Oct 9, 2013; Providence, RI, USA; New York Knicks point guard Chris Smith (0) dibbles the ball against Boston Celtics point guard Phil Pressey (26) during the second half at Dunkin Donuts Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks release Diogu, Leslie, 3 others

The New York Knicks trimmed their roster this afternoon, making five roster moves, but shockingly Chris Smith wasn’t one of them.

Instead the club announced that it has waived forwards Ike Diogu, C.J. Leslie, Josh Powell and Jeremy Tyler and guard Chris Douglas-Roberts.

Oct 9, 2013; Providence, RI, USA; New York Knicks forward Josh Powell (20) shoots the ball against Boston Celtics center Vitor Faverani (38) during the first half at Dunkin Donuts Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The moves mean that guard Toure Murry and center Cole Aldrich have made the team for now. It also means that Chris Smith, the younger brother of J.R. Smith has somehow found his way onto an NBA roster, which proves the theory of sometimes it is who you know and not how talented you are.

Diogu was the biggest surprise here as he performed well enough to make the team, especially considering the fact that Smith made it.

The Knicks did have a logjam at the 4, which is why Aldrich making the team makes sense, but Diogu was another big body that could have proven useful, especially given the injury history of some of the Knicks big men.

Diogu averaged 7.2 points, on 56.7 percent shooting, and 4.0 rebounds over 16.2 minutes in six preseason games.

Leslie didn’t have much of a chance as he proved to be a disappointment after being signed shortly after the draft. He only scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds over 36 minutes in five preseason games.

Powell also struggled, averaging 3.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 18.6 minutes in five preseason games.

The release of Tyler was also intriguing. He didn’t appear in the preseason due to injury, but he is a big body with upside, one that may have been worth keeping around.

Despite his pedigree of being able to score in the NBA, Douglas-Roberts didn’t get much of a look and had very little chance of making the roster, scoring just seven points and dishing out three assists over 24 minutes in two preseason games.

However the biggest surprise isn’t necessarily who was cut, but the fact that the younger Smith was kept. He did nothing in two Vegas Summer League seasons that warranted him even being invited to an NBA camp and did even less while in camp to warrant  making a team.

The fact that he was kept around is simply laughable.

However while the roster appears set, the Knicks could still make a move or two before the season begins as general manager Steve Mills will certainly be checking out the waiver wire.

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