Tommy Dee says...Chris is on-point with his closer look of Ewing. Anyone who just looks at his stats at Georgetown solely, is underestimating just how good this kid is. He'd be a terror defensively as he developed, and based on his experience with the Hoyas, would give you very energetic and productive minutes no matter how few.
Chris Alvino says... As Alan Hahn pointed out this morning, the Knicks might be looking at Patrick Ewing Jr. if he is cut by the Houston Rockets. Ewing Jr. was a part of the deal in which Sacramento also sent Ron Artest to the Rockets. Donnie Walsh showed interest in Ewing before the draft, and even attempted to trade into the 2nd round to pick him.
When analyzing Ewing Jr., his college statistics are not really a good place to start. While at Georgetown, Ewing Jr. was overshadowed in a system that featured Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert two seasons ago and Hibbert last season. If anyone watched Georgetown last season, they would know that the team thrived with their guard play and the play of Hibbert. Ewing Jr. was essentially a role player for that team, and his numbers reflect that. Ewing only played about 22 minutes per game last season, which was his second at Georgetown. However, last season Georgetown was also known for its athleticism and tenacity, two attributes that Ewing Jr. embodies with the best of them.
Ewing Jr.’s game is predicated on his athleticism and his drive. He has a 42-inch vertical and plays defense with the heart of a lion. Standing at 6’7/ 6’8 and around 235 pounds depending on who you ask, Ewing Jr. is a physical specimen (he must have good genes). In the NBA, he figures to become a defensive specialist and a slasher on offense. Perhaps with NBA training and weight-lifting regimens, he can further develop his body enough to guard 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s, with the potential to block some shots. His jump shot and handle need work, but I do not think that Donnie will look for him to provide much offense.
He could be a nice player to bring in for a look. While there are others who I would also like Donnie Walsh to consider, namely Josh Duncan and Nick Fazekas among others, Ewing Jr. would add nice element to this team’s dynamic. He is no stranger to the bright lights of the Garden and comes from a winning program at Georgetown.