While looking around free agency for shooting guards or small forwards who could be signed for the veteran's minimum and fit the mold of what the New York Knicks need one may come across Chris Douglas-Roberts. Just last season Douglas-Roberts was signed by the Knicks and brought to training camp. However, he didn't make the team. Could he be brought in again to give the Knicks a two-way player in reserve at two different positions?
Chris Douglas-Roberts is a 6'7", 210 pound shooting guard/small forward from Detroit, Michigan. He played along side Chicago Bulls superstar point guard Derrick Rose at Memphis and was drafted 40th overall in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets.
He played for the Nets from 2008-10, the Milwaukee Bucks from 2010-11, for Virtus Bologna in Italy from 2011-12, the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League in 2012, the Dallas Mavericks from 2012-13 and the Charlotte Bobcats last season.
Could Douglas-Roberts continue his NBA career with the Knicks? For most of his NBA career, Douglas-Roberts has struggled to find a way to translate his skills to the NBA level. However, he played nicely with the Bobcats last season.
The Bobcats played him 20.7 minutes a game and he thrived. He averaged 6.9 points, 0.3 blocks, 0.6 steals, 1.0 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game. Not mind-blowing numbers. However, his biggest impact was on the defensive end.
82games.com reports that Douglas-Roberts held small forwards to just 13.5 points per 48 minutes and an 8.6 player efficiency rating. Although he wasn't as effective against shooting guards he still held them to below-league-average PERs. Mostly, he proved he could be legitimate NBA role player and contributor on to a playoff team.
He showed some particularly nice skills in the playoffs against the Miami Heat. In Games three and four he had back-to-back double-digit scoring performances, recording 17 and 14 points respectively. In their four games, he averaged 10 points on 68 percent shooting.
Overall, he showed he could hold his own on the big stage. That's very important when playing in a place like Madison Square Garden.
However, a down side to Douglas-Roberts has been his health history. He's never played more than 61 regular season games in his five-year NBA career. The Knicks need consistency. Andrea Bargnani and Amare Stoudemire already take far too many days off.
That being said, Douglas-Roberts brings versatile and athleticism to the court. He's an extremely hard worker who needed to fight for his career. He has the blue-collar mentality New York loves.
It would also be nice to see New York add someone who can get to the charity stripe and create his own shot. With the Knicks looking for a backup for Carmelo Anthony and possibly trading some of their two-guard depth, Douglas-Roberts could be a great low cost, high reward investment.
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