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15. Chris Smith
From a purely basketball perspective, there's no reason for Chris Smith to be on the Knicks. He made the team because he's J.R.'s brother and despite playing only eight minutes all preseason. He was arguably the worst player on the entire training camp roster and will likely spend the majority of the season in the D-League.
14. Cole Aldrich
While there's no family controversy surrounding Cole Aldrich's addition to the team, it's still a surprise he made the cut over Jeremy Tyler. He struggled all preseason, especially on offense, so the likelihood is that Tyler's injury is worse than expected.
13. Toure' Murry
All preseason, Toure' Murry was the standout player for the Knicks. As expected, he played great defense, but also contributed offensively as a scorer and distributor. He may start the season as a reserve, but it wouldn't be too shocking to see him force his way up the depth chart.
12. Tim Hardaway Jr.
Rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. is unlikely to play a major role this season, but having impressed in preseason, he may just force his way into the rotation.
Hardaway was one of the most NBA-ready players available late in the first round of the draft, and he's proved that so far. His jumper is a legitimate weapon at this level, and he doesn't seem remotely intimidated by the competition he's going up against.
These next few weeks with J.R. Smith out of the lineup are extremely important for Hardaway. He can help the Knicks make up for the major loss of Smith's scoring and also carve out a long-term role for himself if he plays particularly well.
11. Beno Udrih
As far as third-string point guards go, Beno Udrih is one of the best in the league, but he's unlikely to play a major role for the Knicks this season with so much competition in the backcourt.
While Smith recovers from injury and serves his suspension, we should see Udrih a little in the dual-point guard offense, but it's unlikely that we'll see much of him in the long term.
Still, if the Knicks end up facing injuries later in the season, Udrih is a great player to have off the bench. He knows how to run a cohesive offense and is underrated as a mid-range shooter.