Jul 11 2012
The Knicks international scouts have been very busy this summer. In addition to signing shooting guard James White from Italy and drafting Greek forward Kostas Papanikolau in the second round of the draft, the Knicks added two more players out of European leagues today.
New York signed 6’3 35 year old Argentinean point guard Pablo Prigioni to a veteran minimum contract worth $473,000. I really like this signing. Nicknamed “The Maestro” in Europe, Prigioni is a master passer and can also shoot with good range. I believe Woodson, especially early in the season, will play Lin and Kidd together on the court which should open up some minutes for Prigioni. The Argentinean guard has been on Glen Grundwald’s radar for about 5 years now. I believe the Knicks got a good value signing in Prigioni and I’m excited to see what he can do. Here are some highlights of Prigioni:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUcOCna1wHU&feature=player_embedded] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_DgKDPW7nY&feature=player_embedded]
The Knicks also signed 6’8 forward Chris Copeland out of the Belgian league to a non-guaranteed contract. I’ve seen one video of Copeland, in which he scored 45 points in a game (the video is posted below). There are 3 things I can take away from that video. Copeland can shoot, he has some post moves and he loves to isolate. Sounds like a Mike Woodson offensive type player to me. In Woodson’s iso-centric offense, he wants his shot makers to be able to a) create their own shot b) shoot well from the outside and c) post up. From the video I’ve seen, it looks like Copeland can do those things. Known as a monster scorer in Belgium, Copeland averaged 21.8 ppg and 5.5 rpg this past season while playing for Generali Okapi.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT9sLwsrCPI&feature=player_embedded]
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