2: Isaiah Roby
Isaiah Roby has been a Knick since the last day of the 2022-23 regular season when he was signed to a two-year deal. He made $400,000 but was unavailable for New York in the playoffs because he was on San Antonio’s roster past March 1.
He spent the offseason rehabbing an ankle injury but was ready to go in time for Summer League, where he averaged 10.5 points and 5.25 rebounds per game. Roby didn’t solidify his spot as the backup power forward, which is what HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto reported the Knicks were hoping to use him as. That’s now a role that Josh Hart is expected to fill.
In New York’s first preseason game on Monday against Boston, Roby didn’t play at all. Nathan Knight, the two-way forward, recorded three points and one rebound in five minutes. It’d be beneficial to see more Roby minutes in the upcoming three exhibition games, especially given the team’s lack of forward depth.
Roby’s entering his fifth season in the league, and he’s been waived by the Thunder and Spurs. He hasn’t proven to be a difference-maker, but he could step in when an injury happens or if the small-ball lineup with Hart at the four isn’t working.