Having sat out all preseason action but one minute thus far, Orlando Sanchez, who is set to join the Westchester Knicks following camp, would figure to be one of the first cuts.
But perhaps it's worth giving him an opportunity to hit the hardwood beforehand. A local product out of St. John's University (and Monroe College before that), Sanchez is likely to become a fan-favorite, regardless of which Knicks team he ends up playing for this coming season.
That said, his skill-set is arguably taylor-made for the triangle offense. While he can create good spacing and hit the mid-range jumper with ease (a la the likes of Jason Smith and Travis Wear), Sanchez can also put the ball on the floor a bit more as well. With a steady handle for a player his size, he has the potential to help the flow of the offense as a point-forward of sorts.
His skill-set is quite a versatile one and the potential is there, so with time, he could certainly thrive in this system. How much time that'll ultimately takes remains to be seen. Playing in Westchester will allow him to develop his game as he prepares to (someday) compete on the NBA level.
Still, preseason is a time to experiment. With Travis Outlaw not getting much action thus far, the only reason to keep him on the roster through opening night would be so that the Knicks could potentially utilize his contract as a trading chip moving forward. Otherwise, the spot he occupies should be up for grabs.
While Wear's contributions have been steady and he's been able to open up some eyes as well, he should in no way be considered a lock for a spot, if and when the Knicks decide to part ways with Outlaw. With that in mind, it could be beneficial to let Sanchez hit the hardwood to simply see where he's at when it comes to competing against other NBA players. New York could use such an appearance as a benchmark moving forward.
Providing Sanchez with a 10-20 minute appearance before preseason ends may prove to be a worthwhile opportunity for everyone (including himself) to see what's there. While a roster spot may not be readily available at this point, it'd be good to know whether or not he can be depended on as someone waiting in the wings when it does.