When the New York Knicks open training camp on October 2, four players will get the chance of a lifetime to achieve their dreams.
The Knicks gave an invitation to point guard Oscar Bellfield, forward John Shurna, forward Mychel Thompson and forward/center Henry Sims to showcase their talents with the hope of making the Knicks or another team’s roster.
Bellfield went undrafted out of college at UNLV after averaging 9.8 points, 5.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds in his senior season. He previously worked out with the Knicks twice before the draft, but has spent the offseason in Los Angeles and in Las Vegas with his shooting coach Ivory Manning.
Shurna went undrafted out of college at Northwestern after averaging 20.0 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 44-percent from three-point range in his senior season. He previously saw playing time in the NBA Summer League with the Atlanta Hawks, but has spent the offseason in Chicago working out and playing pickup games.
Thompson played in five games with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, averaging 3.6 points and one rebound while shooting 36.4-percent from three-point range in 19 minutes per game. He’s been working out in California at his high school in Orange County and at the Golden State Warriors’ facility with his brother Klay Thompson.
Sims went undrafted out of college at Georgetown after averaging 11.6 points and six rebounds in his senior season. He’s been contacted by other NBA teams and was offered a few deals by some overseas teams, but he couldn’t pass up an offer from the Knicks.
The terms of a training camp contract are that the Knicks will pay for their local hotel room and traveling costs.