With the Knicks set to take on the Philadelphia 76ers in their fifth preseason game, let’s take a look at notes from their two losses this weekend against the Toronto Raptors (a 107-88 loss on Friday) and Boston Celtics (a 109-88 loss on Saturday).
Mychel Thompson is no stranger to the NBA. He’s played in it, his brother has played in it and his father has, too. I guess you could say he has the NBA in his blood. After a four-year stint at Pepperdine University, Thompson went undrafted, but signed with the Erie Bayhawks right as the lockout rolled around. An impressive five games with Erie orchestrated a call from the Cavaliers, but after failing to latch on with the Cleveland Cavaliers last year, Thompson found himself looking for work. Thompson had a boring summer league with the Knicks, nothing great, nothing horrible, but team executives thought he earned an invitation to training camp. His play thus far has warranted him time with the starters in practice, making us ask the question: Can Mychel Thompson be the Knicks’ starting shooting guard on opening day?
Today, the New York Knicks have announced the signings of Oscar Bellfield, Henry Sims, John Shurna and Mychel Thompson, who all worked out for the team in the spring. Starting October 2nd, these guys will be fighting with Chris Smith, Chris Copeland, and probably a few more invitees, for one or two roster spots. We looked at the John Shurna signing this morning, but I’ll quickly give you guys a little background on the others.
The New York Knicks’ Summer League roster has finally been revealed. First game is July 14th. Barring some potential sign-and-trades, it will look like this:
UPDATE: Since Toney Douglas, Jerome Jordan and Josh Harrellson were all included in the Marcus Camby trade, they will not be playing for the Knicks’ summer league squad.