So far in his short NBA career, Iranian center Hamed Haddadi hasn’t really left an inspiring impression with his ability on the court. And still, size is something that keeps teams coming back to him, with the New York Knicks showing some interest as they continue to look for a player to backup their starting center.
Haddadi had his best NBA season in 2012-2013, playing a total of 30 games for both the Memphis Grizzlies and the Phoenix Suns, averaging 4.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game for the Suns after being traded there.
The Suns had him for another season, but preferred to waive him than keep him on for another season. The 7’2 big man who does exceptionally well for Iran in Asian games and international competitions doesn’t have much of an offensive game to offer, but with the Knicks simply looking for some size in the paint and solid rebounding, the 28-year old might be a decent, not to mention cheap, solution.
But they’re not putting all their eggs in one basket, and Haddadi isn’t going to get anything more than a training camp invite in all likelihood if there’s an NBA future for him. Even with size, a career average of 2.2 points and 2.5 rebounds doesn’t go a very long way.
The Knicks are also going to try out Jeremy Tyler, who hasn’t really had much success in the NBA since ending his international tour. Tyler was one of the more coveted players coming out of high school, but tried the Brandon Jennings escape and went to Europe, playing in the Israeli league and Japan later on. His attitude and behavior didn’t really help him do anything meaningful overseas, and there’s a good chance that this training camp invite from the Knicks is one final opportunity to remain in the NBA.