Sims is an interesting prospect who is getting a lot of attention lately. I got to see quite a bit of him at Portsmouth, where he made DX’s all tournament team.
A key cog alongside Kyle O’Quinn,Henry Sims was a presence on both ends of the floor as well, playing with terrific energy. Though Sims is certainly not an elite athlete or a finished product offensively, he made the most of his 7’4 wingspan and impressive frame, blocking a number of shots, pursuing the ball off the rim aggressively, and finishing around the basket. Struggling to rebound the ball at a high level as a senior, Sims’s effort-level was a positive here, as he made an effort to go after caroms that he did not seem intent on chasing as a Hoya. Sims did not consistently knock down his jump shots, but he did show the same unique passing ability we saw from him at Georgetown. His high basketball IQ made him a terrific complement to the players around him here, and at 6’10 with a strong frame and excellent length, his budding skill-level stood out among some of the other big men in attendance, particularly when considering he was one of the youngest players in attendance.
Roy Hibbert has developed into a tremendous up front presence on both ends of the floor because of improved footwork. He’s taller than Sims but if Sims can play with the energy he showed at the PIT, he could be a good project for a team looking for up front help who can afford to be patient.
Does that sound like the Knicks? I’m not sure about that.