Should the NY Knicks consider James Ennis III?
James Ennis III is a former 2nd round pick from the 2013 NBA draft who’s been able to carve out a decent career for himself in the league.
As we know, most guys taken in the second round don’t amount to much of anything so considering he’s been able to find numerous roles as a solid bench contributor for this many years should mean something.
A versatile wing defender with the ability to play and guard several positions, Ennis is the type of guy any team should want rounding out their bench.
A career 6.7 points per game scorer, Ennis has shown on more than one occasion he can be counted on either when a guy goes down to injury or as an 8th man off the bench.
He’s also a career 36% 3-point shooter so obviously, he can stretch the floor a bit as well.
When given the minutes, he’s driven enough to take advantage of those opportunities and shine.
As a member of the New Orleans Pelicans back in the 2015-16 season, Ennis ended the season with 15.9 points, 2 assists, and 4 rebounds per game while shooting a blistering 48% from deep on just under 6 attempts per game.
Since then, he’s had trouble finding time on the floor and hasn’t averaged even 9 points per game, but he’d still be a valuable asset for the Knicks as long as he was okay being a part of the team’s 3rd unit.
If any Knicks on the wing were forced to miss time, Ennis would be a plug-and-play type of guy that can defend at a high level and score when called upon.
He might not be a better option than Dwayne Bacon as of now but with a good showing during training camp, he may prove he wants the job more.