14. Cleanthony Early, G-F
Getting the usually inactive out of the way, Cleanthony Early comes in as the worst rated Knick. While the kid does have talent, he hasn’t been able to transition his college hoops game to the NBA.
At Witchita State he could waltz past lesser athletic players. At this level, it’s his basketball IQ he needs to step up if he wants to stay relevant.
13. Sasha Vujacic, G
Sasha Vujacic is just one of those guys every winning NBA team has lingering on their bench. At times he’ll actually inject himself onto the court when absolutely needed – as he did to begin the season starting eight games for the injured Arron Afflalo – but most times he’ll provide the most inspirational cheerleading from the bench.
12. Kyle O’Quinn, F-C
The No. 12 spot is probably the biggest negative surprise on the entire list. When hometown kid Kyle O’Quinn was signed this summer, most thought he’d be the first big off the bench.
While it started that way for the 25-year old from Flushing, he just hasn’t provided that consistent spark needed off the bench.