The Knicks have reached an agreement to sign G Jamel Artis, reports Ian Begley of ESPN, who said the team was impressed by how Artis played during the Summer League.
Artis, 24, said in July that he was ready to seize a "major opportunity" with the Knicks after going undrafted out of Pittsburgh.
I still think I bring any asset that any player that got drafted [offers]," Artis told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I should have gotten drafted. But I'm in a good position right now with the Knicks. I'm in a great position, actually. I can only be thankful and grateful for the position I'm in now. I've just got to go out there and play hard."
Artis received All-ACC honorable mention honors after the 2016-17 season, when he averaged 18.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.
"These coaches and these staffs and these GMs, they know how well I can score," Artis said in July. "I just want to show them things that other players don't show on a daily basis, like competing hard, passing, talking to my teammates and things like that. It's a challenge every time you go out there and try to score and do all the other things."
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I like the upside here on Artis. While he didn't win as much as Nigel Hayes in college, the kid can flat out score. He got better after every season and had a terrific senior year. Artis shot 47 percent from the field and 39 percent from downtown, averaging 18 PPG. He's got a big frame and can play either the two or the three.
Artis has more of a chance to come off the bench as one of the final guys than Hayes does. The Knicks could use offense off the bench, and the addition of Michael Beasley and now Artis will help that. If Artis can prove to the team during the preseason that he can be strong defensively and continue to score, he could get the final spot on the roster.