The Wichita State product made a decision on his future today, opting into a contract that puts him in New York for another season.
As if having great hair wasn’t enough.
Ron Baker has exercised his player option worth $4.5 million and will continue to be the high-effort player that the New York Knicks presumably paid him to be. Baker has actually proven to be a useful player when healthy, but only played 29 games last season and 52 games the season before. Injuries have defined the course of his short career. That said, he’s the type of player you hate to play against but love to have on your team.
He’s not exactly a 3-and-D player, because he lacks the “3” aspect of the term, but he provides quality, switchable defense and can handle his own against even the best guards in the league. Baker shot a measly 33.9 percent from the field in the 2017–18 season. No, that’s not a typo—he literally made 20 baskets last season, 11 of which were converted from the three-point range.
Baker will absolutely have to step up his level of play in the 2018–19 season if he has any plans that include substantial playing time. In an already crowded backcourt, Baker will have to outplay Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Courtney Lee if he wants to become more than a shot of adrenaline to the defense off the bench. Just 25 years old, Baker has the tools and the opportunity to do just that.
One thing for certain is that this season will be a make it or break it one for Baker, who’s now in a contract year.