July 19, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks guard Chris Copeland (14) drives into Toronto Raptors forward Kyle Weems (10) during the first half of the game at the Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

New York Knicks Summer League Grades

The New York Knicks didn’t have much success as a team in Vegas during Summer League action, dropping all five games as a team.

However, despite the winless trip to Vegas, it wasn’t a total loss as the franchise got a look at evaluating several young players.

July 17, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks player Chris Copeland (14) in the first half of the game against the Denver Nuggets at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Here’s a look at how the eight guys who played the most performed.


James White: Let’s start with the two guys on the Knicks roster for next season. white is a fantastic athlete, but that doesn’t always make you a good basketball player. He showed that in Vegas.

White did average 4.3 rebounds per game, but he shot the ball miserably, connecting only 29 percent of the time. He scored only four points in his first two games, but ended up scoring 11 against the Denver Nuggets, but did so shooting only 4-of-12 from the floor. Grade: D

Chris Copeland: I liked what I saw from Copeland and he’s also signed to the Knicks for the 2012-13 season. He averaged  13.6 points per game, shooting 47.3 percent from the floor and also knocked down an impressive 41.7 percent of his shots from behind the arc.

He scored 17 points on two different occasions and was the only Knicks player who played in at least three games to average double figures in scoring. Grade: B+

Jeremiah Rivers: Well he’s not as good as his brother Austin, that’s for sure. He  shot only  38.5 percent from the field and scored only 3.5 points per game in 17 minutes of action per game. Grade: D-

Chris Smith: J.R.’s brother wasn’t very impressive either, averaging only 5.2 points and 1.4 assists per game. In addition, he shot only 29 percent from the floor and  62.5 percent at the free-throw line. Grade: D-

Mychel Thompson:Thompson was overall very unimpressive in Vegas. He averaged only 5.6 points per game and grabbed 3.4 rebounds per game shot only 32.1 percent from the floor.

Thompson did do a little on the defensive end, recording three steals in a game against Denver. Grade: C-

Artsioum Parakhouski: Parakhouski went to Radford and doesn’t have exceptionally great size at 6’9″, but he opened up my eyes as much as anyone during the Knicks five game stretch.

He shot 58.2 percent from the field and averaged 8.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. Unlike the rest of the unrestricted free agents that were on this team, I can see some team inviting Parkhouski to training camp. Grade: B+

Wesley Witherspoon: The Memphis product looked pretty good through three games, averaging 12.5 points per game through the Knicks first three contests. However he went scoreless in the fourth game vs. Toronto and scored only three points in the finale against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Grade: C

Mustapha Farrakhan: To say Farrakhan was not impressive would be kind. He had the same amount of turnovers as assists (1.8 per game). He showed no ability to run an offense consistently and shot the ball very poorly throughout. Grade: D

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