The last few days have been a bit crazy in New York Knicks land. They signed Josh Powell to come to training camp. They then signed Ike Diogu to come to training camp. They then signed Cole Aldrich to come to training camp. Then, out of nowhere, Glen Grunwald was relieved of his duties as Knicks' president and general manager and was replaced by former Knicks' president Steve Mills. Grunwald was kept on the staff as an advisor. Now the Knicks have completed their roster by signing Justin Brownlee to come to training camp.
Justin Brownlee is a 25 year old small forward from Tifton, Georgia. He's 6'7" tall and weighs 219 pounds. Brownlee went undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft but is known by fans of the New York-New Jersey area because of his time playing for St. John's University during his college career.
Brownlee played for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League from 2011-12. In 50 games with the Red Claws, Brownlee averaged 8.02 points, 0.52 blocks, 0.88 steals, 1.42 assists and 4.90 rebounds over 23.5 minutes a game.
Additionally, Brownlee spend 10 games of the 2011-12 season with Toros de Nuevo Laredo of the Mexican League where he averaged 13.60 points, 0.50 blocks, 1.20 steals, 1.80 assists and 6.00 rebounds over 26.9 minutes a game.
He also has two years of summer league experience playing for the Knicks club. During 2012-13 summer league play, Brownlee averaged 0.50 points, 0.50 blocks, 0.00 steals, 1.50 assists and 3.50 rebounds in 8.6 minutes over 2 games. During 2013-14 summer league play, Brownlee averaged 4.00 points, 0.20 blocks, 1.20 steals, 0.60 assists and 2.60 rebounds in 16.1 minutes over 5 games.
Quite frankly, this signing screams of the Knicks bringing in a guy they'd like to possibly keep around on the Erie BayHawks and can give the Knicks another camp body to make up for the fact that J.R. Smith will be unavailable and the teams have question marks over C.J. Leslie.
Does he have a real chance to make the team? Well, if you're in training camp you have a chance but you'd have to give Brownlee the longest odds of all camp invitees.
Regardless of his chances at making the final roster, Brownlee brings the Knicks' training camp roster to the 20-player maximum. That's it, the Knicks' training camp roster is set. The Knicks have 12 guaranteed deals and eight players vying for the final three roster spots.
Who are those eight players? There are two guards — Chris Smith and Toure Murry, two small forwards — C.J. Leslie and Justin Brownlee, three power forwards — Josh Powell, Ike Diogu and Jeremy Tyler, and one center — Cole Aldrich.
Out of those eight players there are three main favorites to land roster spots and one main wild card. Leslie, Tyler (still recovering from foot surgery) and Aldrich. However, Murry has an outside chance of making the roster because of his defensive skills and ability to play either guard position.
It's possible that Leslie could continue to look terrible and fall out of favor with the Knicks. In that case, he could find himself cut loose and open the door for Murry or someone else. It's also possible that Aldrich doesn't show enough and, despite being the only true center around to backup Tyson Chandler, he is let go and the Knicks fill minutes behind Chandler with their power forward depth.
Tyler's health could also be a cause for concern but with the Knicks looking at him as a future investment it would seem unlikely he'd be cut. However, weirder things have happened in Knicks land. Clearly it's a bit of fluid situation but Leslie, Tyler, Aldrich and Murry seem to be the four with the best chance of landing a roster spot.
Training camp begins next week. Media day is on Monday. The NBA season is approaching quickly. Get ready, the Knicks are.
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