New York Knicks: Showcasing a summer of transition and development

RJ Barrett, New York Knicks (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Potential impact of the new free agents

With the addition of Marcus Morris, the Knicks are more balanced then most fans realize. Unfortunately, the signing of Morris may take away some minutes from developing players such as Knox and Iggy at the small forward position. The positive side is they will have to improve in order to earn their minutes.

Morris is a solid pro and has competed against top talent. He will be the perfect measuring stick for the young guys to hold themselves to. If they can’t beat out an above-average NBA player we’ll know exactly where they stand coming out of camp.

Bobby Portis will slot nicely behind Mitchell Robinson as the New York Knicks backup center. Julius Randle will also get minutes at the center spot as well, in certain lineups. Portis, however, is a young 6-11 veteran big man who has already logged three full seasons in the NBA and will become a nice compliment to spell Robinson during the season.

Last season, Portis averaged 14 points and eight rebounds, He brings a lot of energy to this Knicks team and will step in quickly to absorb post work. The last new arrival I’ll touch on is Reggie Bullock after he officially signed with the New York Knicks on a two- year deal.

Bullock will slot in at the shooting guard position and will provide positional depth and guidance to the to Barrett and perhaps the next best sharpshooter on the team Damyean Dotson.

Don’t rule out that if Bullock can get back into shape and continue to compete he may be pushing for a starting role this season.