Knicks’ Summer League – Four Guys You May Not Know…Yet

When evaluating the Knicks Summer league roster, you clearly see that the Knicks’ roster has vastly improved their roster compared to last years.  You actually have some players with legit college, D-League and international play experience.  We are all excited to see how well Iman Shumpert has developed his ball handling skills as the Knicks look for him to improve in that area this season.  We also get another look at Chris Smith, after his underwhelming performance in last year’s summer league showcase. Jerome Jordan is also on this summer’s squad after being on the Knicks 2011-2012 regular season roster.  Jordan also played for the Pacers’ summer league team in Orlando this week and only had one solid performance.  Jordan remains a long shot to make the Pacers team.

We get to also evaluate two Knick rookies who will most likely be making the big club: Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr., and NC State’s CJ Leslie.  The Knicks may choose to leave one more roster spot open for a summer league player, which will give the Knicks more youth and hopefully more upside for the future.  Who knows if Grunwald may find another Copeland?  Here are the top four players you may not know much about, but who are ready to make an impression on the Knicks this summer and the reasons why.

Toure Murry

Murry played combo guard in his four years at Wichita State and in the D-League last year.  Murry is a terrific defender, earning MVC All Defensive Honors in 2010 and 2012, as well as D-League All Defensive 2nd team honors in 2013.  Murry has excellent size at 6-5, 200 pounds.  Despite his defensive skills  and high motor, he struggles shooting the ball in college. In 4 years at Wichita State, he averaged 11 pts, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.4 turnovers per game while shooting 40% from the field and 31% from three.  His highest three point shooting percentage came in his sophomore year, where he shot 33%.

He improved his numbers over 46 games on the Rio Grande team in the D-League last year, shooting 36% from three and 45% from the field with 8 pts, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 1.6 steals per game.  He stepped up his game in the D- League playoffs. In six games playing 36 minutes per game, he averaged 14 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, and nearly three steals while shooting 49% from the field, and 39% from three. In Murry, the Knicks have a versatile, mature, athletic, defensive minded  player who showed the ability to improve in the D-league.  If he impresses in Vegas, he may be able to fill one of the last guard spots on the Knicks roster.

NCAA Regular Season Stats
Year

Cl

School

G

MPG

FG%

3PT%

FT%

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

TO

PPG

2008-2009 Fr Wichita State

34

28.2

.371

.321

.753

3.76

2.50

1.29

0.38

2.76

11.00

2009-2010 So Wichita State

35

31.6

.424

.331

.708

5.00

3.11

1.40

0.26

2.11

11.94

2010-2011 Jr Wichita State

37

26.1

.407

.283

.797

4.51

3.38

1.22

0.27

2.68

9.35

2011-2012 Sr Wichita State

33

29.3

.422

.286

.789

4.73

3.30

1.27

0.33

2.15

12.15

CAREER

139

28.8

.405

.311

.762

4.50

3.08

1.29

0.31

2.43

11.07

 

D-League Regular Season
Year

Team

G

MPG

FG%

3PT%

FT%

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

TO

PPG

2012-2013 RGV

46

23.4

.454

.361

.687

2.54

2.76

1.61

0.15

2.00

8.33

CAREER

46

23.4

.454

.361

.687

2.54

2.76

1.61

0.15

2.00

8.33

 

D-League Playoff Stats
Year

Team

G

MPG

FG%

3PT%

FT%

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

TO

PPG

2012-2013 RGV

6

35.9

.493

.389

.733

5.00

4.83

2.83

0.33

3.67

14.00

CAREER

6

35.9

.493

.389

.733

5.00

4.83

2.83

0.33

3.67

14.00

Tony Mitchell

Mitchell is an uber athletic 6-6, 216 pound swing man from Alabama. Mitchell is another player who improved their play in the D-League last season.  Mitchell was phenomenal in the D-League last season averaging 22 points, 6 rebounds, 1.4 steals and just under 3 assists per game.  He also shot 42% from the field and 32% from downtown.  He earned All D-League 2st Team and, obviously, All Rookie D League honors.   His issues seemed to be his attitude at Alabama, where he only played two and a half years.  He was dismissed from the program during the middle of his junior year during the 2011-2012 season. He was a contributor as a freshman and finished with college career averages of 13 points, 6 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game, while shooting 49% from the field and 31% from three.

Mitchell also started in several games for the Boston Celtics summer league team in Orlando this past week, posting impressive numbers and making some very athletic blocks and finishes.  Mitchell averaged 10.5 points, 2.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds and shot 47% from the field and 40% from three with Boston.  Mitchell will attempt to find a way on this team through his energy, defense and improved outside shooting.  He is a smart player who may be NBA bound after his break through rookie season in the D-League.

NCAA Regular Season Stats
Year

Cl

School

G

MPG

FG%

3PT%

FT%

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

TO

PPG

2009-2010 Fr Alabama

30

23.3

.487

.263

.586

5.90

0.57

1.33

0.70

0.67

9.17

2010-2011 So Alabama

37

31.5

.522

.316

.658

7.11

1.32

1.59

1.11

1.73

15.24

2011-2012 Jr Alabama

22

31.1

.450

.311

.615

7.05

1.82

1.00

1.41

1.86

13.14

CAREER

89

28.6

.493

.301

.630

6.69

1.19

1.36

1.04

1.40

12.67

 

D-League Regular Season Stats
Year

Team

G

MPG

FG%

3PT%

FT%

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

TO

PPG

2012-2013 FWN

48

35.3

.422

.317

.718

6.42

2.67

1.42

0.73

2.44

21.85

CAREER

48

35.3

.422

.317

.718

6.42

2.67

1.42

0.73

2.44

21.85

Awards & Honors:
Rookie of the Year (2013)
Performer of the Week (01/07/13, 03/25/13)
Player Of The Month (Mar 13)
All D-League 1st Team (2013)
All-Rookie 1st Team (2013)
NBA D-League Showcase Honorable Mention Team (2013)
Showcase Slam Dunk Participant (2013

College: Alabama (2012)

 

Jeremy Tyler

Jeremy Tyler is someone I hoped the Knicks would take in the second round of the 2011 NBA draft.  Tyler is only 22 years, but he has played in the NBA, Japan, Israel and the D-League. He’s 6-10, 260 pounds and has some raw physical attributes.  He attended high school in San Diego, averaging 29 points per game his junior year of high school. He never played in college, retracting his commitment to Louisville in 2008. He then decided to play internationally instead of finishing his senior year in high school.  He went on to play in the Israeli Super league for the 2009-2010 season, where played in just 10 games. He quit and went back to his hometown of San Diego in March, 2010. He would sign with a team in Japan’s professional league for the 2010-2011 campaign, playing 33 games and averaging 10 points and 6 rebounds while shooting 52% from the field in just 15 minutes of action.  He finally showed some promise playing in a professional league.

He was then drafted 39th overall by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2011 NBA Draft.  The Golden State Warriors bought a pick for his rights and he played for the Warriors with several stints in the D League during the 2011-2012 year. He also ended up starting several games for Golden State.  In 2013, Tyler was traded to the Atlanta Hawks for a second round pick, he was then waived by Atlanta before joining the D-League again.

His D-League stats were impressive but he played in just 12 D-League games last year averaging 17 points and 9 rebounds while shooting 55% from the field in 28 minutes of action.

NBA Regular Season Stats
Year

Team

G

MPG

FG%

3PT%

FT%

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

TO

PPG

2011-2012 GOS

42

13.5

.421

.000

.558

3.33

0.38

0.38

0.48

0.86

4.88

2012-2013 * ATL   [+]

21

3.3

.375

.000

.667

0.95

0.05

0.05

0.10

0.29

1.05

2012-2013 GOS

20

3.2

.375

.000

.667

0.85

0.05

0.05

0.10

0.30

1.10

2012-2013 ATL

1

5.4

.000

.000

.000

3.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

CAREER

63

10.1

.416

.000

.569

2.54

0.27

0.27

0.35

0.67

3.60

D-League Regular Season Stats
Year

Team

G

MPG

FG%

3PT%

FT%

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

TO

PPG

2011-2012 DAK

5

28.8

.589

.000

.706

7.80

0.00

0.40

1.40

2.80

15.60

2012-2013 SAN

12

27.6

.549

.000

.608

8.75

1.00

0.75

0.33

4.33

17.42

CAREER

25

29.8

.652

.000

.647

8.96

1.12

0.44

0.44

2.96

19.80

NBA Summer League Stats
Year

Team

G

MPG

FG%

3PT%

FT%

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

TO

PPG

2012-2013 GOS

4

15.6

.450

.000

.571

3.75

0.25

0.00

1.00

1.25

5.50

CAREER

4

15.6

.450

.000

.571

3.75

0.25

0.00

1.00

1.25

5.50

J’covan Brown

J’Covan Brown is a former three year University of Texas standout guard.  He is 6-1 and 200 pounds, but is known as a scorer than point guard.  He shot 42% from the field, 35% from three and 86% from the line in his career at Texas.  In his final year at Texas he averaged 20 points, close to 4 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game, making  the All-Big 12 first team.  He is strong for 6-1 and has legit NBA range. He went to the free throw line over 5 times per game at Texas.  His size and lack of point guard skills in terms of decision making were major reasons why he went undrafted in 2012.  The bottom line is that he can score and shoot well from the outside, especially from the pick and roll game.  He played under Rick Barnes who utilized the Jerry Sloan flex offense.

He played in Greece professionally last year averaging 9 points in 20 minutes per game over 6 games.  He remained a good three point shooter at 36% in Greece.

  1. College: Texas (2012)
NCAA Regular Season Stats
Year

Cl

School

G

MPG

FG%

3PT%

FT%

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

TO

PPG

2009-2010 Fr Texas

32

21.4

.352

.286

.872

2.06

2.38

0.78

0.09

2.00

9.34

2010-2011 So Texas

36

21.5

.406

.385

.854

2.19

2.06

0.86

0.22

1.69

10.44

2011-2012 Jr Texas

34

35.5

.417

.369

.863

3.41

3.82

1.21

0.12

2.71

20.09

CAREER

102

26.1

.398

.350

.862

2.56

2.75

0.95

0.15

2.13

13.31

International League Stats
Year

Team

G

MPG

FG%

3PT%

FT%

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

TO

PPG

2012-2013 AGOR

6

19.8

.339

.355

.636

1.17

0.83

0.83

0.00

1.50

9.33

In summary, the Knicks have not had many draft picks over the years, but with this summer league team, the Knicks may be able to add another young player to the roster to develop in either Murry, Mitchell, Tyler or Brown. The Knicks need an infusion of youth and those four players have the best chance of shocking us in the days ahead and making their way onto the Knicks regular season roster.