On Monday July 16, 2012, the New York Knicks signed free agent forward Chris Copeland. Copeland has been impressive for the Knicks in the 2012 NBA Summer League. The 28-year-old former Colorado Buffalo has spent the last five seasons playing in Europe and the NBA D-League. Like any NBA prospect, Copeland comes with good and bad news. What can we expect from him?
He Might Surprise
Copeland was a star in the Belgian Basketball League last season. He led the league in scoring with 21.8 points per game. Copeland was also named player of the year. Judging by this 45-point effort, Copeland can shoot the ball. The 6-8 forward is a versatile scorer. Copeland can score from distance and off the dribble. He can post up and drive to the hoop.
He Might Not Surprise
Copeland may have been a star overseas, but this was the Belgian Basketball League. He will now have to adjust to bigger, faster and more skillful NBA opponents. And it appears that Copeland needs to take shots. Do the Knicks really need another scoring forward to demand the ball and take shots?
At the very least, Copeland will add some depth on the bench. He could be a nice surprise for the Knicks. But don’t be disappointed if he doesn’t make an impact this season.
Edwin Torres was born in New York City. He has been a Knicks fan since the early 1980s. He has visited Madison Square Garden on many occasions to watch the Knicks and his favorite player, Patrick Ewing. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.