With some flexibility to be had on the roster, New York already has a plan in place for what's next, TheKnicksBlog.com has learned. The team is "ready" to call up Thanasis Antetokounmpo, a source tells TKB and SNY.tv.
Originally drafted 51st overall by the Knicks in the 2014 NBA Draft, Antetokounmpo was first-time executive Phil Jackson's second draft selection behind Cleanthony Early. Since playing for the team in Las Vegas last summer, the 22 year old has averaged 13.7 points, 6 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 1.5 blocks in thirty games with the NBA D-League affiliated Westchester Knicks.
The source tells TKB and SNY.tv that the team has been preparing to call Antetokounmpo up in anticipation of a spot (or two) opening up, leading up to the trade deadline, for quite some time now. STAT's buyout seemingly allows them such an opportunity moving forward.
The high-flying forward is an absolute athletic freak. He's able to pester opponents on the defensive end with his long arms, and can assert himself on offense by confidently attacking the basket. His shot-selection and subsequent conversion could still use some work, though. He did, however, score a season-high 30 points earlier this month.
On Sunday afternoon, Antetokounmpo lost in the final round of the 2015 D-League Slam Dunk Contest. He did, however, earn a perfect score for the dunk below.