Now that the New York Knicks have re-signed Kenyon Martin their attention can move from their backup power forward spot to their reserve center position. Jeremy Tyler has secured an invite to training camp and he can fill in time behind Tyson Chandler but his future is likely as a power forward. Center options are limited at this point in free agency but one the Knicks know well and could keep an eye on is Henry Sims. Could Sims fill one of the final three roster spots for the Knicks next season?
Henry Sims is a power forward/center from Baltimore, Maryland. The 6'10", 245 pound Georgetown product went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft. From there he went on to play for the New York Knicks D-League affiliate the Erie BayHawks from 2012-13 where he was named named a 2013 NBA D-League All-Star, signed with the New Orleans Hornets in 2013 to a 10-day contract. After nine days he was released and returned to the BayHawks. After a buy out he went on to joined the Petron Blaze Boosters of the Philippine Basketball Association.
It's clear the Knicks are still keeping an eye on on Sims. However, it's still not clear if they are really willing to put the time and effort into developing a young big. That being said, their interest in him and their affection for Jeremy Tyler would indicate that perhaps developing a player or two might not be out of the question.
In fact, Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork reports the Knicks unsuccessfully tried to get Sims to join their summer league team.
A sleeper pick is Henry Sims, who has received an invite to play on the Knicks' summer league team…
During training camp last fall, Sims caught the eye of the Knicks and their fans. Not only was he a big from Georgetown but he was physical and gritty. He caused turnovers, and used his long arms to protect the paint. While there was clearly room for improvement there was also some real promise on the defensive end.
Sims probably would have made the roster last season but instead the team chose to keep Rasheed Wallace. This off-season the Knicks looked for more veteran help. They showed interest in Elton Brand and Samuel Dalembert but watched them both sign elsewhere. However, there's still three remaining roster spots and Sims could have a real chance to fill one of them.
The catch is, the Knicks would have to guarantee his contract for the season in order to secure his services. on board, Sims seems as worthy a candidate as any to get a guaranteed deal. He may not have the experience of Drew Gooden but he has the upside of a starter on the NBA level if he's developed correctly. At worst Sims could be a serviceable backup big with defensive skills.
Sims has some fantastic defensive skills, is a terrific rebounder, is a good free-throw shooter and has developing low-post skills. Why not fill a need and possibly find youth that could be with the team beyond this season all for a minimum contract?