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The third and final part of our look inside the Knicks' Summer League roster continues with...
Iman Shumpert (6-5, G, Georgia Tech) -- You might have heard of this guy. Yet while most NBA players head to Summer League after the draft and perhaps again after their rookie year, Iman Shumpert will be making his Vegas debut following his second pro season. A lockout and a major knee injury will do that to you. Shump will be out there, practicing with the team and working on his game because, as Mike Woodson said before Wednesday's practice: everyone in the organization agreed "he needs the reps." He'll be working on things like dribbling with his left hand (pictured above), we presume.
Chris Smith (6-2, G, Louisville) -- Smith is a veteran on this year's squad, having played for the Knicks' entry last year. He averaged 10.2 points per game in Vegas before suffering a knee injury in training camp and undergoing surgery. After missing the entire season, he's looking to show that he can develop his game and potentially help the team down the road. That means: continuing to improve on a three-point stroke that really came along after transferring to Louisville from Manhattan College as a junior; working to improve his handle; and, as is almost always the case with young players, getting up to speed with NBA team defensive concepts.
Jeremy Tyler (6-10, F, Tokyo Apache/Japan and the Golden State Warriors) -- Tyler was a celebrated prospect coming out of high school, so when he bypassed the NCAA to play professionally and entered the draft in 2011, many considered him a strong upside pick in the 2nd round. He'd play in 42 games with the Warriors in 2011-12, even starting 23, before being traded to the Hawks this past season and then waived. But while his career averages of 3.6 points and 2.5 rebounds don't stand out, his NBA experience (on a Summer League roster) and obvious talent do. 22-year-olds with his moves and touch around the hoop never have a problem getting noticed, and he has a real chance to show the Knicks that he -- after putting up 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds a game in 17 career D-League games -- deserves a close look.
Eloy Vargas (6-11, F , Kentucky via San Lazaro/Dominican Republic) -- Vargas is 6-11, with three years in the SEC (one at Florida before transferring to Kentucky) and a National Championship under his belt. Problem is, he barely had a chance to get noticed, playing behind No. 1 and 2 picks, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. After a season in the Santo Domingo League in the Dominican Republic, in which he averaged 19.4 points and 13.4 boards a game, he's looking to show the Knicks he can give them the size they need.
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