Back in training camp, the Knicks brought in a load of undrafted free agents. The one who stood out most was center Henry Sims from Georgetown.
Sims didn't make the final roster, but he was clearly in consideration for the last spot. At the time, the Knicks must have decided he wasn't needed with all the veteran big men on their roster. Now, though, injuries have taken their toll, and more size inside may not be such a bad thing.
It would be hard to expect much out of Sims since he has never played in an NBA game, but he could be an upgrade over Kurt Thomas, simply because he's bigger, more athletic and, of course, a lot younger.
Though you can't put too much stock into it, Sims has also been impressive with the Knicks' D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, averaging 14.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.
His production has been good enough to earn him a place on the Prospects All-Star roster, showing that he is on the border between D-League- and NBA-level talent.
The Knicks started their partnership with the BayHawks for this very reason. With Allan Houston working as general manager in Erie, he will know a lot more about Sims than any other team.
If the Knicks deem him ready to play and contribute in the big time, they shouldn't hesitate to bring him up, especially since they'll have the option to send him back down if and when the injury situation improves.