The New York Knicks released their roster for the 2016 Orlando Pro Summer League. The games will be held July 2-8.
The purpose of the NBA Summer League is to evaluate talent. Teams put together rosters filled with two kinds of players. Prospects, recently drafted or not, and veterans hoping to get an NBA contract. On Monday, the New York Knicks released their cast of characters.
Most of the roster are unknown to even the most hardcore of basketball fans, but there are some familiar faces.
Cleanthony Early, SF
This is the third straight year that Cleanthony Early will play in the summer league. Drafted by the Knicks in 2014, he is yet to find his footing, which has led to multiple D-league stints. He’s a restricted free agent this summer, so he’ll be competing for a spot on next season’s roster like everyone else.
Ron Baker, SG
The Knicks signed Baker, 23, shortly after Thursday’s draft to a partially guaranteed one-year deal. Baker’s known for his three-point shooting, averaging nearly 37% from downtown in four college seasons. He’ll try to avoid starting the season in the D-league.
Marshall Plumlee is taking a different road than his two brothers. They were both first round picks, while Marshall went undrafted. Like Baker, Plumlee will probably start next season in the D-league. The former Dukie stepped up his game as a senior.
After gauging the entire roster you can probably tell that Early is the only player you might actually see on the team next season. Summer league might be completely meaningless, but it’s always entertaining.