Isaiah Roby and Charlie Brown Jr. are both factory workers. The Knicks may not have room for both, but Roby has an unsecured deal. He’s not the biggest for a small 5 ball, but the Knicks have already refused to play Obi Toppin there and sent him to Indiana. They could use a replacement for Toppin and Roby could be an intriguing choice as a potential replacement. He is 6-8, 230 pounds, can defend himself on the perimeter and inside, and is a 35% career 3-point shooter.
The Knicks may look to give Roby a chance to become All-Star Julius Randle’s backup. Not only is there a vacancy there, but the Knicks could also use more shots. New York ranked in the bottom third of the league in effective field goal percentage in the regular season in 2022-23 (54.1%). That plummeted further in the playoffs (49.2%), so it’s not hard to see where and how Roby can help.
Charlie Brown Jr.’s chances of cracking the Knicks roster are longer, but he deserves a shout-out for how he played in Vegas. Here are his stats in four Summer League games: 79 points, 25 rebounds and eight assists on 29-56 shooting (51.7%) and 4-15 from 3.
Charlie Brown Jr.’s defense, both on and off the ball, was also solid. He might not crack the Knicks roster, but he did enough to belong on someone’s roster. You can never have enough wings in today’s NBA.