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2014-15 Projection: 9 PPG, 4 RPG, 1 APG, 1.2 TPG.
Cleanthony Early will be a solid scorer off the bench for the Knicks.
The former Shocker has been known to rise to the occasion—he dropped 31 against Kentucky and shot 12-of-17 from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc—and he's been eager to start his career.
Early was a little tentative at times during the summer league, but with experience, his confidence will grow and he'll have no problems putting the ball on the floor to score like he did at Wichita State.
He's also an excellent rebounder for his size, which ought to make Carmelo Anthony's life a little easier when the two are paired together in smaller lineups. Anthony was arguably NY's most consistent rebounder last season, and having another body out there with a nose for the ball will certainly help keep Melo fresh throughout the year.
Early's addition to the second unit has the potential to give the Knicks one of the better scoring benches in the league.
In 2013-14, NY struggled to find consistent offense (outside of Anthony), but the addition of Early should remedy those woes. The rookie is an excellent cutter, finishes well around the rim and possesses the ability to create his own shot off the dribble if necessary.