There are plenty of aspiring NBA athletes trying to prove their worth by playing in Summer League this week. That said, there are also a select few players who, although they are very talented, didn't have an opportunity to play in Las Vegas for one reason or another, be it scheduling conflicts, etc.
Either way, however, Sin City nevertheless seems to become a hotbed for an assortment of executive and/or free agent meetings, individual player workouts, and more this week.
The Knicks have been impressed with NBA D-League champion guard Toure Murry this week, and are expected to have him in training camp this coming fall. Still, nothing is set in stone, and therefore, the team's third point guard spot is likely still up for grabs.
New York has proven this summer (in the way of varied acquisitions like Tim Hardaway Jr., Andrea Bargnani, and Metta World Peace) that they are more concerned with just reeling in as much talent as possible, and then letting Coach Mike Woodson figure it out from there. Lineups can be switched and swapped constantly, so perhaps there's no need to worry and/or pigeonhole themselves into only having a certain number of players at each specific position. Let the overall talent level of each option dictate who plays.
Taking advantage of the different players available to them in Las Vegas this week (whether they're playing in Summer League or not), the Knicks opted to work out international stud Bobby Brown.
Earlier this season, our own Wendell Maxey had an interesting read on the combo guard, and highlighted his intriguing skill set. For more on what Brown can do, see below:
His jumper was smooth, the three-point shot might as well have been a layup, Chris Paul would be jealous of the dimes he dropped, and quarter in and quarter out Brown delivered in memorable fashion. By the end of the game, Siena won on the road versus Fenerbahce Ulker with a comeback 98-92 win in Top-16 play. Perhaps the best part of the story is the back story: Brown's impressive game came against the man he replaced in Siena.
After spending last season in Germany's Beko BBL with Oldenburg, Brown -- who has played for Alba Berlin, the Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Asseco Prokom in Poland, and Aris B.C. in Greece -- signed a one-year contract last summer in Italy with Montepaschi Siena, where Brown replaced -- or tried to replace -- Bo McCalebb.
Not only was McCalebb the 2011-12 Alphonso Ford top scoring trophy winner but perhaps the best point guard in the world not playing in the NBA.
McCalebb (who finished with 17 points on Friday) bounced to Fenerbahce and all Brown did was lead the Euroleague in scoring during the regular season (19.5 points per game). Oh, and he also did this:
Rank #1 in 3-pointers attempted (71)
Rank #1 in Field goals attempted (138)
Rank #1 in 3-pointers made (27)
Rank #1 in Free throws attempted (65)
Rank #1 in Free throws made (56)
Rank #1 in Games Started (10)
Rank #1 in Points (195)
Rank #3 in Assists (57)
Rank #3 in Assist-turnover ratio (300%)
Rank #3 in Index Rating (176)
Rank #5 in Field goals made (56)
Rank #5 in Fouls Drawn (50)
Rank #5 in Games Played (10)
Rank #7 in Minutes Played (311:48)
Rank #9 in Blocks against (7)