 of 40 three-pointers, equating to a remarkable 90% three-point shooting percentage. Of course, shooting with no one guarding you is much easier than shooting over the world’s best basketball players, but at least the mechanics are in place.
By no means is Shurna a lock to make the opening day roster, but that’s not the deal he received. The Knicks are brining him in to give him a shot, while barely taking on any risk. Expect a few more similar deals in the coming weeks, as we get closer to the open of training camp.