Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE
The Knicks went into camp with 13 guaranteed contracts, and Rasheed Wallace primed to take up the 14th spot, leaving room for only one more player on the roster.
To compete for that spot, the Knicks brought in six undrafted rookies, but over the course of the preseason, it's been more of a one-horse race in favour of Chris Copeland.
The former Belgian league MVP was the Knicks' second-leading scorer in preseason, including a stand-out 34 point performance against the Boston Celtics. Only Carmelo Anthony—one of the best in the business—was able to put up better offensive numbers.
Copeland has been in Europe for a while now, and has clearly developed his offensive game since playing in the D-League back in 2007. The versatile forward has shown us he can have success in isolation, as a shooter and in the pick-and-roll, which will be invaluable as the Knicks move forward.
With Amar'e Stoudemire out right now, Copeland may just have earned himself a spot in the rotation for the first few games of the season, and if he can keep up this form when it matters, he has a chance to stick in the long-term.
Copeland's place on the roster isn't confirmed just yet—the deadline for the final cut is on Monday—but it's more than likely that he'll end up on the team. It will be a travesty if he's not.