After a long offseason full of far more rumors than moves made by the New York Knicks, there are only a few weeks left until the team will report to training camp. The Knicks have a similar roster to the one they ended the season with but added three new players to two-way deals.
The storylines at training camp last year included Jalen Brunson’s introduction to the team, as well as the battle for the starting shooting guard position, which turned out to be not much of a battle with an injured Quentin Grimes.
Outside of the 14 players the Knicks have signed to traditional NBA contracts, this year’s storylines will be about the new players, whether they’re on two-way contracts, a non-guaranteed contract, or a training camp deal.
5 Knicks hoping to make a name for themselves in 2023-24 training camp
5: Jaylen Martin
Jaylen Martin is not only the youngest prospect on this list at 19 but also the most interesting. The Knicks signed the guard to a two-way contract shortly after the 2023 NBA Draft concluded, and he went undrafted. He already had ties to the organization as former Knick Charlie Ward coached him in high school.
Martin averaged 14 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game in 2022-23 with Overtime Elite, shooting 37.6% from the floor and 26.7% from three.
He already caught the attention of Knicks fans when he hit a game-winning floater at Summer League, proving he has the clutch gene.
Martin has the talent and skillset to make it at the next level, but his work ethic will set him apart. It’s a great sign he’s already been praised by Knicks assistant Dice Yoshimoto, the head coach of New York’s Summer League squad.
He’ll make watching games in Westchester this upcoming season well worth your while, and he’ll be a player to follow in the coming years.