The New York Knicks are expected to add Jalen Brunson once the free company opens, as reports have indicated he will write a four-year, $110 million contract when the company waives the fee. opening fee. However, that doesn’t mean they’ve finished reviewing this season’s defense points.
Aside from Brunson and Immanuel Quickley, New York’s defense is a bit lacking. In turn, they may look to increase rotation this summer. And while the free agency can do their best to do it, they started the process shortly after the NBA Draft.
New York picked Duke wing’s Trevor Keels in the draft, but then they signed Jean Montero for one of 10. He will play in their squad in the Summer League. Montero, who will turn 19 on July 3, played in the Overtime Elite last year. He is currently one of the first players from the league to the NBA.
However, a year earlier, Montero was playing in Spain. Wherever he goes, his stats never jump off the page, but his rudimentary athletic ability and basketball skills always jump off the page. He is very much a development project.
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor wrote about him as a potential client in the 2022 NBA Draft Guide, providing some great insight.
Montero’s strength as a prospect
According to O’Connor, Montero’s greatest strength is his ability to handle the ball. He praised Montero’s speed and ability to create attacks for others, acknowledging his versatility to play at whatever pace was needed in the offensive phase.
O’Connor writes: “The player is flashy with cunning to get where he wants on the field. “He was quick to get in, which is important for a poor defender. He can play at any speed, whether it’s fast during breaks, slow while scrolling, and or not isolated. In a public trial, he was unselfish and pressed it.”
Other strengths listed by O’Connor include his ability to shoot upside down. Although Montero can’t shoot continuously, he has shown signs that he could become a shooter in the future.
O’Connor said: “Despite the inconsistent results so far, he’s a smooth shooter. “For years he’s shown great feeling near the paint and from the free-throw line, so improving his 3-pointer and mid-range might just be a matter of time.”
However, even though Montero has a reverse attack, there are also some very obvious weaknesses.
Montero’s weakness is a prospect
As noted by O’Connor, Montero’s skinny frame meant his defense was extremely limited. If he can’t take on everything on that side of the ball, he’ll struggle in the league.
“He is a 6 meter 3 tall defender in an increasingly high position, which limits his defense. He also lacks concentration. If he plays hard, he can survive as a smaller guardian. Unless he starts defending with steady intensity, it’s hard to see him contribute much to a basketball win, says O’Connor.
At the same time, O’Connor noted that teams around the NBA are confused by Montero and his decision making before entering the draft.
O’Connor reports: “NBA teams are a bit confusing for him. “He left Gran Canaria in the Spanish Premier League to play in the Overtime League, a league of younger players and at a lower level. He’s not completely outmatched either.”
Regardless of his strengths and weaknesses, Montero’s potential makes him a great development project for the Knicks to take a chance on.
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