As teams across the NBA round out their rosters with rotational contributors, Kevin Seraphin inked a deal with the New York Knicks, the team announced Thursday:
Securing Seraphin gives the Knicks even more depth at center after acquiring Robin Lopez and Kyle O'Quinn this offseason.
Tommy Beer of Basketball Insiders is particularly impressed with the move from New York's perspective:
According to Basketball-Reference.com, Seraphin spent 87 percent of his minutes at center last season, which has always been his most natural position due to his offensive limitations.
Although he's just 6'9", Seraphin has long been confined to working primarily below the free-throw line. According to Basketball-Reference, 62.2 percent of his total shots came inside of 10 feet last season.
And while Seraphin can play power forward in a pinch, his 278-pound frame allows him to slot in more seamlessly at center.
The 25-year-old averaged just 6.6 points and 3.6 rebounds last season with the Washington Wizards, but his tenacity on both ends helped buoy his value.
"Like [Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes] Kanter, he's a backup big: excellent offensive rebounder, efficient offensively (he's got one of the best jump hooks in the game)," ESPN Insider's Amin Elhassan wrote. "He's an average defensive player (which is light years ahead of Kanter), but a below-average defensive rebounder."
According to NBA.com, the Wizards were 2.5 points better per 100 defensive possessions in the playoffs with Seraphin on the floor. His cumulative defensive rating of 96.3 was also the best among Wizards bigs who appeared in at least five playoff games, per NBA.com.
Seraphin isn't going to blow away anyone with his night-to-night tallies, but he did score in double figures 22 times last season while topping out at 17 points in a January showdown with the San Antonio Spurs.
He was often a reliable reserve during his time with the Wiz, and while he still won't be expected to carry the load for the Knicks, he should continue to provide quality minutes behind New York's frontcourt starters.