Small forward Jamel Artis was not selected by a team in the NBA Draft, but he's getting a key opportunity to make his mark with the Knicks after the team signed him to a partially guaranteed deal last week.
The 24-year-old Artis, who participated in the Knicks' summer league campaign, worked out with coach Jeff Hornacek individually once the summer schedule was complete, according to the New York Post. He struggled in the first summer league game but played better down the stretch.
"I feel great about making the team,'' Artis said to the New York Post in a phone interview. "It's just my competitiveness. I feel I bring a lot to the game and am better than a lot of people, but I want to keep being humble. I feel I'm better than some guys that got drafted.''
Artis said he valued the individual workouts he had with Hornacek as he continues to work towards improving before the season.
"There was a lot of positive energy, getting me familiar with the offense,'' he said. "Like today he's telling me how to close out shorter, harder. He's just telling me input on certain things I need to work on. It's a good sign the coach is teaching me things on his own."
With limited slots available -- the Knicks have one roster spot and one two-way roster spot, which is for a player who bounces back and forth between the Knicks and G-League Westchester -- Artis said he hopes he can land one of them as shooting guard or a small forward.
Artis averaged 18.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in his senior year at Pittsburgh.