Taking a glance at the New York Knicks roster of experienced superstars and grizzled veterans, it’s hard to spot a player likely to make major improvements over the course of this season.
As Marcus Camby told me at Knicks practice in London last week: “We are a veteran group. There’s not a lot coach can tell us that we haven’t already seen. A lot of people like to focus on the Knicks being an old team, which is true in terms of age, but we’re also a wise team and an experienced team.”
But there’s one Knick who bucks this trend, 28-year-old rookie forward Chris Copeland.
In limited spots, he’s already proved to be far more valuable than a benchwarmer capable of grabbing garbage time points. His ongoing evolution into a legitimate NBA player is the feel-good story of this Knick season.
Left undrafted after four years at the University of Colorado, the same college attended by Chauncey Billups and current Utah Jazz star Alec Burks, Copeland embarked on what became a five-year odyssey to battle his way back to the NBA.