NBA Summer League 2013: Knicks Summer League Projections

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Chris Smith

Oct. 1, 2012; Tarrytown, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Chris Smith speaks to the media at the MSG Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The ex-Louisville Cardinal or more notably known as JR Smiths brother, Chris Smith is one of those players that are brought in to make another player happy with the organization, in this case, his older brother. The younger Smith does not deserve a spot on the Knicks roster, let alone any roster in the NBA, yes. even the Bobcats. I expect Smith to play 10-12 minutes a game and average around 2 ppg, 1 apg, and 2 rpg on 41% shooting from the field and 27% shooting from behind the arc.

Tim Hardaway Jr.

Standing as the Knicks only draft pick from this year, all eyes will be on Tim Hardaway Jr. lucky for him, the Knicks coaching staff know how to handle these situations and he should expect to be in a great environment soon enough. Hardaway Jr. is an elite scorer who in this year’s summer league is capable of taking over any game. Expect Hardaway Jr. to play up to 35 minutes a game and average 17 ppg, 4 apg, and 6 rpg, 1 bpg, while shooting 48% from the field and 37% from behind the arc.

CJ Leslie

Some predicted that CJ Leslie that would at latest fall to the second round, most predicted that he would be a late first round choice, neither were right and he ended up being undrafted. Luckily for the Knicks, later that night he agreed on a contract with the Knicks to play for their summer league team, and most recently, a contract to play for the New York Knicks in the 2013-2014 NBA season.

I expect that Leslie will get a fair bit of playing time (30-32 minutes) and be very productive averaging 16 ppg, 2 apg, and 9 rpg on 48% shooting from the field, and 65% from the charity stripe. Expect him to be working on his mid-range shot and getting bigger for himself to flourish in the upcoming NBA season.

AJ Matthews

AJ Mathews is a rare talent to find. It’s not every day that you find a kid that is 7’1, has a great vertical, and is capable of doing big things in the low post on both ends of the court. This Brooklyn, NY native has been succumbed to D-League ball where he excelled like many prospects on the Knicks Summer League team. To me Matthews seems like a guy who’s on the fringes of the NBA but would be better off in the D-League for another to develop his game even more. I see the Knicks coaching staff giving Matthews a good run of 15-20 minutes a game but sadly I don’t see Mathews having a huge impact and I see him averaging 6 ppg, 1 apg, 4 rpg, and 2 bpg on 45% shooting from the field.

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