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.