Jerome Jordan and Jeremy Lin Recalled: How This Will Affect the New York Knicks
Whilst this isn't exactly headline news, the struggling Knicks can use as much help as they can get from their two young prospects.
With injuries taking their toll early in the season, the pair could certainly find themselves featuring heavily in the rotation in the coming weeks, and I'm going to take a look at exactly how they will do so...
Having signed from Slovenian side BC Krka before the end of the lockout, many have touted Jerome Jordan as a possible backup for newly acquired centre Tyson Chandler.
Standing at 7'0", 240 pounds, Jordan is certainly a physical presence that will help on the defensive end of the floor, an area that the Knicks generally struggle in. The main focus for the Knicks in originally sending Jordan down to the D-League was to synchronize the mental aspects of his game with his NBA-ready body and, having been recalled, it looks like this process could be over.
Jordan impressed the few that paid attention to his D-League stint, averaging 18 points, 7.5 boards and two blocks in Erie, over the course of a minute two games.
What he showed in Erie was an ability to do pretty much everything you can ask of a centre to an acceptable level and, whilst you can't expect him to repeat these numbers in the big league, Jordan can contribute greatly to the Knicks simply by being active in the three aforementioned categories.
With Josh Harrellson—who has been one of the first names off the bench this season—out for what looks to be six weeks with a broken wrist, Jordan's role will have increased importance.
Jared Jeffries will likely get most of the "backup big" minutes but his limitations have been well-documented. Jordan seems to have more of a well-rounded set of skills and, although Jeffries has more NBA experience, we could see Jordan slowly chipping away at Jeffries' minutes and making them his own as the season progresses.
With no timetable yet set for the return of Baron Davis—who participated in his first Knicks practice today—Jeremy Lin could see some rare minutes as the Knicks continue their search for a starting point guard.
Whilst a starting role will be all but impossible to acquire, one would hope that Lin does get the chance to prove himself every once in a while, especially considering the erratic play of every other guard on the roster.
Lin's D-League stint provided us with just one game's worth of stats to take a look at, but the triple-double he recorded in that one game should turn a few heads.
Like Jordan, Lin seems to have a little bit of everything in terms of the skill set for his respective position and the Knicks could do with some across-the-board consistency off the bench.
Lin's one limitation—a skill that the two point guards (Mike Bibby and Toney Douglas) he'll be competing with for minutes have—is his three-point shooting but, frankly, the Knicks have been leaning a tad more towards the "die" side of the "live and die by the three" phrase recently, and a different take on playing the guard position could be helpful.
Nobody but Mike D'Antoni (and maybe not even D'Antoni himself) has an idea of what the rotation is going to look like moving forward; D'Antoni doesn't like to go very deep and he seems to prefer the likes of Jared Jeffries over promising youngsters and this may not bode well for Jordan and Lin.
That said, if given a chance, the pair could have at least some impact on the outcome of the next few weeks, before the return of Baron Davis and Josh Harrellson.