The New York Knicks have signed 6-foot-10 forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo to a two-way contract. The younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis, Thanasis is expected to provide depth in the frontcourt for the team.
A two-way contract is a contract between an NBA team and an individual player that allows the player to spend more time with the team than on their G League affiliate. The Knicks signed 6-foot-10 forward to a two-way deal.
On August 8, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Knicks forward Jericho Sims dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the 2021 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The Knicks have made it a habit to strike gold with their late-round draft money in previous years.
The Immanuel Quickleys and Mitchell Robinsons are the most well-known instances. Could the last selection in New York’s draft in 2021 be the next shining example?
While we’re still a long way from knowing, Jericho Sims is off to a great start. Sims soared during the Knicks’ Summer League debut against Toronto on Sunday, shooting 6-for-6 from the floor for 12 points and eight rebounds as the rest of his teammates battled.
The 58th overall selection in the draft and a Texas native had signed a two-way deal with the Knicks earlier in the day, allowing him to participate in a maximum of 50 NBA games. With further performances like Sunday’s, the Knicks may decide to terminate Sims’ two-way deal, which allows him to spend time between the NBA and the G-League, as Knicks beat writer Marc Berman pointed out in a column for the New York Post.
According to Berman, Sims stated after his first game in a Knicks jersey, “I was happy.” “However, it’s more about what we’re doing as a group.”
The Knicks lost their Summer League opening 89-79, but in the fourth quarter, Sims’ alley-oop dunk on a feed from Immanuel Quickley gave New York fans something to shout about.
Sims remarked, “I knew something like that was going to happen.” “They can’t protect both of us.”
Sims is praised by the Knicks.
When questioned about his two-way deal, the 22-year-old Sims, a native of Minneapolis, replied, “that’s what they had planned for me,” according to Berman. “I can do other things, but [rim-runner] is what they want me to do right now,” Sims said of his position as a defensive specialist.
The Knicks, however, were eager to congratulate Sims following his impressive debut.
According to Berman, second-year player Obi Toppin remarked, “Jericho, man, does he leap very high.” “Jericho is a sponge who enjoys learning and improving. He’s going to be a fantastic player.’
Sims is not presently on the 15-man roster after signing a two-way deal. His future position is unclear at this time.
According to Berman, Knicks summer league coach Dice Yoshimoto stated, “Jericho has the skills that may assist us throughout the year.” “He’s worked hard in the gym and performed well during training camp.”
“Sims dazzled evaluators with the third-highest vertical in the history of the NBA combine, but still almost slid out of the draft until the Knicks pounced,” said Stefan Bondy, the New York Daily News’ Knicks beat reporter. Sims was dissatisfied with his draft position, which he thought would be between 25 and 40.”
After a slow start, he bounces back quickly.
Quickley scored 15 points in New York’s Summer League debut on Sunday, but he only went 5-of-17 from the field. Quickley, on the other hand, bounced back nicely on Monday, going 11-for-21 from the field for 32 points to lead the Knicks to a 94-86 victory against the Indiana Pacers. Quickley also had eight assists on the night.
Quickley, a second-year guard, is aiming to build on a fantastic rookie season in which he averaged 11.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game.
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