New York Knicks: Players Who Will Exceed Expectations

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Jul 13, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward

Thanasis Antetokounmpo

(43) and forward

Cleanthony Early

(17) celebrate on the court during an NBA Summer League game against the Lakers at Thomas & Mack Center. The Knicks won 76-66. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Thanasis Antetokounmpo

Thanasis Antetokounmpo is the single most intriguing player on the New York Knicks’ training camp roster. He passed over the opportunity to make significantly more money overseas to remain with the Westchester Knicks in 2014-15, which is reason enough to be intrigued.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s a freakish athlete with a passion for the game, as well as the team.

That’s the exact mentality that the Knicks need Antetokounmpo to possess.

There’s a legitimate possibility that Antetokounmpo will emerge as the team’s featured perimeter defender. Langston Galloway is very strong in on-ball defense and Arron Afflalo has a solid reputation, but neither can be classified as lockdown defenders.

Antetokounmpo potentially could with the added benefit of offensive upside.

Dear Phil Jackson,

Keep Antetokounmpo around for the long haul.

Please and thank you.

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