Knicks vs. Raptors: Reserve Players to Watch for in Preseason Game

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16:  Steve Novak #16 of the New York Knicks in action against the Indiana Pacers during their game at Madison Square Garden on March 16, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Most starters do not take preseason games seriously. This leaves fans to keep an eye on some reserve players that do not usually get as much time on the floor. 

Fortunately, there are a number of players in Friday's preseason game between the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors that can keep fans entertained through all four quarters.

These men are especially worth keeping an eye on.


Steve Novak, Knicks

The sharpshooter had the best year of his career last year with the New York Knicks as he was finally given an opportunity on the floor.

Novak scored 8.8 points per game, but more importantly hit 47.2 percent of his three pointers. 

He has continued that at times in the preseason, making all seven of his attempts from behind the arc in the team's first game.

Although his role is well-defined, his shooting ability should keep fans excited throughout the game.


Chris Copeland, Knicks

Copeland will have to play as hard as he can to even make the team for the regular season after spending the last five years in Europe.

He has done well so far, scoring 21 points in 19 minutes last week against the Boston Celtics. 

The former Colorado player has solid athleticism and can provide help either inside or on the wing. If he can keep up his intensity, he should be able to prove to coach Mike Woodson that he deserves a spot on the roster.


Terrence Ross, Raptors

Former Knick Landry Fields has gotten the preseason starts, but rookie Terrence Ross is right on his tail on the depth chart.

The stats have not been there in the first couple of games for Ross. However, he has tons of athleticism and is one of the best shooters in the rookie class. He hit 37.1 percent of his three-point shots last year at Washington.

Toronto is waiting on a break-out game from the No. 8 pick in the draft. It could come in this preseason game.


John Lucas, Raptors

While he is currently behind Kyle Lowry and Jose Calderon on the depth chart, John Lucas will certainly be a part of the rotation when the season begins.

Last season, Lucas had a career-high 7.5 points per game while filling in for Derrick Rose on the Chicago Bulls. He proved that he can be a quality NBA player despite his small stature.

In his last three preseason games, the point guard has totaled 16 assists and only three turnovers. This is the type of play that will impress coaches and lead to more playing time down the line.