New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee is now back in action from his injury, though his spot on the team could be in jeopardy.
Even though most NBA fans pretty much expected the New York Knicks coming nowhere near the playoffs, the team has had quite a few surprises during this initial part of the 2018-19 season. Some were pleasant, some others … not so much.
Perhaps the most pleasant surprise was the emergence of two wing players as two of the team’s top scorers. Those are no other than Allonzo Trier and Damyean Dotson.
Trier, an undrafted rookie, has managed to slide into the rotation since pretty much the beginning of the season. Outside of a few other notable undrafted players like Jeremy Lin and Ben Wallace, it’s safe to say that almost no undrafted rookie has managed to get that much playing time this early on, averaging 11.3 points in 23.3 minutes per game.
Dotson is a sophomore in the league that spent his rookie campaign in New York. Last season, he spent some time in the G League in order to boost his development. As a result, he is now a solid part of the Knicks’ rotation, averaging 11.4 points per game.
Last but not least, Kevin Knox has been added to the squad via the 2018 NBA Draft. He was a rookie that shocked the world during his tremendous NBA Summer League outings, though his phenomenal style of play seems to have been lost in translation during his rookie season. Even so, Knox has already shown some signs of greatness.
As a result, some players struggle to find the right amount of playing time and end up being left out of the rotation. The likes of Ron Baker and Mario Hezonja must have thought they would receive more playing time that they are currently getting.
But now, a new wing has been added to the current roster. Courtney Lee who was previously injured, made his season debut about a week ago. Since then, he has spent very little time on the court, leading to speculation about his future.
Courtney Lee was added to the roster of the Knicks’ G League team in order to get back in shape quicker.
So the question is, should the Knicks deal him to a different team, possibly a contender? He is a very good 3-and-D type of player that can be used either as a starter or coming off the bench.
Teams that are packed with heavily ball-dominant superstars like the Oklahoma City Thunder or the Houston Rockets could take a flier on Lee, in the hopes that he ends up being the missing piece.
Lee is currently under a pretty hefty contract, being owed $25 million for this season and the next. If he can prove he’s healthy, however, it would come as no surprise if a number of teams fancied having a very useful and versatile scoring option for the next season and a half.
The New York Knicks are currently rebuilding. Lee, now at the age of 33, is totally superfluous to the team and could soon be moved to a different team, where he can contribute on a daily basis and showcase his worth.