The Knicks needed a center, especially after Jeremy Tyler got hurt, and they have one in Cole Aldrich.
His advanced stats suggest he should help them, though the caveat is that’s in a small sample. But this may be Aldrich’s best chance to prove himself, on a team with veteran centers in Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin, both of whom need to be used judiciously to keep them fresh for the playoffs.
Below is the press release from the Knicks.
KNICKS SIGN COLE ALDRICH
NEW YORK, September 24, 2013 – New York Knickerbockers Executive Vice President and General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has signed center Cole Aldrich. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Aldrich, 6-11, 245-pounds, holds career averages of 2.0 points, on 54.-percent shooting, with 2.3 rebounds over 7.9 minutes in 89 games over three seasons with Oklahoma City, Houston and Sacramento. Last season, he averaged 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds over 8.6 minutes in 45 games for the Rockets and Kings.
The Burnsville, MN native was originally selected by New Orleans in the first round (11th pick overall) of 2010 NBA Draft following his junior season at the University of Kansas, and then, had his draft rights traded to Oklahoma City. He was a member of the 2008 NCAA Championship team and finished his collegiate career with averages of 9.4 points and 7.7 rebounds.