“Leslie is also noted for his rebounding and finishing ability, which the Knicks need more of next season. As for Matthews, the Knicks like the Brooklyn native’s 7-1 size and length, but he’s more of a project than Leslie. Because the Knicks are looking for more immediate contributors next season, Matthews will likely be on the outside of a potential rookie minimum’s contract.
So who else will be on the Knicks’ summer league team? Hardaway Jr., Leslie and Matthews will team up with center Jerome Jordan, forward Tony Mitchell (Alabama), point guard Toure Murry (Wichita State), combo guardIman Shumpert and point guard Chris Smith, making the Knicks’ summer league squad one of the best in competition.
Mitchell and Murry were two of the top players in the D-League last season. Mitchell, a do-it-all athletic small forward in transition and half-court sets, averaged 21.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals. Murry, who excels at leading breakaways and his first step to make plays for himself and others, averaged 9.0 points, 3.0 assists and 1.8 steals.
Center Henry Sims (D-League), who played with the Knicks last preseason, has been invited to participate with the team this summer, but he hasn’t accepted the offer yet. Sims is one of the more attractive young big men on the market for his post-up game and offensive rebounding, and he’s weighing several different summer league opportunities. In addition, point guard Tony Taylor (D-League) could receive an invite.”
Tommy DeeLast year the Knicks fielded the worst Summer League team in history, so this will be a much more exciting group to watch. I’m excited about Leslie, who is an NBA athlete for sure. I’m also intrigued by where Henry Sims is at in his development. The Knicks have been monitoring him and really could use his size and skill down low on the cheap.